The York Theatre Company will honor legendary Oscar and Tony award-winner Joel Grey with the 25th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at 2016 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).
The Oscar Hammerstein Award, named in honor of the master lyricist and librettist, recognizes significant lifetime achievement in musical theater. The award is endorsed by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein Family.
“For this Silver Anniversary presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Award, we are thrilled to celebrate the extraordinary Joel Grey, whose artistry—for over half a century—has become an indelible part of Broadway history,” stated James Morgan, York Producing Artistic Director.
Joel Grey made his theatrical debut at the age of nine in the Cleveland Play House production of On Borrowed Time. Twenty years later, he made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn. Since then, he has been On and Off-Broadway in more than a dozen shows that have netted him a Tony Award, two Drama Desk Awards, and multiple further nominations for each, including Cabaret, George M!, Goodtime Charley, The Grand Tour, Chicago, Wicked, Anything Goes, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, and The Normal Heart, which he later co-directed on Broadway.
He is currently playing Firs in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Cherry Orchard. Joel is one of only nine actors to have received the Tony and the Oscar for the same role, having won both as the Emcee in Cabaret. His other film credits include work with directors ranging from Robert Altman to Steven Soderbergh to Lars von Trier.
In 2010, Joel was honored by the Paley Center for his TV career, which spans more than six decades and includes “Brooklyn Bridge” and “Law & Order” to “Oz” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” He is also an accomplished photographer with work in the permanent collection at the Whitney and four published monographs: “Pictures I Had to Take” “Looking Hard at Unexamined Things,” “1.3: Images From My Phone,” and “The Billboard Papers.” His memoir Master of Ceremonies was published in 2016. This year marks his 75th year in the theater.
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