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Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick and More to Appear at MTC's Fall Benefit Honoring Nathan Lane

Manhattan Theatre Club will present its 2016 Fall Benefit, honoring two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, next Monday evening, November 21 at 583 Park Avenue (63rd Street and Park Avenue).

The evening will feature just-announced appearances by Lane friends and colleagues Christine Baranski, Jenni Barber, Mike Birbiglia, Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy, Mark Linn-Baker, Andrea Martin, Terrence McNally, Jack O'Brien, Seth Rudetsky, Lewis J. Stadlen, John Slattery, Susan Stroman, and more. Programming is subject to change.

Jerry Zaks (Forum, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor) will direct the evening. The creative team will include Justin Townsend (lighting designer), Dan Gerhard (Sound Designer), and Jason Michael Webb (musical director).

Nathan Lane has starred in seven plays at Manhattan Theatre Club: A Backers' Audition; Claptrap; The Lisbon Traviata; Bad Habits; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Love!Valour! Compassion!; and Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "Schmucks" and served on MTC's Board of Directors from 1994-2007.

Lane currently stars in the Broadway revival of The Front Page alongside John Slattery and John Goodman. Previously, he appeared on Broadway in the smash hit revival of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play and in the critically acclaimed Robert Falls production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music as Hickey. Prior to that, he starred on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of The Nance, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and won the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Distinguished Performance Awards. He will next star in the National Theatre revival of Angels in America in London as Roy Cohn.

He made his Broadway debut opposite George C. Scott in Present Laughter (Drama Desk nomination), followed by Merlin; The Wind in the Willows; Some Americans Abroad; On Borrowed Time; Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Love! Valour! Compassion!(Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); The Man Who Came to Dinner; The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier Awards); The Frogs; The Odd Couple; Butley; November; Waiting for Godot (Outer Critics Circle nomination); and The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: 1992 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in 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.

On television, he was last seen as F. Lee Bailey in FX's Emmy winning "The People V. O.J. Simpson" and has had recurring roles on "The Good Wife" and "Modern Family" as well as many guest appearances (receiving six Primetime Emmy nominations, two Daytime Emmy Awards and a People's Choice Award).

Lane has appeared in 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 Acting Award); The Producers (Golden Globe nomination); Swing Vote; Mirror Mirror; The English Teacher; No Pay; Nudity; and Carrie Pilby. He will next be seen in Sidney Hall alongside Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning. 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.

Sue Bovenkerk Slager, Sharon Sullivan, Lisa Towbin, and Susan Winter are co-chairs of the 2016 Fall Benefit.

The event begins with cocktails followed by dinner and a tribute to Nathan Lane. All proceeds from this annual event will support MTC's mission as a leading non-profit theatre company producing contemporary plays on and off-Broadway, nurturing new talent through their Artistic Development Program, and developing the next generation of theatregoers and theatre makers through their esteemed Education Program.

Individual tickets for MTC's Fall Benefit are $3,000, $2,500, and $2,000. Tickets include cocktails, dinner, and the show. Tables of 10 are also available for $30,000, $25,000, and $20,000. Tickets can be purchased at or for more information, call (212) 399-3000 x4147. For more information, visit

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 20 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include The Father by Florian Zeller; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John PatRick Stanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit

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