George C. Wolfe will pick up this year’s Mr. Abbott Award, the lifetime achievement kudo handed out by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and the legit helmers’ union affiliated with the org.
Thesps whom Wolfe has directed in the past — including Elaine Stritch (“Elaine Stritch at Liberty”), Jeffrey Wright (“Angels in America”) and Ellen Barkin (“The Normal Heart”) — will appear as part of a tribute perf, penned by John Guare (“A Free Man of Color”) and helmed by Jack O’Brien. Composer Jeanine Tesori (“Caroline, or Change”) provides music direction.
Kudo has been given in prior years to Harold Prince, Susan Stroman and Michael Bennett, among others.
Wolfe will receive the laurel at a gala fund-raiser Oct. 3 at Gotham’s Edison Ballroom.