The organizers of the Tony Awards have tapped Rosie O’Donnell to receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award, handed out annually to a legiter who’s made a significant contribution to humanitarian causes, social services or charitable orgs.
O’Donnell — who produced the Broadway tuner “Taboo” and also acted in productions of “Grease,” “Seussical” and “Fiddler on the Roof” — scores the Stevenson kudo for her work with Rosie’s Theater Kids, the arts education program that provides performing arts training to underserved students in New York City schools.
Individual initiatives under the RTKids umbrella include PS Broadway, offering dance and music classes that culminate in a trip to a Broadway tuner; ACTE II, a scholarship program for PS Broadway graduates; A+ Arts, offering supplementary support for ACTE II students looking to attend a performing arts high school; and the fitness-centric Spotlight on Fitness.
O’Donnell will receive the Stevenson Award during this year’s Tony kudocast, a ceremony she’s hosted three times. The laurel is named after Isabelle Stevenson, the late president of the American Theater Wing, which presents the Tonys every year with the Broadway League.
Tony noms are due to be announced April 29 ahead of the June 8 ceremony at Radio City Musical Hall.