Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!

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Yesterday, January 30, Signature Theatre celebrated the offical opening of their new space, the Frank Gehry-designed Signature Center, located at 480 West 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenues.

The space features three intimate theatres connected by a lobby with café, bar and bookstore, a Studio Theatre, a rehearsal studio and the Company’s administrative offices. The first performance at Signature Center takes place today with Athol Fugard’s BLOOD KNOT inaugurating The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

As part of the evening, Signature Theatre honored actor, trustee and long-time supporter Edward Norton with the Company’s Playwrights’ Award, created to recognize those individuals and organizations who, through their vision and leadership, have placed their own signatures upon American theatre. Norton, who made his professional debut at Signature Theatre in Edward Albee’s Fragments and later returned in the Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, was recognized for his unwavering championship of Signature and the building of Signature Center as Capital Campaign Chair. Previous recipients of the award include The Shubert Foundation, Time Warner Inc., Margot Adams, American Express and Hallie Foote.

In addition to Edward Norton, guests included Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Athol Fugard, Frank Gehry, John Guare, Hugh Hardy, Tony Kushner, Leslie Lee, Charles Mee, Tonya Pinkins and Kevin Spacey. John and Amy Griffin, who named The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in honor of theatre historian Alice Griffin, were also in attendance. 

BroadwayWorld was on hand for the celebration and brings you photo coverage below!

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Signature Center

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Signature Center

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Signature Center Gala

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
James Houghton

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Frank Gehry

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Michael Urie

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
ReGina Taylor

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Albee

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Leslie Lee

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Tonya Pinkins

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Marin Ireland

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
John Guare

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Dallas Roberts

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Will Eno

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Laila Robins

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Michael Chernus

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Katori Hall

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
David Henry Hwang

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Leigh Silverman

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Erika Mallin

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Colman Domingo

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Michael Urie & Guest

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Annie Baker & Michael Chernus

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Laila Robins & Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Marin Ireland & Scott Shepherd

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Scott Shepherd

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton & Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton & Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward NortonJames Houghton & Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
James Houghton & Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton & Edward Albee

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton, Edward Albee, Frank Gehry & James Houghton

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Albee & Frank Gehry

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton, Karen Ackman & Bill Ackman

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Amy Griffin, John Griffin, Alice Griffin & Edward Norton

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
ReGina Taylor

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Katori Hall

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Kevin Spacey

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!
Edward Norton

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Honors Edward Norton & Unveils New Signature Center!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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