The 96-year-old Broadway legend was honored Sunday with the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, during the 75th ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Lansbury was not in attendance to receive the honor, but the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus performed a tribute to the star, as audience members in attendance cheered on the actress.
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The Tony Awards announced plans to honor Lansbury last month, writing in a tweet, “Legendary actress and five-time #TonyAwards winner Angela Lansbury will receive the 2022 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre!”
Lansbury is well-known for her roles both in film/television (in particular, Murder, She Wrote) and on stage, having won four Tonys between the time she appeared as Mame Dennis in 1966’s Mame and Mrs. Lovett in 1979’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Presented by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, the annual Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (as the Tonys are officially known) recognize the highest honor in U.S. theater — the equivalent of TV’s Emmys, music’s Grammys or the film industry’s Oscars. It’s a necessary award in achieving EGOT, the grand slam of show business.
In the highly coveted category of best new musical, Girl From the North Country, MJ The Musical, Mr. Saturday Night, Paradise Square, SIX: The Musical and A Strange Loop all compete for the top prize this year.