When the Broadway industry convenes on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall for the annual Tony Awards, theater artists in Los Angeles will be gathering in a separate ceremony of their own to honor an undisputed Broadway legend -- Barbara Cook.
The 86-year-old Cook will be honored with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement at the Actors Fund's annual Tony Awards bash. Roger Bart, who appeared in "The Producers," is set to present the award to Cook. The ceremony, hosted by Florence Henderson and Constantine Maroulis, is scheduled to start Sunday afternoon at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Named after the late Harris -- who holds the record for the most Tonys ever received by an actor, at six, including a special Tony -- the Actors Fund award honors performers who have made a significant career contribution to the theater. Recent recipients include Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Hal Holbrook and Jason Alexander.
Cook won a Tony in 1958 for "The Music Man." She appeared in numerous now-classic musicals including "Carousel," "Oklahoma!" and "Candide." She was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2011.
The Actors Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to people who work in the performing arts and entertainment industries. The group offers services related to personal finance, healthcare, housing, insurance and other fields.
This year's Tony Awards ceremony will be aired live on CBS, with a delay for the West Coast.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times