Richard Maltby Jr. Honored at WBT

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

 Richard Maltby Jr. (left) with A. Curtis Farrow.

The AUDELCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL PIONEER AWARD is presented to Richard Maltby, Jr.
Celebrating 40 Years of the Musical Ain't Misbehavin' and how your creation has touched humanity  through the music of Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller.

The award was presented by Curtis Farrow on February 1, 2019 at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, NY.

The AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) is an organization that acknowledges and honors Black Theatre and its artists in New York City. Established and incorporated in 1973 by Vivian Robinson (1926-1996), to stimulate interest in and support of performing arts in black communities. Developing relationships with individuals, local groups, churches, and other organizations to introduce new audiences to non-profit performing arts. The annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, “The VIV”Awards are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. 

AUDELCO’s Young Audiences Series addresses the need for positive cultural experiences for children between the ages of 10-17.  This series provides entertainment and cultural experience for the youth in non-academic settings. The Black Theatre Archives: A collection of books, tapes, original scripts, costumes and set designs, photographs, playbills and extensive clippings on current theatre groups and activities. Their many Seminars, Lectures, and Forums address the general awareness about the contributions of Blacks in the cultural and socio-economic environment. They publish two publications; Intermission, (A newsletter to stimulate interest in the performing arts) and The Overture (a black theatre magazine to document exciting work done by Black theatre artists.)

Richard Maltby, Jr. Broadway: Conceived and directed two Tony Award Best Musicals: Ain't Misbehavin' (1978: also, Tony Award for Best Director); FOSSE (1999:). Director/lyricist: BABY (1983); Lyricist: BIG (1996). Co-lyricist: MISS SAIGON (1989); THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). Director/co-lyricist: SONG & DANCE (1986); Director: RING OF FIRE (2006); THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2009). OFF-BROADWAY: Director/lyricist STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW (1977) and CLOSER THAN EVER, (1989). Director: JUST JIM DALE, Roundabout Theatre (2014), VAUDEVILLE, London (2015). REGIONAL: Lyricist, TAKE FLIGHT, Chocolate Factory (2010), McCarter Theatre (2012); book/lyrics, WATERFALL, (Pasadena, Seattle (2015). FILM: Screenplay, MISS POTTER, (2007). Contributes cryptic crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. Son of well-known orchestra leader; Five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.    

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