Winners of The Broadway League's 2023 League Awards—celebrating industry professionals whose achievements contribute to the success of Broadway on the road—were announced at the League's 33rd annual Spring Road Conference.
The Manhattan conference welcomed a record-breaking 850 attendees representing approximately 150 markets around the U.S. and Canada.
Gina Vernaci was honored with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award, while other recipients included Chris Meyers for Outstanding Achievement in Road Group Sales, Kelli Palan for Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing & Press, Scott Hemerling for Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing & Press, Marisol Sánchez-Best for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Engagement, Ron Legler for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management, and Kara Gebhart with the George MacPherson Road Award.
The Star of Touring Broadway honorees include Congresswoman Kathy Manning (North Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District), Jim Pugh (Chairman of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts), and The Boston Area Lexus Dealers Association.
“Congratulations to this year’s League Award honorees, who exemplify excellence in their endeavors of presenting and enriching Broadway in their hometowns,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, in a statement. “Broadway is a vital national industry. During the 2022-23 season, Touring Broadway reached an audience of more than 16.5 million with 39 shows touring in more than 180 cities. This would not be possible without the tremendous support and efforts of our members.”
The 2023 Spring Road Conference allowed the community the chance to gather and discuss the state of Broadway on the road, celebrate recent accomplishments, and look towards the future.
Founded in 1930, The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry; its 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in nearly 200 markets in North America and internationally.