“There is so much romance in that play and in that story.”” /> “Larry was a lover and full of love,” Grey said.
In 2011, Grey and George C. Wolfe earned a Tony nomination for their co-direction of the play’s Broadway debut. The production not only won the Tony for revival of a play, but actors John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin also went home with statuettes.
“Every night you knew that that story was emblazoned on every audience member’s brain,” Grey said. Larry never let anything or anybody ever stop his force and passion to tell this story, and to make sure people were listening because no one would listen.” “We cried with the audience at the end sometimes. Kramer was a consistent presence at the theater during those early days.
“I was devastated and said to him, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen, but if anything changes in the future or if there’s another production, please call me,’” Grey recalled in an interview on Wednesday shortly after learning about the writer and activist’s death.
Friends suggested that Grey seek a doctor’s advice about taking the job because it involved kissing other men. “Someone said you better call UCLA and ask a doctor there if you are putting yourself in harm’s way. “I think it was the doctor taking care of Rock Hudson and he said to me, ‘I wouldn’t do it.’ He said, ‘I’m advising you not to do it.’ But I thought to myself, ‘I need to be a part of telling this story.’ I thought it was that important. I said this is one of the risks I am going to take in my life.” I made that call,” Grey recalled.
It was bittersweet because he would be replacing Brad Davis, who had become too sick with AIDS-related illnesses to continue, as Ned. About two days later, producer Joseph Papp called Grey and asked him if he wanted to join the show.
Joel Grey approached Larry Kramer after seeing a preview performance of “The Normal Heart” at New York’s Public Theater in 1985.

He joined the council's board of directors in 2008 and became the board chair in 2014, along the way contributing to the organization's push for marriage equality. Scandalios — a longtime exec at Nederlander, the producing organization and Broadway landlord — will take home the honor for his dedication and contribution to the work of the Family Equality Council, which advocates on behalf of LGBTQ families around the country.
Past recipients of the Stevenson Award, named after the woman who served 30 years as the president of the American Theatre Wing, have included David Hyde Pierce, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Larry Kramer, and Rosie O'Donnell.
Scandalios, who's worked at Nederlander for 31 years, is also on the board for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the former chair of the board of governors at the Broadway League. markets and in London. The Nederlander Org owns nine Broadway venues (where shows including "Hamilton," "Wicked," and "The Lion King" are currently playing) as well as theaters in other U.S.
The award for Scandalios is one of a handful of special trophies that will be handed out during the 2018 Tony ceremony in June, including lifetime achievement honors for Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nominations in the competitive categories will be announced May 1 ahead of the June 10 ceremony.” />
Nick Scandalios, the executive vice president of the Nederlander Organization, will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award at this year's Tony Awards ceremony.