George Abbott, 104, to be honored


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. George Abbott, Broadway's great producer-director-playwright, will be honored by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation Sunday before the gala opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" at the new Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Abbott, who will celebrate his 104th birthday in June and who lives part-time near Miami Beach, won the Pulitzer Prize (for "Fiorello!") and four Tony Awards. He was associated with such classic musicals as "On Your Toes," "Damn Yankees," "The Pajama Game," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Pal Joey."

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