Six-time Tony winner Stewart Lane and three-time Tony winner Bonnie Comley collectively produced more than 40 Broadway productions. Currently, On Your Feet!, China Doll, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. They won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Musical for Irving Berlin’s Top Hat. They founded BroadwayHD.com, a theatre-streaming website expanding the reach of live theatre. Mr. Lane is the owner and operator of the Palace Theatre in NY and the author of Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way, Jews on Broadway, and Let’s Put on a Show! www.mrbroadway.com, www.bonniecomley.com
Today the two Broadway staples were honored with their own Sardi’s portrait. Attendees include Joe Benincasa (President & CEO, The Actors Fund of America), Guests include Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime), Charlotte St. Martin (President, Broadway League); producer Jeffrey Richards (American Psycho, Fiddler on the Roof), KT Sullivan (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Threepenny Opera), and Tom Viola (Executive Director, BC/EFA).
The Actors Fund, hosted the event with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime) to do the honors. The Actors Fund a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, serves all professionals – and not just actors! – in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential needs. A national organization with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund directly serves more than 21,000 performing arts and entertainment professionals across the country every year, and hundreds of thousand through our online resources. In providing care and service to professionals throughout the industry, The Fund’s programs are wide in scope, responsive in nature, and produce significant results, affecting the lives of people in our community year after year. Employment in any division of the performing arts and entertainment industry is unpredictable. The life of an entertainment professional is very similar to any worker or independent contractor that moves from job to job to make their living. Work is erratic, security is fleeting and health insurance is often just a dream. For all of these reasons and many more, The Actors Fund is an indispensable and deeply significant part of the entire entertainment community. www.ActorsFund.org