Versatile Broadway performer John Bolton, Tony award-winning actor Jim Dale and renown musical conductor Aaron Gandy will join previously announced Tony Walton, Jennifer Evans, Kevin Cahoon, Jessica Grove, Noah Racey and Annika Boras for The Theatre Museum's 2010 Awards Ceremony.
Stepping into the Master of Ceremonies spotlight, John Bolton is a familiar face to Broadway theatregoers, having delighted audiences in Curtains, Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. Bolton originated the role of The Father in the musical version of A Christmas Story and has made numerous television appearances including Gossip Girl, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Law and Order,Ed, All My Children, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Great Performances.
Taking over for Richard Kind, who had to bow out as a result of a movie commitment, Bolton is thrilled to being MC on the night honoring musical legends Richard M Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who will be receiving the Theatre Museum's Career Achievement Award. When asked to cite his favorite Sherman song, he responds, "All of them."
During his lengthy career on Broadway, Jim Dale has received a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for Barnum, and Tony nominations for Candide, Scapino, Joe Egg and The Threepenny Opera. Other honors include four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award. Dale received an Academy Award nomination for writing the lyrics for the song Georgy Girl , and as an audiobook narrator, he has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy Nominations, and a record ten Audie Awards including "Narrator of the Year 2001/2005/2007/2008" and "Audio Book of the Year 2004." His narration of the seven Harry Potter books has earned him two Guinness
World Records -- one for creating 146 different character voices for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and another for occupying the first six places in the American Top Ten Audiobooks.
Dale's many film and television credits include Pushing Daisies, Pete's Dragon, Cosby, Joseph Andrews and eight of the Carry On comedies. His performance in Adolph Hitler My Part in His Downfall earned him a BAFTA Academy Award nominated for Best Newcomer. In 2003, Dale received a very special honor -- Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon him the M.B.E. *Member of the Order of the British Empire. Dale's accompanist Mark York will join him for his Award's evening performance.
As a music conductor, Aaron Gandy's Broadway credits include Disney's The Lion King, Urinetown, and Dora the Explorer Live! at Radio City Music Hall. He is the music director of the Broadway-bound Jim Dale: Just Carrying On, and he conducted the recent gala concert and cast
recording of The Sherman Brothers' Busker Alley, starring Dale and Glenn Close. Recent conducting credits include an all-star concert presentation of Life Begins At 8:40, at the Library of Congress starring Faith Prince, which was subsequently recorded by PS Classics
for a June release.
Gandy is also the music director for Fine and Dandy, a new version of Kay Swift's landmark 1930 Broadway musical written by Jimmy Bennett. A specialist in the restoration of vintage Broadway musicals, his work on Lerner and Loewe's The Day Before Spring was profiled in The
New York Times. He has concertized with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and solo appearances with Leslie Uggams, Jerry Hadley, Davis Gaines, Rebecca Luker, Christine Ebersole and Ron Raines.