NBC ENTERTAINMENT CHAIRMAN ROBERT GREENBLATT JOINS LEADERSHIP TEAM OF “MR. ABBOTT” AWARD HONORING KENNY LEON
ALSO JOINING: NEIL MERON AND CRAIG ZADAN AS CO-CHAIRS,
ACTOR JOHN STAMOS AS HONORARY CO-CHAIR
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDC Foundation), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), announces Robert Greenblatt, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning producer and Chairman of NBC Entertainment (The Wiz LIVE! and Hairpsray LIVE!), and John Stamos, star of stage and screen (Full House), as honorary co-chairs, and Neil Meron and Craig Zadan of Storyline Entertainment – Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Hairpsray LIVE!) as co-chairs of the 2017 “Mr. Abbott” Award Gala honoring Kenny Leon.
Mr. Leon is receiving the award in recognition of the outstanding artistry and creativity of his forty-year (and counting) career. The Award will be presented at a gala event on March 27 at espace in New York City.
As honorary co-chairs, Mr. Greenblatt and Mr. Stamos join Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson, 2013 “Mr. Abbott Award” winner Jerry Mitchell, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.
Co-chairs Mr. Meron and Mr. Zadan join SDC Executive Board Members Oz Scott and Michael Wilson.
SDC Executive Director Laura Penn stated, “It’s thrilling to see such an illustrious gathering of entertainment leaders and stars rallying around Kenny Leon and the SDC Foundation. It demonstrates a real recognition of the contributions stage directors make to the larger industry and provides an opportunity to for us to celebrate our ever increasing interconnection.”
Proceeds from the gala will benefit Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.
Host Committee members include: Joy Abbott, Karen Azenberg, Mark Brokaw, Valerie Mosley, Susan H. Schulman, Leigh Silverman, The Broadway League, Creative Artists Agency, Penn State University School of Theatre, Pryor Cashman LLP, The Shubert Organization, Temple University, True Colors Theatre Company, University of Rochester.