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On April 29, 2024, Virginia’s Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre will honor icon of stage and screen Nathan Lane with the company’s thirteenth Stephen Sondheim Award. The Stephen Sondheim Award will be presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit at The Anthem and will benefit Signature Theatre’s artistic, education, and community programs. This year’s Gala Benefit will be chaired by H. Mac and Michele-Anne Riley. More information can be found online at SigTheatre.org/SondheimGala.

Paying tribute to Mr. Lane with live performances are Tony Award-winner Faith Prince, Broadway and television star Krysta Rodriguez, and Only Murders in the Building’s James Caverly. Signature favorites Adelina Mitchell, Tracy Lynn OliveraAwa Sal Secka and Bobby Smith will also perform, accompanied by Jon Kalbfleisch. Broadway icon and five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman will give remarks as part of the presentation of the Stephen Sondheim Award to Mr. Lane.

Signature’s Sondheim Award Gala honors individuals who have made important contributions to the American Musical Theater. This spring, Signature is thrilled to celebrate Tony® and Emmy Award®-winner and film favorite Nathan Lane. A frequent collaborator with Stephen Sondheim, Lane won his first Tony Award for his performance in the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. After winning a second Tony Award in 2001 for The Producers, Lane revised the book for and starred in the 2004 Broadway debut of Sondheim’s The Frogs. In addition to his award-winning performances onstage, Nathan Lane is best known for his onscreen work in The Birdcage, his Emmy Award-winning performance in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, and his voice work as Timon in Disney’s beloved film The Lion King.

In addition to honoring Nathan Lane, Signature will honor The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation with The J. Watkins Distinguished Service Award for the Foundation’s decades long commitment to civic leadership and community support, including for Signature and other arts organizations. The J. Watkins Distinguished Service Award was created to honor community leaders who have made an extraordinary impact in the greater DC community through their advocacy and passion for the arts and arts education. The award is made in memory of J. Watkins, a long-time Signature Board member, an important part of the Sondheim Award Gala leadership team, and a tremendous ambassador for Signature and the arts in our community.

This year, single tickets are available for the Sondheim Award presentation to Nathan Lane for $60 and can be purchased at SigTheatre.org. All tickets will be held at will call at The Anthem starting at 7PM. Doors to the Award presentation open at 7:30PM, with tribute performances beginning at 8PM.

Table sponsorship for the 2024 Sondheim Award Gala ranges from $12,000 to $100,000 and includes rewarding, year-long visibility and entertainment benefits. Individual sponsorship starts at $1,200. For more information about sponsorship and tickets contact McKinley Seale, Donor Services Manager at 571-527-1828 or [email protected].


2024 Sondheim Award Honoring Nathan Lane
The Anthem
901 Wharf Street SW, Washington DC 20024

Join Signature on Monday, April 29 at 7PM for a star-studded evening with live performances and video tributes to celebrate Tony® and Emmy Award® winner and film favorite Nathan Lane, the recipient of the 2024 Stephen Sondheim Award!

This year, we are bringing back performance-only tickets to Signature’s Sondheim Award presentation. This hour-long event will feature tribute performances by notable Broadway and Signature artists including Faith Prince (Broadway’s Guys and DollsBells Are Ringing), Krysta Rodriguez (Broadway’s Into the WoodsThe Addams Family), James Caverly (Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God), Awa Sal Secka (Signature’s Ragtime, Paper Mill Playhouse’s After Midnight), Bobby Smith (Signature’s Ragtime, Studio Theatre’s Fun Home), Adelina Mitchell (National Tour of Wicked, Signature’s Into the Woods), Tracy Lynn Olivera (Signature’s A Little Night Music, Round House Theatre’s Next to Normal) and more.

The event will take place at The Anthem on The Wharf in Washington, DC. Tickets to the Sondheim Award presentation portion of the evening are $60 and are now available at SigTheatre.org.

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