Bebe Neuwirth will receive The Players Helen Hayes Award.
Bebe Neuwirth will receive the Players' Helen Hayes Award.
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Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth will receive the Players' Helen Hayes Award at a private event on June 19.

A longtime member of the Players, Neuwirth made her Broadway debut as Sheila in A Chorus Line in 1980. She went on to appear in the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity, for which she won her first Tony Award. In 1997, she won her second Tony for her portrayal of Velma in Chicago, and a few years later she played Roxie in the same show.

Other Broadway productions include Damn Yankees (1994), Fosse, and The Addams Family (2010). Neuwirth has also earned widespread acclaim for her work in film and television, including two Emmy awards for her role on the TV series Cheers.

The award is named in honor of actor Helen Hayes (1900-1993), the first female member ever admitted to the Players, the historic private social club for theater, television, film, music, and publishing professionals and patrons of the arts. The members-only event will feature appearances by Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, actor Brenda Braxton, Broadway Cares executive director Tom Viola, and more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.