The Tony Awards is set to recognize a 10-time nominee with a major honor. Deadline reports that Graciela Daniele will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to theater at the September ceremony. The dancer, director, and cinematographer was born in Argentina and made her Broadway debut as a performer in 1964.
A six-time Drama Desk nominee, Daniele’s director and choreographer credits include “Chita Rivera,” “The Dancer’s Life,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” She took home Fosse Awards for her work in “Mighty Aphrodite” and “Everyone Says I Love You.”
“We are thrilled to recognize Graciela with the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater,” American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens and Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a joint statement. “Her impact on the Broadway community and on our culture as a whole has been immeasurable.”
The League of Professional Theatre Women honored Daniele with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Theatre Women Awards. BroadwayBox posted a YouTube retrospective of her work to mark the occasion.
The Tony Awards will take place September 26.
Check out a video of Daniele discussing her career in an in-depth interview below.