Rosie O’Donnell To Get Special Tony

Rosie O’Donnell will receive the honorary Isabella Stephenson Tony Award this year for her musical theater work with New York City school kids. Via the Hollywood Reporter:

O’Donnell was chosen for the 2014 award in recognition of her commitment to arts education for New York City public school children and her establishment of the nonprofit arts education foundation Rosie’s Theater Kids (originally known as Rosie’s Broadway Kids), which provides students with training in dance, music and drama, mentoring programs and exposure to professional theater. “Rosie exemplifies the spirit and the generosity of the Broadway community through her “pay it forward” mentality within the arts community and beyond,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing.

Previous recipients of this honorary Tony include Larry Kramer and David Hyde Pierce. (Tipped by JMG reader Wanda)