The Richard Seff Award
Broadway Vets Julie Halston, Brad Oscar Receive Distinguished Equity Foundation Award
Originator of the Richard Seff Award is Seff himself (center), flanked by Julie Halston and Brad Oscar, winners of the annual honor.
photo: Stephanie Masucci
Julie Halston (You Can’t Take It With You) and Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!) are the recipients of the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation to veteran female and male character actors for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.
The winners were presented with the award at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Equity office in New York.
Halston, a recipient of three Drama Desk, two Drama League and two Outer Critics’ Circle nominations as well as an Off-Broadway Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award for her work, appeared in the Charles Busch comedies, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Lady in Question and Red Scare on Sunset. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Hairspray, Gypsy and Twentieth Century. Off-Broadway appearances include The Tribute Artist and The Divine Sister. She has won four MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) awards for her solo comedyperformances andon TV she was on Sex and the City and the CBS’ The Class.
“I’m such a proud Equity member,” said Halston. “My dad was a union man; it allowed us to have a good life. And, Equity has allowed me to have a life, and a creative life. I can’t tell you how you exciting it is every night to open the stage door of a Broadway theater.”
“I love actors,” said director Susan Stroman, who presented Oscar with his award. “But, the actor I love most of all (don’t tell the others) is Brad Oscar. He has a wonderful heart that gets across the footlights.”
Oscar received a Tony nomination for his work in The Producers (directed by Stroman),which he alsoplayed in London’s West End. Broadway credits include Big Fish, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Jekyll & Hyde and Aspects of Love. He was in the national tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Young Frankenstein and Jekyll & Hyde,and he has also appeared Off-Broadway, in Encores! productions and in regional theater, receiving a Carbonell Award as Best Actor in a Musical for Barnum at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
“I’m so lucky to be a member, a proud member and professional actor,” Oscar said. “I love what we do: We come together, we tell stories.”
He added, “This award finally recognizes that ‘yes, I’m 50!’”
The judges’ panel includes Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins-Doloff, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers.
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In 2003 the Actors' Equity Foundation established the Richard Seff Award, an annual award to be given to a male and female character actor who is 50 years old or older and who has been a member of the Actors' Equity for 25 years or longer, for the best performance in a featured or unfeatured supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production.