Jane Greenwood, the longtime theatrical costume designer whose first Broadway credit was 1963’s “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe,” will receive a lifetime achievement trophy during the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony.
A legit stalwart with a long list of Broadway and Off Broadway credits, Greenwood has been nominated for a Tony 15 times but has never won. She’s worked frequently with Lincoln Center Theater and Manhattan Theater Club, orgs for which she designed this season’s “Act One” and “The Snow Geese” respectively, and has also worked in opera, dance and film (“Glengarry Glen Ross”). Her recent Main Stem CV also includes “Harvey” with Jim Parsons, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” starring Kathleen Turner and “Driving Miss Daisy” with Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones.
The Tony Awards hand out a lifetime achievement kudo every year during the ceremony. Last year the laurel went to three legiters — execs Bernard Gersten and Paul Libin, plus designer Ming Cho Lee — but often it goes only to one recipient, with the difference in numbers determined by the voting of the Tony Awards Administration Committee.
Every year the Tonys also dole out a handful of Tony Honors during a special cocktail reception the night before the Tony ceremony itself. Those recipients have yet to be named.
Presented by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing and hosted by Hugh Jackman, the 2014 Tony Awards are set for June 8 at Radio City Music Hall.