LuPone will present Breglio with his award at the Fund's 125th anniversary celebration Oct. 15 at Carnegie Hall. The presentation will precede the much-anticipated solo concert debut by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, who is president of the Actors Fund.
In a statement Joe Benincasa, executive director of The Actors Fund, said, "So many of our most accomplished artists count on John as both lawyer and friend. His generosity and council has enabled us to expand our human services and help more entertainment professionals that are in need."
As perhaps the theatre's leading legal eagle, John Breglio's clients include everyone from Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to the estates of Michael Bennett and August Wilson. Over the last year, he has moved from a backstage role to one front and center, as the single producer of the first-ever Broadway revival of Bennett's signature show, A Chorus Line. Breglio was also chair of Theatre Development Fund.
Previous recipients of the Medal of Honor include producers Rocco Landesman and Roger Berlind.
The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.
Tickets for Brian Stokes Mitchell's Oct. 15 concert — directed by Richard Jay-Alexander — are available by calling the Carnegie Hall box office at (212) 247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.