Nathan Lane, who recently finished up his stint in megahit Broadway play “It’s Only a Play,” will receive the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 15th annual Monte Cristo Award in April.
The O’Neill honors Lane for his contributions and achievement in American theater. The actor is a consistent Broadway draw in shows including “The Producers,” “The Addams Family” and “Butley,” and also has cultivated a profile in film and TV with, most recently, recurring roles on “Modern Family” and “The Good Wife.” Next month he begins New York performances in “The Iceman Cometh,” one of O’Neill’s best-known drama.
Last year the O’Neill gave the Monte Cristo to Meryl Streep. This year Lane joins the roster of fellow recipients that also includes Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas and Christopher Plummer.
Located in Waterford, Conn., the O’Neill Theater Center oversees a portfolio of well-known development programs for new stage work, including the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference, providing early support for Broadway successes that have included “In the Heights,” “Avenue Q” and the work of August Wilson.
Lane will receive the Monte Cristo award at a gala dinner set for April 13 at the Edison Ballroom in midtown Manhattan.