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Julie Taymor to Receive 2018 "Mr. Abbott" Award at SDC Foundation Gala

The evening will include a performance from Taymor's Tony-winning musical ''The Lion King''.

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Director Julie Taymor will be presented with the "Mr. Abott" Award at the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation gala on April 2.
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The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), will honor Tony-winning director Julie Taymor with the 2018 "Mr. Abbott" Award for outstanding artistry and creativity over the course of her career. The award will be presented at the foundation's annual gala event on April 2 at New York City's Bohemian National Hall.

Executive produced by Kenneth Teaton, the evening will be directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (My Fair Lady) and SDC Foundation Gielgud and Time-Warner Directing Fellow Tyne Rafaeli. Max Casella will serve as master of ceremonies, and there will be appearances by Joy Abbott (widow of late producer George Abbott), Emmy nominee Daniel Ezralow, Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal, Tony winner Donald Holder, Harry Lennix, and Tony and Abbott Award winner Kenny Leon. Tony and Abbott Award winner Jack O'Brien will present the award to Taymor, who is best known on Broadway for her Tony-winning direction of The Lion King.

The evening will feature a special performance from members of the Broadway company of The Lion King, as well as three original film segments focusing on Taymor's achievements in theater, opera, and film.

Proceeds from the gala benefit programs of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. SDC Foundation provides more than 30 observerships and fellowships to emerging directors and choreographers nationally, with talented young artists mentored by the top directors and choreographers in the field, with particular attention to creating access for and supporting the next generation of diverse artists.

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