Director and playwright James Lapine was honored by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) with the 2015 Mr. Abbott Award, which is named for director George Abbott and is "presented in recognition of a lifetime of exceptional achievement in the theatre."
Bernadette Peters, Andrew Rannells, Stephen Sondheim and More Honor James Lapine with the 2015 Mr. Abbott Award
He is the recipient of three Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody and an OBIE.
In a statement SDCF board president Susan Schulman said, "There is a great energy gathering around honoring James Lapine with the Mr. Abbott Award and that is a testament to who he is both as an artist and as a human being. James continues to influence a vast cross-section of artists, whether he has worked with them directly or simply been, through his profound body of work, a model for theatre making."