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Nathan Lane
Lane after a performance of Angels in America in 2018
Joseph Lane

(1956-02-03) February 3, 1956 (age 63)
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1975–present
Devlin Elliott (m. 2015)

Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He has played the roles of Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His voice work includes The Lion King as Timon and Stuart Little as Snowbell, and he has played recurring roles on Modern Family, The Good Wife, and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as F. Lee Bailey.

He has received three Tony Awards: he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Angels in America, as well as six Drama Desk awards, six Outer Critics Circle awards, two Obies, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Olivier Award. He has also received two Golden Globe nominations, six Primetime Emmy nominations, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and a People's Choice Award. In 2006, Lane received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[1][2]

Early life

Nathan Lane was born Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey, on February 3, 1956.[3] His father, Daniel, was a truck driver and an aspiring tenor who died in 1967 from alcoholism when Lane was eleven. His mother, Nora, was a housewife and secretary who suffered from bipolar disorder and died in 2000.[4][5][6] He has two older brothers, Daniel Jr. and Robert.[7] Lane's parents were Catholics of Irish descent.[8] He was named after his uncle, a Jesuit priest.[9] Lane attended Catholic schools in Jersey City, including Jesuit-run St. Peter's Preparatory School, where he was voted Best Actor in 1974, and years later received the 2011 Prep Hall of Fame Professional Achievement Award.[10]



Accepted to Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia on a drama scholarship, he was accompanied on what was supposed to be his first day there by his older brother Dan. Discovering that the scholarship would not cover enough of his expenses, he decided to leave, and work for a year to earn some money. "I remember him saying to me, 'College is for people who don't know what they want to do,'" his brother said.[7] Because there already was a Joseph Lane registered with Actors' Equity, he changed his name to Nathan after the character Nathan Detroit from the musical Guys and Dolls.[11] He moved to New York City where, after a long struggle, his career began to take off, first with some brief success in the world of stand-up comedy with partner Patrick Stack,[12][13] and later with Off-Broadway productions at Second Stage Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre, and the Manhattan Theatre Club.[citation needed] He made his Broadway debut in a 1982 revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter as Roland Maule (Drama Desk nomination) with George C. Scott, Kate Burton, Dana Ivey, and Christine Lahti.[14]

His second Broadway appearance was in the 1983 musical Merlin, starring Chita Rivera and magician Doug Henning. This was followed by Wind in the Willows as Mr. Toad, Some Americans Abroad at Lincoln Center, and the national tour of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.[15]

Off-Broadway productions included Love (the musical version of Murray Schisgal's Luv),[16] Measure for Measure directed by Joseph Papp in Central Park, for which he received the St. Clair Bayfield Award,[17] The Common Pursuit, The Film Society, In a Pig's Valise, She Stoops to Conquer,[18] The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in The School for Scandal and John Guare's Moon Over Miami.[19]


In 1991, Lane appeared with George C. Scott again in a revival of Paul Osborne's On Borrowed Time at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway.[20] In 1992, he starred in the hit revival of Guys and Dolls, playing Nathan Detroit, the character who lent him his name, opposite Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince.[21] For this performance, he received his first Tony nomination,[22] as well as Drama Desk[23] and Outer Critics Circle Awards.[24] In 1992, he won an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.[25]

His professional association with his close friend the playwright Terrence McNally, whom he met in 1987,[26] includes roles in The Lisbon Traviata (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards, and Outer Critics Circle nomination),[27][28] Bad Habits, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards),[27][29][30] Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams, which opened in 2005 (Drama Desk nomination),[31][32] The Last Mile on PBS Great Performances, and the film version of Frankie and Johnny.

The early 1990s began a stretch of successful Broadway shows for Lane. In 1993, he portrayed Sid Caesar-like Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, inspired by Simon's early career writing sketches for Your Show of Shows.[33] In 1996, he starred in the hit revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.[15] In 1998, he appeared Off-Broadway in Jon Robin Baitz's revised 1984 comedy, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'Schmucks'.[34][35]

His association with Stephen Sondheim began with the workshop of Assassins.[citation needed] in 1989. In 1999, he appeared with Victor Garber in the workshop of Wise Guys (later retitled Road Show).[36] His collaboration with Sondheim continued when Lane revised the original book for and starred in the Broadway debut of the composer's The Frogs at Lincoln Center in 2004.[37] The Sondheim song, "Little Dream,"[38] in the film The Birdcage, a multi-character role (included Drag queen and Pantomime dame) for which Lane received his first Golden Globe nomination,[39] was supposedly written especially for him.[citation needed] This was followed by the dark comedy Mousehunt, one of the first films to come out of the newly formed DreamWorks Studios, in which he co-starred with British comedian Lee Evans and Christopher Walken. It was also the feature film debut of Gore Verbinski, who later went on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 1994, Lane voiced Timon, the meerkat, in Disney's blockbuster animated film The Lion King and reprised the role in its sequels.[40] In 1995, Lane voiced the meerkat in the early episodes of Timon & Pumbaa. In 1995, he played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz in Concert at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund.[41] The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT).[42] In 1999, he appeared in the Encores! concert revival of Do Re Mi at City Center.[43][44] That same year he also voiced the role of Snowbell in the family film Stuart Little, opposite his Life With Mikey co-star Michael J. Fox.


Lane starred in the Roundabout revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner as Sheridan Whiteside, with Jean Smart and Harriet Harris in 2000.[45]

In 2001, he starred as Max Bialystock in the blockbuster musical version of Mel Brooks's The Producers, a role that earned him his second Tony as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.[46] The following year he would go on to reprise his role as Snowbell in Stuart Little 2 and appear as Vincent Crummles in a film adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, for which the cast received the Ensemble Acting award from the National Board of Review. In 2004, he replaced Richard Dreyfuss in The Producers in the West End. Dreyfuss was let go just a week before the show's first preview at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.[47] Lane went on to win the Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical.[48] His performance in the film version, opposite Broadway co-star, Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom, earned him his second Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.[49] In 2003 he starred Off-Broadway in Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted.[50]

In 2005, Lane rejoined Broderick for a successful limited run of The Odd Couple.[51] In 2006, he took on a primarily dramatic role in a revival of Simon Gray's Butley, having played the role to great success at The Huntington Theater in Boston in 2003.[52][53] He and Broderick received adjacent stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a joint ceremony on January 9, 2006,[54] and were immortalized in wax as Max and Leo at Madame Tussauds Museum in New York City on January 16, 2009.[55] In 2008, he played the President of the United States in the David Mamet political satire, November, directed by Joe Mantello.[56] This was followed by the critically acclaimed 2009 revival of Waiting for Godot (Outer Critics Circle nomination)[57] in which he played Estragon opposite Bill Irwin's Vladimir.[58] He was a 2008 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.[59]


In 2010, Lane starred in the musical version of The Addams Family as Gomez (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations).[60] That year he also received a Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater. Committed to starring in a revival of the Eugene O'Neill play The Iceman Cometh at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2012, Lane assumed the role of Hickey, with Brian Dennehy playing the role of Larry Slade in a production directed by the Goodman's Artistic Director, Robert Falls.[12] Receiving rave reviews,[61][62] it won six Jeff Awards, including Best Ensemble, Director, and Production,[63] and is the most successful show to date in the theater's history.[64] In the spring of 2013, Lane returned to Broadway in The Nance, a Lincoln Center production of new play by Douglas Carter Beane that was directed by Jack O'Brien. For this performance, he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.[65][66] The play aired on PBS Live From Lincoln Center in 2014.[67]

In autumn 2014, he appeared in an all-star ensemble of Terrence McNally's revised and updated It's Only a Play, with F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, and Micah Stock.[68] The show became one of the biggest hits of the season.[69] In February 2015 he reprised the role of Hickey in the Robert Falls production of The Iceman Cometh to great acclaim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[70][71] He later returned to the Broadway run of It's Only a Play.[72] In 2015, he received the Eugene O' Neill Theater Center Monte Cristo Award for his body of work. In March 2016, he opened the play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Off-Broadway. In fall of 2016, he returned to Broadway to rave reviews in an all-star revival of Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page, directed by Jack O'Brien and produced by Scott Rudin. He played the ruthless editor Walter Burns opposite John Slattery as Hildy Johnson and John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman,[73] for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations. Following that he played Roy Cohn with Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter in the revival of Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliott at the Lyttlelton Theatre of the National Theatre of Great Britain. Lane reprised his acclaimed portrayal on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, and won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

In March 2019, Lane starred in Taylor Mac's absurdist black comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus at the Booth Theatre directed by George C. Wolfe.[74]

Television work

He is known for his voice work in two Disney animated series, Teacher's Pet and Timon & Pumbaa, as well as George and Martha on HBO. He received Daytime Emmy Awards for Teacher's Pet and Timon and Pumbaa.

He has received six Emmy Award nominations for his guest appearances on Frasier, Mad About You, Modern Family and The Good Wife. He has also made appearances on Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Absolutely Fabulous, 30 Rock, Difficult People and The Blacklist.[75]

He played F. Lee Bailey in the first season of American Crime Story, titled The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which premiered on the FX channel in February 2016. It received 22 Emmy nominations and went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Limited Series[76]

He has hosted Saturday Night Live,[77] The Tony Awards (once as host for the 50th anniversary telecast, and three as co-host, with Glenn Close and Gregory Hines; Rosie O'Donnell; and Matthew Broderick respectively)[78][79][80][81]

Personal life

When Lane told his mother at age 21 that he was gay, she told him "I would rather you were dead," to which he replied, "I knew you'd understand". He then joked that "Once I got her head out of the oven, everything went fine".[4][82]

Lane publicly came out after the death of Matthew Shepard,[4] and has been a long-time board member of and fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.[83] He has been honored with the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award,[84] Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vito Russo Award,[85] The Trevor Project Hero Award,[86] and the Matthew Shepard Foundation Making A Difference Award for his work in the LGBT community.

On November 17, 2015, Lane married his long-time partner, theater producer and writer Devlin Elliott.[87][88]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Ironweed Harold Allen
1990 The Lemon Sisters Charlie Sorrell
Joe Versus the Volcano Baw, Waponi Advance Man
1991 He Said, She Said Wally Thurman
Frankie and Johnny Tim
1993 Life with Mikey Ed Chapman
Addams Family Values Desk Sergeant
1994 The Lion King Timon Voice
1995 Jeffrey Father Dan
1996 The Birdcage Albert Goldman
Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa Timon Voice
1997 MouseHunt Ernest "Ernie" Smuntz
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Timon Voice
The Emperor's New Clothes: An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale The Imperial Dresser Voice
1999 Stuart Little Snowbell Voice
At First Sight Phil
Get Bruce! Himself Documentary
2000 Isn't She Great Irving Mansfield
Love's Labours Lost Costard
Titan A.E. Preed Voice
Trixie Kirk Stans
2002 Stuart Little 2 Snowbell Voice
Austin Powers in Goldmember Mysterious Disco Man
Nicholas Nickleby Vincent Crummles
2004 Teacher's Pet Spot AKA Scott Leadready Voice
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Richard Levy the Driven
The Lion King 1½ Timon Voice
2005 The Producers Max Bialystock
2007 Trumbo Himself Documentary
2008 Swing Vote Art Crumb
2009 Astro Boy Hammegg Voice
2010 I'm Still Here Nathan Lane Uncredited
The Nutcracker Uncle Albert
2012 Mirror Mirror Brighton
2013 The English Teacher Mr. Kapinas
2016 Carrie Pilby Dr. Petrov
No Pay, Nudity Herschel Thalkin
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Harold
National Theatre Live: Angels in America Roy Cohn


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls Stage Manager Television movie
1982 One of the Boys Johnathan Burns 13 episodes
1983 Great Performances Mouse Episode: "Alice in Wonderland"
1985 Miami Vice Morty Price Episode: "Buddies"
1989–1991 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Bing Shalimar 3 episodes
1995 Frasier Phil Episode: "Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice..."
1995 Timon & Pumbaa Timon Voice
10 episodes
1996 The Boys Next Door Norman Bulansky Television movie
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Clarence Television movie
1998 Mad About You Nathan Twilley Episode: "Good Old Reliable Nathan"
1998–1999 Encore! Encore! Joseph Pinoni 13 episodes
1999–2000 George and Martha George Voice
26 episodes
2000 The Man Who Came to Dinner Sheridan Whiteside PBS live television broadcast
2000–2002 Teacher's Pet Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II Voice
34 episodes
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Max Prince Television movie
2002 Sex and the City Bobby Fine Episode: "I Love a Charade"
2003 Charlie Lawrence Charlie Lawrence 7 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Nathan Lane Episode: "Opening Night"
2004 Absolutely Fabulous Kunz Episode: "White Box"
2007 30 Rock Eddie Donaghy Episode: "The Fighting Irish"
2010–2019 Modern Family Pepper Saltzman 10 episodes
2012–2014 The Good Wife Clarke Hayden 15 episodes
2014 The Money Gordon McCarren HBO pilot
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story F. Lee Bailey 8 episodes
2016 Difficult People Himself Episode: "Kessler Epstein Foundation"
2016 Maya & Marty Connor Grayfield Episode: "Steve Martin & Tina Fey"
2018 The Blacklist Abraham Stern Episode: "Abraham Stern (No. 100)"
2019 Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Lewis Michener Main cast


Year Production Role Category Awards
1978 A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute Off-Broadway
1982 Present Laughter Roland Maule Broadway
1983 Merlin Prince Fergus Broadway
1984 Love Harry Berlin Off-Broadway
She Stoops to Conquer Tony Lumpkin Off-Broadway
1985 Measure for Measure Pompey Off-Broadway
Wind in the Willows Toad Broadway
1986 The Common Pursuit Nick Finchling Broadway
1987 Claptrap Harvey Wheatcraft Off-Broadway
Broadway Bound Stanley National tour
1988 The Film Society Jonathan Balton Off-Broadway
1989 In a Pig's Valise James Taxi Off-Broadway
The Lisbon Traviata Mendy Off-Broadway
Assassins Sam Byck New York Reading
1990 Bad Habits Jason Pepper, M.D./Hugh Gumbs Off–Broadway
Some Americans Abroad Henry McNeil Broadway
1991 Lips Together, Teeth Apart Sam Truman Off-Broadway
On Borrowed Time Mr. Brink Broadway
1992 Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit Broadway Tony Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Musical
1993 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Max Prince Broadway
1994 Love! Valour! Compassion! Buzz Hauser Off-Broadway
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus Broadway Tony Award Winner - Best Actor in a Musical
1998 Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "Schmucks" Davis Mizlansky Off-Broadway
1999 Do Re Mi Hubert Cram Off-Broadway
Wise Guys Addison Mizner New York Workshop
2000 The Frogs Dionysus Library of Congress
The Man Who Came to Dinner Sheridan Whiteside Broadway
2001 The Producers Max Bialystock Broadway Tony Award Winner - Best Actor in a Musical
2003 The Play What I Wrote Mystery Guest Star Broadway
Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted Dalton Trumbo Off-Broadway
Butley Ben Butley Boston / Regional
2004 The Frogs Dionysus Broadway
The Producers Max Bialystock West End
2005 Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams Lou Nuncle Off-Broadway
Catch Me If You Can Hanratty New York reading
The Odd Couple Oscar Madison Broadway
2006 Catch Me If You Can Hanratty New York Workshop
Butley Ben Butley Broadway
2007 Catch Me If You Can Hanratty New York reading
2008 November Charles Smith Broadway
2009 Waiting for Godot Estragon Broadway
2010 The Addams Family Gomez Addams Broadway
2012 The Iceman Cometh Theodore "Hickey" Hickman[89] Chicago / Regional
2013 The Nance Chauncey Miles Broadway Tony Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Play
2014 It's Only a Play Jimmy Wicker Broadway
2015 The Iceman Cometh Theodore "Hickey" Hickman Brooklyn Academy of Music
2016 White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Himself Off-Broadway
The Front Page Walter Burns Broadway Tony Award Nominee - Best Featured Actor in a Play
2017 Angels in America Roy Cohn West End
2018 Broadway Tony Award Winner - Best Featured Actor in a Play
2019 Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Gary Broadway

Video games

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Animated Storybook: The Lion King Timon Voice


  • Presented Mike Birbiglia's (2008) Off-Broadway show Sleepwalk With Me.
  • Lane provided the voice of Tom Morrow, the Audio-Animatronic host of Disneyland's Innoventions attraction.
  • Children's book Naughty Mabel, written with husband Devlin Elliott, published by Simon and Schuster, released in October 2015. A second book, Naughty Mabel Sees It All was released in October 2016.
  • Wrote the introduction to Neil Simon's Memoirs, published by Simon and Schuster.

Awards and nominations

Film accolades

Golden Globe Award

Year Title Accolades Results
1997 The Birdcage Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
2006 The Producers Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Award

Year Title Accolade Results
1997 The Birdcage Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture Won
1997 The Birdcage Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated

Miscellaneous Awards

Year Title Accolade Results
1996 Jeffrey American Comedy Award, Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
1997 The Birdcage American Comedy Award, Funniest Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Won
1997 The Birdcage Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1997 The Birdcage MTV Movie + TV Award, Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Robin Williams) Nominated
1997 The Birdcage Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1997 The Birdcage Satellite Award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2002 Nicholas Nickelby National Board of Review Award, Best Acting by an Ensemble Won
2005 The Lion King 1½ DVD Exclusive Award, Best Original Song (in a DVD Premiere Movie) for "Hakuna Matata" Nominated
DVD Exclusive Award, Best Original Song (in a DVD Premiere Movie) for "That's All I Need" Nominated
DVD Exclusive Award, Best Animated Character Performance (Voice and Animation in a DVD Premiere Movie) Won
2006 The Producers AARP Movies for Grownups Award, Best Lead Actor Nominated

Television Awards

Primetime Emmy Award

Year Title Accolade Results
1995 Frasier Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1998 Mad About You Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Modern Family Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 The Good Wife Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Modern Family Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Modern Family Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

Daytime Emmy Awards

Year Title Accolade Results
1996 Timon & Pumbaa Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Won
2000 George and Martha Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Nominated
2001 Teacher's Pet Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Won

Theater accolades

Tony Awards

Year Title Accolade Results
1992 Guys and Dolls Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Best Actor in a Musical Won
2001 The Producers Best Actor in a Musical Won
2013 The Nance Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2017 The Front Page Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2018 Angels in America Best Featured Actor in a Play Won

Drama Desk Awards

Year Title Accolade Results
1983 Present Laughter Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
1990 The Lisbon Traviata Actor in a Play Won
1992 Guys and Dolls Actor in a Musical Won
1995 Love! Valour! Compassion! Featured Actor in a Play Won
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Actor in a Musical Won
2001 The Producers Actor in a Musical Won
2006 Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams Actor in a Play Nominated
2010 The Addams Family Actor in a Musical Nominated
2013 The Nance Actor in a Play Nominated
2017 The Front Page Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2018 Angels in America Featured Actor in a Play Won

Olivier Award

Year Title Accolade Results
2005 The Producers Best Actor in a Musical Won

Miscellaneous accolades

Year Accolades Results
1987 St. Clair Bayfield Award Actors' Equity Association Won
1997 GQ Man of the Year Award for Theater Won
2001 GQ Man of the Year Award for Theater Won
2002 GLAAD Media Award, Vito Russo Award Won
2003 Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Won
2006 Star on the Walk of Fame - Motion Picture 6801 Hollywood, Blvd. Won
2006 American Theater Wing Honor American Theater Wing Won
2006 Project Angel Food Angel Award Won
2007 Trevor Project Hero Award Won
2007 Human Rights Campaign Equality Award Won
2008 American Theater Hall of Fame Inductee American Theater Hall of Fame Won
2009 Sustained Excellence in Theater from The Barrow Group Won
2010 National Corporate Theater Fund Theater Artist Award Won
2010 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater The Drama League Won
2012 COAF Humanitarian Award Children of Armenia Fund Won
2012 Tribute Award from the League of Chicago Theaters Won
2012 The Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for The Nance Won
2013 Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for the Performing Arts Guild Hall of East Hampton Won
2013 The Joan and Joseph P. Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity Lincoln Center Won
2014 Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award Banff World Media Festival Won
2015 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Monte Cristo Award Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Won
2015 Matthew Shepard "Making A Difference" Award Won
2019 New Dramatists Distinguished Achievement Award Won


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