Back Stage will receive a corporate award from Inside Broadway, a 20-year-old program that brings theatre and music to young New Yorkers in the five boroughs. The annual awards are given to individuals and organizations that are supportive of arts in education in the New York City public school system.
Other awardees are the RCA Victor Group, Karen Mason ("Mamma Mia!"), Tony Award-winning actor Boyd Gaines ("Contact"), and a special achievement award to public school teacher Lynne Foster of P.S. 99 in Queens, NY. The award ceremony will take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 3.
Inside Broadway was launched in 1982 when Bernard B. Jacobs, the late president of The Shubert Organization, Inc., asked Michael Presser, current and founding executive director of Inside Broadway, to establish a student ticket program for the Broadway musical, "Cats." In the years that have followed, Inside Broadway grew from a ticketing program to the premier producer of children's theatre for more than 175 public schools throughout New York City.
During April, Inside Broadway will present "Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies" in 26 performances throughout the metropolitan region.
Following the "Sophisticated Ladies" tour, Inside Broadway will present "Creating the Magic" on May 24 to more than 3,000 public school children at the Winter Garden Theatre with the cast and production crew of "Mamma Mia!"
"Creating the Magic" is a seminar which gives students a glimpse into what it takes to begin a career in theatre, including demonstrations of stage technology and a Q&A session during which students will get to ask the actors any questions they have about the theatre.