The one-night-only event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening is scheduled to begin with cocktails at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:30 PM, followed by an entertainment tribute to the two honorees. Honorary Chairmen for the evening are Mel Brooks and Neil Simon; co-chairs are CeCe Black and Chappy Morris. The annual Gala, according to press notes, “recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to theatre.” Lane and Broderick are being honored for their creative achievements.
The evening will raise funds to sustain the American Theatre Wing's programs that support excellence and education in theatre.
In addition to his Tony-winning roles in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nathan Lane has starred on The Great White Way in Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner. The actor has also been featured in such films as "Addams Family Values," "Mousehunt," "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Birdcage," scoring a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the latter. He was also seen in the film adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby."
Matthew Broderick received Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was also Tony-nominated for his work in The Producers, and his other theatre credits include Biloxi Blues, Night Must Fall, Taller Than a Dwarf, On Valentine's Day, Torch Song Trilogy and The Widow Claire.
Cipriani 42nd Street is located in Manhattan at 110 East 42nd Street. For gala ticket information call (212) 765-0606, ext. 314.