George C. Wolfe, the director-writer at the helm of the upcoming, starry Broadway musical “Shuffle Along,” will be honored by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center with the 2016 Monte Cristo Award, given to a creative whose body of work had made a notable impact on American theater.
Wolfe receives the award for a directing career that includes the Tony-winning production of both parts of “Angels in America”; Tom Hanks megahit “Lucky Guy”; and Savion Glover’s tap showcase “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk.” A former artistic director of the Public Theater, Wolfe also staged productions including “Topdog/Underdog” and the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Mother Courage and her Children” that starred Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.
As a writer, Wolfe is the conceiver of “Noise/Funk” and the co-book writer of Michael John LaChiusa musical “The Wild Party,” and he pens the original libretto elements for “Shuffle Along.” He also wrote and directed plays “The Colored Museum,” “Spunk” and “Paradise.”
His screen credits include HBO’s 2006 film “Lackawanna Blues” and 2013 feature “Nights in Rodanthe,” and he’s appeared as an actor in films “Garden State” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”
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Wolfe will receive the award during a May 9 gala in New York, a fundraiser that supports the new-work development programs run by the O’Neill Theater Center, including the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference.
“Shuffle Along,” based on a 1921 musical and starring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, opens on Broadway April 28.