The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced this year’s recipients of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater. The 2014 honorees are Joe Benincasa, Joan Marcus and Charlotte Wilcox.
Benincasa is the President and CEO of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and the performing arts. Benincasa oversees many programs provided by the fund, including comprehensive social services, health care, employment, training and affordable housing for artists.
Marcus has photographed almost 300 Broadway shows and hundreds of off-Broadway, regional and touring productions. She has also served as the house photographer for the Kennedy Center. Marcus' work has been seen everywhere, from newspapers and magazines to the internet, Playbill covers, train platforms and Times Square Billboards.
Wilcox, founder of The Charlotte Wilcox Company, has served as General Manager for several Broadway productions, including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me if You Can. She is also a founding member of the Labor Committee for The Broadway League.
The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theater, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories.
These awards will be presented at the Tony Honors Cocktail Party on June 2. As previously reported, costume designer Jane Greenwood will receive the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on June 8 from Radio City Music Hall, with Hugh Jackman as host. Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu will co-host the Tony Award nominations announcement on April 29 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel.