Nathan Lane and Eugene Lee to Be Honored in NYC

By Adam Hetrick
March 17, 2010

The National Corporate Theatre Fund will celebrate the work of Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Eugene Lee at the Chairmanís Awards Gala April 19 at the St. Regis New York hotel.

Lily Tomlin will host the 7:30 PM black-tie event that that has honorary co-chairs Elaine Stritch, Cisco Systems and Ernst & Young. The gala will also offer an excerpt from the world-premiere musical Johnny Baseball, penned by Tony nominee Robert Reale, Tony and Academy Award nominee Willie Reale and Richard Dresser. (Tony nominee Diane Paulus directs the work that will premiere at the American Repertory Theater this season.)

Lane, who is currently starring in the Broadway production of The Addams Family, will receive the Theatre Artist Award for his work on Broadway in the past three decades, including his Tony Award-winning performances in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Set designer Lee will be presented with the NCTF Achievement in Theatre Award by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis. Lee is a three-time Tony Award winner for his designs on Candide, Sweeney Todd and Wicked.

Also recognized will be Wells Fargo & Company, which will be the recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award. Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie will present the honor to Wells Fargo regional president Joe Kirk.

The non-profit theatres represented in NCTF are the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Center Theatre Group, The Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the NCTF/Wells Fargo Fund for New American Theatre. For tickets, beginning at $1000, phone (212) 750-6895.