Two-time Tony-winning actress Chita Rivera and seven-time Tony-winning producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will receive Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre honors at the 2018 Tony Awards, it was announced on Monday.
“The cultural impact that Chita and Andrew have had on the international theatre community and on theatre education, has been immeasurable,” said Heather Hitchens, president & CEO of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement.
“They are groundbreakers, they are inspirations and we are truly honored to recognize these two incredible legends with the Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement.”
Rivera said in a statement that she felt “deeply honored” by the award. “I would not trade my life in the theatre for anything as the theatre IS life,” she said.
Webber shared a similar sentiment in his own statement, saying, “I am completely overwhelmed as a Brit to be honoured by the Broadway community at the Tonys, particularly at the time when musicals are flying higher in their spiritual home New York than they have for two generations.”
Nominees for this year’s awards will be announced May 1 by Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee.
The 72nd Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air on June 10.