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Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS '55), Distinguished Alumnus Award 2019
Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS ’55) graduated from NYU and served in the US Army as a first lieutenant with the 25th Infantry Division. Azenberg landed his first job in the theatre in 1959, assisting in company management on Broadway. He became a producer in his own right with The Lion in Winter (1966) and won his first Tony Award when Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978) took Best Musical. His second came two years later for Mark Medoff’s play Children of a Lesser God (1980).
In his more than three-decade career, Azenberg has presented more than 65 productions on Broadway, including more than 20 of Neil Simon’s plays. Among his many Broadway credits are Children Of A Lesser God (1980), Master Harold….And The Boys (1982), The Real Thing (1984), Sunday In The Park With George (1984), Whoopi Goldberg (1984), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1986), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (1989), Side Show (1997), The Iceman Cometh (1999), Stones In His Pockets (2001), Private Lives (London, 2001; Broadway, 2002), Movin’ Out (2002), La Boheme (2002), Macbeth (2008), Ragtime (2009).
Azenberg’s stage productions have earned 149 Tony Award nominations and 43 Tony Awards. Additionally, Azenberg produced the films Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Sunday In The Park With George, Master Harold And The Boys, and Broadway Bound.
Azenberg taught at Duke University for 25 years. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the 2012 recipient of the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.