Thesps reminisce about helmer, Manhattan Theater Club
Lynne Meadow received the Mr. Abbott Award from the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Monday night.
According to the MTC hotshot, she had known about the helmer honor for months.
“I was going around like Halle Berry with my arms stretched out on Fifth Avenue,” she told the crowd at Chelsea Piers’ Lighthouse.
Swoosie Kurtz reminisced about Meadow’s first theater: “There was one toilet, and it had a sign — ‘Do Not Flush During Performance.’ ”
Michele Lee recalled Meadow’s advice before opening night of “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”: “Keep your hands down and your breasts up.”
Recently departed from MTC’s production of “The Violet Hour,” Laura Benanti performed a song from “Fanny Hackabout Jones,” a musical based on Erica Jong‘s novel and long in development at the nonprofit org — “since the 18th century,” Jong quipped.