The Theatre World Awards is an annual ceremony that honors newcomers to the stage. The prizes are a one-time-only recognition for twelve actors and actressess in their debut performances. There is also an award for life time achievement. Canadian-born actor Christopher Plummer, who is best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in the movie The Sound of Music, was given this year’s John Willis Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Well I feel my career has just begun,” Plummer said in his acceptance speech. “This is my second chance. I mustn’t screw it up this time.” Plummer
is one of the most honored actors and has received an Academy Award, two Emmys, two Tony awards, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award.
“This precious Theatre World Award is just about the nicest, friendliest award anyone can get in this crazy profession of ours,” said Plummer. “It offers everything from enthusiasm, recognition, hope, pride and it assures you that the street is yours if you really want it that badly.”
After decades as an actor, Plummer who is now 84-years-old, has seen
many changes in the world of theater and remembers what he calls “the golden age” of Broadway in the 1950s. “There were so many fantastic writers writing for the theater and so many different languages. We had the whole French theater here. Can you imagine that now?” he said during the interview. “It was a great time to be here and the music was of the highest caliber.”
what he plans to do next, Plummer said he wants to bring his one-man show , A Word or Two, to New York. “It’s my own personal journey through literature that I grew up with and inspired me and still inspires me,” Plummer explained.
He said his 80-minute show has a special message behind it. “You’ve got to read in this mechanical age, you’ve got to remember that there are books and language. The beauty of our language is disappearing, which is a very sad thing,” he said. “It’s a nudge behind the shoulder, ‘Well, do something about it.’”