Broadway playwright and performer Harvey Fierstein will host the 6th annual Broadway Salutes celebration on September 23.
Broadway playwright and performer Harvey Fierstein will host the 6th annual Broadway Salutes celebration on September 23.
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Four-time Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Casa Valentina) has signed on to host the sixth annual Broadway Salutes event on Tuesday, September 23. Directed by Marc Bruni, the celebration will honor theater professionals who have worked in the Broadway industry for 25, 35, and 50 years and will be held at Anita's Way — the public space next to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, which currently houses Broadway's Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.

Broadway Salutes honors a wide range of theater practitioners, including stagehands, actors, producers, managers, theatre owners, press agents, ushers, agents, make-up artists, dressers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians, casting agents, and more.

"Not everyone who creates a Broadway show gets to take a bow," said Fierstein in a statement. "In fact, the great majority of Broadway's magic makers can be found backstage, or in the box office, the orchestra pit, or in one of the hundreds of offices surrounding Times Square. These wonderful theater professionals have devoted their lives to the theater. Broadway Salutes is a chance to celebrate their achievements and dedication."

Fierstein is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots and Disney's Newsies, for which he authored the books, while his latest Tony-nominated play Casa Valentina recently closed at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. He is also well known for his Tony-winning performances in Hairspray and Torch Song Trilogy, the latter of which he also penned and earned a Tony Award for Best Play in 1983.