Signature Theatre Announces 2012 Stephen Sondheim Award RecipientBy Laura & Mike Clark • Oct 19th, 2011 • Category: News
Signature Theatre has announced the recipient of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Award:
The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will honor esteemed stage actress Patti LuPone (pictured, photo by Ethan Hill) with the company’s third Stephen Sondheim Award. The award, established in 2009 in honor of America’s most influential contemporary musical theater writer and composer, will be presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit on April 16, 2012 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC. Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer said, “I am thrilled that Patti LuPone will be this year’s recipient of the Stephen Sondheim Award. With her wonderful performances in Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Company, Passion, and more – she has had an amazing connection to Steve’s words and music. It’s wonderful to add her name to the distinguished honorees Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters. We look forward to saluting Patti and her extraordinary talents in April.”
LuPone, a two-time Tony Award-winner, has appeared in numerous Sondheim works, including Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and most recently in Gypsy in 2008, where she garnered a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama League Award for her portrayal of Rose. She returns to the Broadway stage this November in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.
Stephen Sondheim stated, “There are few performers who can play both Mrs. Lovett and Fosca, Evita and Reno Sweeney, Nancy in Oliver! and Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, and still create roles for David Mamet. In fact, there’s only one. Versatility of such a high caliber is rare indeed, and therefore it couldn’t be more appropriate that the recipient of this year’s Signature Theatre Sondheim Award is going to the best tuba player on Broadway: Patti LuPone.”
In 2009, Signature Theatre inaugurated The Stephen Sondheim Award in recognition of the importance of Sondheim’s work to Signature and to theater in general. In April 2010, the first Award was given to stage, screen and television actress Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters received the Award in April 2011. The Award is given annually to an individual for his or her career contributions to interpreting, supporting, and collaborating on Stephen Sondheim’s music works. Signature has produced 20 productions of the works of Stephen Sondheim, more than any other theater in the United States. In 2002, Signature’s Eric Schaeffer was the Artistic Director of The Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center. The Sondheim Award Gala helps to benefit Signature Theatre’s numerous artistic, education, and community programs.
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