New Dramatists, New York’s home for playwrights, celebrated their 50th anniversary by honoring musical theatre legend Julie Andrews at their Annual Spring Luncheon May 13, 1999 at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway.
Some in attendance include Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Judy Dench, Brian Dennehy and Bernadette Peters.
Each year New Dramatists salutes an individual who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the American theatre, last year’s nominee was New Dramatist alum Terrence McNally.
As Founder and CEO of Theatre.com and BuyBroadway.com. The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. The theatre press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” What started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called ShowCall via dialup BBS for members of the League of American Theatre Producers evolved onto the world wide web in 1993, and shortly after this, the vast majority of Broadway shows (starting with my production of Victor/Victoria) and theatrical organizations followed. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as Theatre.com at the Minskoff Theatre.
Described by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members (in the 1990’s this was massive). From buying official Broadway tickets and souvenirs, providing detailed global show listings, interactive show study & educational guides, live streaming shows and events (including many Opening Nights live broadcasts), industry news from major theatre journalists, pictures and videos, games, messaging directly to Broadway cast’s backstage or even licensing a musical, theatre.com offered it all in a single, easy-to-use interface to theatregoers across North America and globally.