Gershon, Siccardi, Open Doors recognized
Music Theater Intl. topper Freddie Gershon, Broadway production supervisor Artie Siccardi and TDF’s Open Doors program are set to receive the 2012 Tony Honors.A subset of the Tony Awards, the Honors are handed out every year to legiters whose industry work does not fall into any of the competitive categories in which the Tonys dole out laurels each year. Gershon takes the prize for the Broadway KIDS and Broadway JR. programs, offered under the umbrella of MTI, which licenses stage titles for performance by amateur, pro and school troupes. Created by Gershon and launched in 1994, the KIDS and JR. series aim to introduce tykes to musical theater by licensing pared down versions of titles — in author-approved edits running either 30 or 60 minutes — for performance by elementary and middle school students. Siccardi, the head of Arthur Siccardi Theatrical Services, receives the Tony Honor for a long career supervising a string of Main Stem outings including “Dreamgirls,” “Broadway Bound,” “The Real Thing,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Annie.” Open Doors gets its Tony tap as an arts education initiative that sees stage pros mentoring Gotham public high school students, who are also shepherded to half a dozen Rialto or Off Broadway shows during the course of a school year. Theater Development Fund, the Gotham nonprofit best known for its TKTS booths, co-founded Open Doors in 1998 with the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Tony Honors are awarded during the annual Tony Eve Cocktail Party, to be held this year on June 9, the night before the big kudofest June 10.