The Tony Awards have tapped scenic artist Arnold Abramson, press agent Adrian Bryan-Brown and theater technician Gene O’Donovan to receive the 2015 Tony Honors for industry work that falls outside the Tonys’ regular competitive categories.
Abramson, a former partner in Nolan Scenery Studios and a longtime teacher of scene painting at Yale and New York University, painted more than 600 Broadway sets including “The King and I” (the original production), “My Fair Lady,” “42nd Street,” “Annie” and “Sunday in the Park With George.” In 1991 he opened Studio South in Florida, painting sets and backdrops for organizations including New York City Ballet and Miami City Ballet. He retired in 2012.
Bryan-Brown is a partner in press agency Boneau/Bryan-Brown, one of only a few major press offices in the Broadway industry. Since Bryan-Brown and partner Chris Boneau launched the business in 1991, they’ve represented commercial Broadway productions ranging from “The Who’s Tommy” to “Angels in America” to the soon-to-open “Gigi” and “Something Rotten,” as well as nonprofit organizations including Manhattan Theater Club and Signature Theater. (Here’s hoping Bryan-Brown’s mantel is strong enough for two trophies: His wife, theatrical photographer Joan Marcus, picked up a Tony Honor last year for her own work.)
O’Donovan is a founder of both Hudson Scenic Studio and Aurora Prods., the latter of which has supervised more than 200 Broadway shows as well as titles running Off Broadway and around the world. Over his career, he’s used his technical know-how on shows including “The Wiz,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Book of Mormon” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” He also teaches production mananagement at SUNY Purchase and Columbia University.
The 2015 honorees will receive their awards at a cocktail reception June 1, prior to the Tony Awards telecast June 7.
With the opening of “Hand to God” tonight launching a string of Broadway openings prior to the April 23 eligibility cutoff, Tony nominations in competitive categories will be announced April 28.