Matthew Broderick Will Host Drama League Gala Honoring Nathan Lane

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The November 5 gala will feature Christine Baranski, Cady Huffman, Mark Linn-Baker, Alex Newell, and more.
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in <i>It's Only a Play</i>
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in It's Only a Play Joan Marcus

Three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane will be honored by friends and theatrical colleagues at The Drama League’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala, A Musical Celebration of Broadway, hosted by his Producers co-star, Matthew Broderick, November 5 at 6:30 PM at The Plaza Hotel.

Fran Weissler
Fran Weissler

Joining the lineup are Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Cady Huffman, Mark Linn-Baker, Alex Newell, and Ernie Sabella.


Lane most recently won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in the Broadway transfer of Angels in America. He previously won for performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers. In 2013, the Drama League honored him with the coveted Distinguished Performance Award for his work in The Nance. Lane will return to Broadway this season in the world premiere of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac.

Veteran Chicago producer Fran Weissler will also be honored with the Drama League’s Visionary Leadership in American Theater Award as part of the gala evening that begins at 6:30 PM.

Drama League Directors Project alum West Hyler is the director and co-writer of the gala program, with Laura Brandel as assistant director.

The 35th Annual Benefit Gala is produced by Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger with Gala Associate Producer Sean Gorski. The creative team includes David Evans (music direction), Alessandra Marconi (choreography), Timothy Huang (additional lyrics), Melissa Spengler-Winner (production stage management), Nick Kolin (lighting design), Michael Tracey (sound design), and Whitney Locher (costume design).

For information about tickets, including VIP and Ballroom tables as well as individual seats, call (212) 244-9494, ext. 101 or visit

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