A Tony career

June 07, 2000

CONGRATULATIONS to T. Edward Hambleton of Timonium on receiving a Tony for lifetime achievement. His contributions to American theater are immense and long deserving of recognition.

The award from the American Theater Wing and League of American Theaters and Producers last Sunday was for the cutting edge of the Phoenix Theater, which Mr. Hambleton co-founded in 1953 and ran until it closed in 1982.

This helped establish theater as serious art and off-Broadway as serious theater. It nurtured the careers of many of the foremost actors, directors and playwrights of the past half-century.

Here, Mr. Hambleton, now 89, is known for his contributions as consultant to the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, which kept the Broadway road running through the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, and as a founding board member of Center Stage, one of the nation's premier regional theaters.

Never mind the awards for "Kiss Me Kate" and director Michael Blakemore. It was about time T. Edward Hambleton got his Tony.

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