"They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, and no one shines brighter than Irene Gandy!”
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IRENE GANDY, winner of the 2020 Tony Honors Excellence in Theatre Award, has recently been appointed to the Drama League Board of Directors. She is the only Black female press agent member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) for over 50 years. Working with Producer Jeffrey Richards for over 3 decades, she is a Tony-Award winning producer on Broadway for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and was a producer for Lady Day At Emerson Bar and Grill starring Audra MacDonald. She was also co-producer with Voza Rivers of the National Tour of the South African musical Sarafina.
In 2008, she became the first female press agent to be immortalized with a Sardi’s caricature. A fashionista known for her furs, in 2015 she launched a signature collection featured in Vogue Magazine and will debut a Lady Irene Fur line in 2022. Gandy’s recent productions include The Great Society, American Son, China Doll, Fiddler on the Roof, and You Can't Take It With You. Gandy began her career in 1968 as a publicist with Douglas Turner Ward and Robert Hooks’ Negro Ensemble Company. Since then, she has worked on over 100 Broadway shows, including August Osage County, Glengarry Glen Ross, Radio Golf, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Lena Horne: The Lady, and her Music, and The Wiz.
In addition to her work in theatre, she was Associate Director of Special Markets for CBS Records, working with such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Jacksons, and Labelle, and her personal music clients include Freddie Jackson and Nona Hendryx. Gandy is the Press Consultant for Harlem Week, recipient of the 1997 National Action Network’s “Woman of Excellence Award,” the 2007 Vanguard Award from Black to Broadway Productions, the 2004 Black Public Relations Society Award, the 2013 “Inspire in New York” Award, 2015 Pioneer Award for BLACK PRIDE NYC, and the 2015 Café Mocha “Salute Her” Media Legend Award.
Other awards include "Project 1 Voice Lifetime Achievement" for outstanding achievements and vision to artistic excellence in the American Theater; 2017 HARLEM WEEK Vivian Robinson Arts & Culture Award; and "Life Changers" presented by WNBA players Teresa Weatherspoon and Rita Haywood for inspiring, transforming, and empowering others. In 2018, she was honored with Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO "Pioneer Award" for Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre. In 2019, she was honored with the NAACP-LGBTQ David Weaver Prize for Excellence in the Arts. In 2020, Gandy was inducted into New York Public Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library as part of The League of Professional Theatre Women’s Oral History Project. Gandy currently serves on the boards of City College for the Arts, HARLEM WEEK, and New Heritage Theater.
LADY IRENE FURS
THE FUR WAREHOUSE NYC ANNOUNCES A PARTNERSHIP WITH BROADWAY ICON IRENE GANDY ALL-NEW "LADY IRENE JUST US FUR COLLECTION"
The Fur Warehouse NYC has partnered with Tony-Award-winning Broadway Producer/Publicist Irene Gandy with all-new “Lady Irene Furs Collection”
Inspired by her long-time furrier Mr. Pete in 2015 she introduced the “Irene Gandy Fur Collection and more recently The Coalition for Blacks For Fur against the ban against sales of fur.
“I am excited by this new partnership with Fur Warehouse NY because it is family owned and operated for 50 years, and their work ethic and customer service has been their 1st priority.”
Slightly before the Pandemic put the world on pause, Ms. Gandy was knighted the title of Lady by HRH Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of the Bakwa Luntu People of Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thus the name for her fur collection.
"The Lady Irene Furs Collection” features a colorful luxury line of furs including, fur accessories, hats, headbands, jackets, and coats for women and men at affordable prices.
Irene Gandy featured in
When The Lights are Bright Again