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Broadway Mainstays to Receive Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Three longstanding members of the Broadway community will receive special recognition at this year’s Tony Awards ceremony.

Victoria Bailey, executive director of the Theatre Development Fund, will receive a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.
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The 2023 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be awarded to production stage manager, Lisa Dawn Cave; Victoria Bailey, executive director of the Theatre Development Fund; and theatrical accountant Robert Fried.

Lisa Dawn Cave is a former performer who transitioned to behind-the-scenes work and has stage-managed for nearly two dozen Broadway shows including FrozenShuffle AlongFun HomeRockyThe HumansCat on a Hot Tin RoofBring It On, and many more. She is currently the production supervisor for Disney’s The Lion King and Frozen worldwide, along with the re-imagined Aida, which is currently playing in the Netherlands. 

Victoria Bailey has been the executive director of TDF since 2001 and played a key role in the construction of the famous TKTS booth at Duffy Square. She has also contributed to TDF’s education programs, the launch of Autism Theatre Initiative, the Access.NYC website in partnership with the Broadway League and the Veterans Theatregoing Program, among many other projects.

Robert Fried, a practicing certified public accountant for almost four decades, has provided tax, consulting, and accounting services almost exclusively to the theater industry for over 32 years. During the theatrical closure due to COVID, he provided significant consultation and coordination with the industry, obtaining relief through insurance claims as well as federal funding under the PPP and SVOG programs. In his current position with the firm of Withum Smith & Brown, Fried works with and represents some of Broadway’s most successful musicals including Wicked, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, New York, New York, MJ, Some Like It Hot, among others.

The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theater, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories.  

Hosted by Ariana DeBose, the American Theatre Wing’s 76th Annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will air live on Sunday, June 11, from the United Palace in Washington Heights.