Cameron Mackintosh is being inducted into Broadway's Theatre Hall of Fame later today (27 January 2014), the first British producer to be recognised with the honour.
"I am deeply honoured that The Theater Hall of Fame has selected me to join this remarkable group of Broadway talents," said Mackintosh, whose myriad producing credits include Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.
Mackintosh is joined by this year's fellow inductees actors Cherry Jones and Ellen Burstyn; directors Jerry Zaks, Lynne Meadow and George C. Wolfe; designer David Hays; and, posthumously, playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
An induction ceremony will take place today at the Gershwin Theatre in New York. Robert Wankel, president of the Shubert Organisation, will accept the honour on Mackintosh's behalf, who is unable to attend due to a long-planned trip to Myanmar.
To be eligible for nomination to Hall of Fame, a theatre professional must have 25 years on Broadway and, at least, five major production credits.
Recent inductees include Trevor Nunn, who worked with Mackintosh on Les Miserables and Cats, among others.
Mackintosh added: "Being part of the Broadway community for more than 30 years has been one of the most satisfying, thrilling parts of my life and career, so I am, so I am extremely grateful for this recognition."
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