Hays receives Cable Car Award

Theater presenter and Broadway producer Carole Shorenstein Hays has received the Silver Cable Car Award for promoting the arts in San Francisco.

The honor, awarded Tuesday by the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, recognizes significant contributions to The City’s visitor industry.

Previous honorees include Herb Caen, Willie Mays and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

SFCVB President Joe D’Alessandro said, “Her bold and brave approach to theater keeps San Francisco on the forefront of the national arts scene.”

Hays, founder of SHN, which has presented the Best of Broadway series in San Francisco for more than 30 years, said, “I am thrilled to be a part of what San Francisco contributes to the world. I deeply believe in the power of the arts to move people and it is important to me to share this with others.”

Hays has shepherded world premieres as well Broadway hits. Among the high-profile productions on her roster are “Wicked,” “Dame Edna — Back with a Vengeance,” “Legally Blonde,” “Les Miserables,” “The Lion King,” “Mamma Mia” and “Jersey Boys.”

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