New York, Sept. 9 – International President Matthew D. Loeb was honored this morning in New York City with the first annual Spotlight Award given by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Broadway League. After Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a few words to the Broadway crowd, the awards were presented by Katherine Oliver, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. Celebrating Broadway and the $11 billion it contributes to the New York economy, the award is meant to “recognize and honor individuals in the theatrical community who have made a significant contribution to Broadway over a 10 year period.”
Presented as part of “Broadway on Broadway,” a free concert in which cast members from new and continuing shows performed in Times Square, other Award recipients were actress and dancer Chita Rivera; composer Charles Strouse; actress and author Arlene Dahl; actor, director and choreographer Tommy Tune; Actors’ Equity President Nick Wyman; Nederlander Organization chairman James D. Nederlander, and Nina Lannan, a veteran general manager and tour manager for Broadway shows.
“I am proud to receive this award on behalf of all our members who make sure the show goes on. The skills our craftspeople and artists bring to Broadway are awe inspiring and captivate audiences from around the world” said President Loeb.