Tonys name noncompetitive winners

Composer Jerry Herman to receive lifetime award

Jerry Herman, Phyllis Newman, publicist Shirley Herz and the Signature Theater in Arlington, Va., will receive the annual Tony honors in noncompetitive categories.

Herman — the composer and lyricist of tuners including “Mame,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Hello, Dolly!” — will receive the lifetime achievement award. Herman has picked up two Tonys over the course of his career, for “Hello, Dolly!” in 1964 and “La Cage” in 1984.

Signature gets the Tony’s annual regional theater award, which comes with a cash prize of $25,000 from Tony sponsor Visa.

Other noteworthy recent productions at the theater include a new tuner adaptation of “Giant” from Michael John LaChiusa, now playing, as well as a radically pared-down “Les Miserables,” a Kander and Ebb fest and the musical “Glory Days,” which moved to Broadway last season but flopped.

Actress Newman receives the newly created Isabelle Stevenson Award for a member of the theater community with a notable track record as a volunteer for humanitarian causes, not necessarily related to legit.

Newman picks up the inaugural prize as the founder of the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, a support org for femmes in the industry dealing with critical health issues. Founded in 1995, the org is part of the Actors Fund of America.

Herz gets the Tony honor for excellence in theater, for her work as a press agent on more than 200 shows (including “3 Penny Opera,” “Oh! Calcutta!” and “Fiddler on the Roof”) over a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

Honors will be presented during the Tony Awards ceremony June 7, along with the winners of the competitive categories. Nominations for those kudos are announced Tuesday morning.

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