Benefit Gala



A Musical Celebration of Broadway




6:30 PM


768 Fifth Avenue • New York City 

This fall, The Drama League of New York will hold its 35th Annual Benefit Gala in New York City, honoring Nathan Lane – film, television, and theatre icon, and three-time Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, OBIE, Emmy and Drama League Distinguished Performance Award winner.

Industry professionals, Drama League members, and theater supporters will gather at the Benefit Gala for a black-tie celebration of the honoree and of theater and arts advocacy.  The festivities will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, an elegant three-course dinner, and a one-night-only musical tribute in Mr. Lane’s honor, with performances by stars of both stage and screen.  Past performers at The Drama League’s Benefit Gala have included Liza Minnelli, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick, Jr., Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Tony Bennett, Nick Jonas, and casts of Broadway’s hottest musicals.  The Cast and Creative Team for the 2018 Benefit Gala will be announced at a later date. 

The Drama League Benefit Gala raises funds to support the organization’s programming and educational initiatives, including The Drama League Directors Project. This award-winning initiative, which began in 1984 and whose alumni now number over 300, has been instrumental in launching the careers of many acclaimed theater directors including Tony Award winners Rebecca Taichman (Indecent), Christopher Ashley (Come From Away),  Sam Gold (Fun Home),  Diane  Paulus  (Waitress),  Pam  MacKinnon  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?),  Michael  Mayer  (Hedwig and the Angry InchBurn This),  and  John  Rando  (Gettin’ The Band Back Together)Tony Award nominees Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg), Rachel  Chavkin  (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Moritz  von Steulpnagel (Present Laughter) and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson); as well as OBIE and Emmy Award winners  Lear  deBessonet,  R.J.  Cutler, Anne Kaufmann (Marvin’s Room), and Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), to name a few. ‘Drama League Directors’ have been honored with Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Obie, Peabody, Drama Desk, GLAAD, Drama League, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Evening Standard, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, Princess Grace, Garland, Drama-Logue, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, and have directed films and plays that received Academy Award nominations and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Drama League has been at the forefront of the American theater community since 1916, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support.  It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs.

MAC Cosmetics is the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League. The 2018 Drama League Gala Chairs are Kathy Henderson, Janet Kagan, and Joseph Pizza. 


Nathan Lane most recently appeared as Roy Cohn in The National Theater Production of ANGELS IN AMERICA in London and can now be seen in the Broadway revival, for which he has received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He previously appeared on Broadway in the hit revival of THE FRONT PAGE, which earned him Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Broadway: IT’S ONLY A PLAY; THE NANCE (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama-League Distinguished Performance Award); THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominations), WAITING FOR GODOT (Outer Critics Circle nomination); NOVEMBER; BUTLEY; THE ODD COUPLE; THE FROGS; THE PRODUCERS (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier Awards); THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER; A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards); LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR; GUYS AND DOLLS (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); ON BORROWED TIME; SOME AMERICANS ABROAD; WIND IN THE WILLOWS; MERLIN; PRESENT LAUGHTER (Drama Desk nomination); Hickey in THE ICEMAN COMETH at BAM (Monte Cristo Award from The Eugene O’neill Theater Center). Off-Broadway: (1992 Obie Award For Sustained Excellence Of Performance) THE COMMON PURSUIT; THE FILM SOCIETY; THE LISBON TRAVIATA (Drama Desk And Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle nomination); LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART; LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! (Obie Award); BAD HABITS; Dedication Or The Stuff Of Dreams (Drama Desk nomination); MIZLANSKY/ZILINSKY OR SCHMUCKS; TRUMBO; MEASURE FOR MEASURE (St. Clair Bayfield Award); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR; SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER; IN A PIG’S VALISE; LOVE; WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT: AND DO RE MI AT ENCORES.  Recent tv includes AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON as F. Lee Bailey, and recurring roles on MODERN FAMILY and THE GOOD WIFE. He has received six Primetime Emmy nominations, two Daytime Emmy Awards and the People’s Choice Award. He has appeared in more than 35 films including THE BIRDCAGE (Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Awards); IRONWEED; FRANKIE AND JOHNNY; MOUSEHUNT; JEFFREY; THE LION KING; STUART LITTLE; NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (National Board Of Review Ensemble Award); THE PRODUCERS (Golden Globe nomination); SWING VOTE; MIRROR, MIRROR; CARRIE PILBY; NO PAY, NUDITY; and THE VANISHING OF SIDNEY HALL. In 2006 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theater Hall Of Fame.