Dance Humanitarian Award
Over the course of her distinguished career, Bebe Neuwirth has achieved extraordinary success in theatre, television and film. In 1980, she made her Broadway debut in A Chorus Line. She then appeared in Little Me, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity, for which she won her first Tony Award, followed by Damn Yankees, Fosse, and The Addams Family. Bebe won her second Tony, as well as the Drama Desk, Astaire, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Distinguished Performance of the Year Awards for her portrayal of Velma in Chicago. A few years later she played Roxie in the show, making her the only triple-threat to have played both parts on Broadway. Her broad diversity of roles in Regional theatre and off-Broadway have ranged from Anita in West Side Story at the Cleveland Opera to Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. From a Richard Greenberg play at Lincoln Center to a Woody Allen play directed by Mr. Allen at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Several years ago she appeared in the critically acclaimed Here Lies Jenny, a music theatre piece comprised entirely of music by Kurt Weill, at the Zipper Theatre. It was directed by Roger Rees and choreographed by Ann Reinking.
Bebe is well known for her work in film and television. She won two Emmy Awards for her role of Lilith Sternin Crane on Cheers, and was nominated for Emmys for her work on Frasier and for her portrayal of Dorothy Parker in the TV movie Dash and Lilly. After recent guest appearances on The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, and was a series regular on CBS’ Madame Secretary. She has appeared in numerous films, including Say Anything, Green Card, Bugsy, Jumanji, Summer of Sam, Liberty Heights, Celebrity, and Tadpole.
Ms. Neuwirth toured a symphony show, ‘Bebe Sings Weill and Kander & Ebb’, and a piano cabaret show, ‘Stories with Piano’. Her two CDs are a studio album called ‘Porcelain’, and another recorded live at 54 Below called ‘Stories. . . in NYC’.
Ms. Neuwirth is the recipient of the CTFD Rolex Dance Award, the Dance Magazine Award, and the Sarah Siddons Society Award, among others. She is both an Honorary Zeigfeld Girl, and an honorary member of Local One, the Stage Hands Union. She is a vice-chair of The Actors Fund, for whom she founded a program called The Dancers’ Resource – a program aimed at relieving the particular emotional and physical challenges faced by dancers.