Director and Choreographer Graciela Daniele will receive the 2020 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Daniele began her Broadway career in 1964 as a performer and later went on to choreograph musicals including “The Rink,” “Ragtime,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” The Visit” and more. She directed and choreographed “Once on This Island,” the 1999 revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.”
“We are thrilled to recognize Graciela with the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre,” Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement. “Her impact on the Broadway community and on our culture as a whole has been immeasurable.”
Daniele has earned 10 Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk nominations throughout her career. Off-Broadway, Daniele directed and choreographed Michael John LaChuisa’s “Hello Again,” and “Bernarda Alba” at the Lincoln Center and “Little Fish” at Second Stage. She appeared in the original Broadway casts of “Follies,” Promises, Promises” and “Chicago.”
The Tony Awards are scheduled to take place Sept. 26, in a two-part presentation airing first on Paramount+ and then on CBS.