Al Pacino slated to accept on behalf of friend

Al Pacino will accept a special Elliot Norton Award on behalf of his friend, the late actor Paul Benedict, when the Boston Theater Critics Assn. presents its annual honors May 11.

Special kudo was announced along with the noms for the Norton production awards, with Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking,” Kate Burton (for “The Corn Is Green”) and Brooks Ashmanskas (for “She Loves Me”) also on the list, all for stints at Beantown’s Huntington Theater.

Benedict was a member of David Wheeler’s Theater Company of Boston in the 1960s and returned to the area regularly, appearing with the American Repertory Theater and the Huntington. Pacino appeared with Benedict in TCB shows such as “Richard II” and “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

Rick Lombardo, outgoing artistic director of the New Repertory Theater in Watertown, Mass., will receive the Elliot Norton Prize for sustained excellence. Lombardo is now a.d. of San Jose Repertory Theater.

Winner of the competitive production laurels, handed out to Greater Boston theater offerings, will be awarded at a ceremony at Harvard U.’s Sanders Theater.

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