New York, NY – IATSE members Alyce Gilbert and Neil Mazzella will be among four honorees receiving 2007 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. The Tony Honors recognize contributions in the field of theatre by individuals and organizations not eligible in any of the established Tony categories.
Alyce Gilbert is a longtime wardrobe supervisor, who has worked both on and off-Broadway for nearly 40 years. She is currently the wardrobe supervisor on “Wicked,” responsible for maintaining over 300 costumes and supervising a department of 11. Her Broadway credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Ballroom,” “Dreamgirls,” “Grand Hotel,” “The Will Rogers Follies,” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion.” She has worked on dozens of off-Broadway productions, including many shows with designer Theoni V. Aldredge and for Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre.
Neil Mazzella is the proprietor of Hudson Scenic Studios. He has built scenery for over 200 Broadway and touring productions and has been an unsung hero to many producers, directors, and designers over the past two decades. Hudson Scenic, which is now 26 years old and has been primarily known for production design, scenic fabrication and automation services, began a lighting division in 2005. Among Mazzella’s numerous credits include the recent Broadway productions of “Mary Poppins,” “Spring Awakening,” “The Apple Tree,” “The Year of Magical Thinking,” and the Broadway premiere of “Talk Radio.” Touring shows include the Orlando production of “Finding Nemo – The Musical,” “Spamalot” in Las Vegas, and “The Color Purple” in Chicago. He is also a visiting artist in the Department of Design at the Tisch Institute of Performing Arts.
The other two Tony Honors will be received by dance replicateur Gemze De Lappe and music coordinator Seymour “Red” Press.
The announcement was made by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, and will be presented at a luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Tavern on the Green. The Tonys are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.