Saturday, July 30, 2011

Off Broadway award established to honor caricaturist Sam Norkin

I posted this announcement of Sam's award last week and now I am sorry to hear that Sam passed away this morning. God bless you, Sam. I will cherish the caricature you did of me.

To honor his longstanding contributions to the New York Theater—both On and Off Broadway—the Drama Desk Board of Directors has decided to establish a new special annual award in Sam Norkin’s name. Sam has been a superlative caricaturist of theater, opera, ballet and film celebrities for the New York Herald Tribune (from 1940-1956) and for the Daily News (from 1956-1982). His witty, elegant illustrations have also appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, Back Stage and Variety. During his many years of service to the Drama Desk, he designed the original Drama Desk Awards plaque, served as President of the organization, and has been a longtime member of the Board.

The Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award will be given in any Off Broadway awards category (person or production) which the nominating committee designates as worthy of this special distinction.

I was blessed to have Sam do a caricature of me one evening at at Drama Desk party. It's good to hear he's being honored in this way.

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