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A Roundabout Road to Broadway Takes Top Honors

A Roundabout Road to Broadway Takes Top Honors

By MARK A. ROBINSON

JUN 16, 2017

A Roundabout Road to Broadway, a Special 50th Anniversary Film, has won a quartet of accolades AVA Digital Awards, the Telly Awards, the Hermes Creative Awards and the Creative International Awards. 

The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) announced that the 22-minute film, directed by Andrew Lawton, was honored with the four awards that honor creative professionals involved with planning and design of all digital arts and communication. 

The AVA Digital Awards recognizes work ranging from digital campaigns to audio and video production to social media interaction. The international competition seeks out professionals responsible for the concept, direction and production digital communication.

With over 13,000 entries each year, the Telly Awards has been a symbol for creative excellence. The award honor the best in TV and Cable, Digital and Streaming, and Non-Broadcast Productions to strengthen the visual arts community.

The Hermes Creative Awards is open to creative professionals internationally who are involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and emerging technologies.

The Creativity International Design Awards is one of the longest running independent advertising and graphic design competitions honoring the work of well-established and up-and-coming graphic designers around the world.

“A Roundabout Road to Broadway” tells the story of the evolution of The Roundabout Theatre Company over its 50-year tenure as one of New York City’s most adventurous and enduring creative institutions. The special 50th anniversary film aired on February 6, 2016 on NBC 4 New York, was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and featured interviews with Alec Baldwin, Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Jake Gyllenhaal, Stephen Karam, Jane Krakowski, Frank Langella, Audra McDonald, Dame Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Christopher Plummer and many more.

In its early years, Roundabout produced classic plays in the basement of a supermarket, finding success in reimaging and reviving the great works of yesteryear. In the 1980s, the company experienced financial hardships that almost closed the now-renowned theatrical institution. In a phoenix-like rebirth, Roundabout turned near-bankruptcy into prosperity, going on to acquire several Broadway theatres to house their productions, continuing to revive celebrated plays and musicals including Cabaret, She Loves Me, Assassins, Marvin’s Room and 12 Angry Men. Recent Off-Broadway productions include The Robber Bridegroom and Into the Woods.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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