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Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala

On April 4, 2016, Virginia's Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre honored the Broadway librettist John Weidman(Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Road Show) with the company's seventh Stephen Sondheim Award. The award, established in 2009 in honor of America's most influential musical theater writer and composer, was presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit at the Embassy of Italy. The Sondheim Award Gala benefited Signature Theatre's artistic, education, and community programs. Check out photos below!

Tony® Award-winners Michael Cerveris (Fun Home, Assassins, Road Show), Richard Maltby Jr. (Miss Saigon, Ain't Misbehaven', Big),Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Color Purple) and Karen Ziemba (Contact, Steel Pier) joined Helen Hayes Award-winner Donna Migliaccio (Signature's Sunday in the Park with George) along with Austin Colby, Christopher Mueller, Bobby Smith, Stephen Gregory Smith, and Paul Scanlan to honor the renowned Stephen Sondheim collaborator.

John Weidman's collaboration with Stephen Sondheim began in 1976 with Pacific Overtures and continued with Assassins in 1990 andRoad Show in 2008. Mr. Weidman also collaborated with Susan Stroman on the Tony Award-winning musical Contact. From 1999 to 2009 he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America and has won over a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children's Program for his work on Sesame Street since 1986.

William Yanesh, a Washington DC based composer (Adventure Theatre MTC's Caps for Sale), orchestrator (Shakespeare Theatre's Man of La Mancha) and musical director (Signature's The Last Five Years) was honored with the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation.This special honor was made part of the Stephen Sondheim Award Gala in 2009 at the request of Sondheim, to encourage exceptional young talent in the field of musical theater.

Photos by Margot Schulman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
The Stephen Sondheim Award

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
John Weidman, Marsha Norman, and Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
John Weidman and Michael Cerveris

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Claybourne Elder, Karen Ziemba and Michael Cerveris

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Signature Theatre Co-Founders Eric Schaeffer and Donna Migliaccio

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
John Weidman and Young Artist Citation Recipient William Yanesh

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Marsha Norman, Claybourne Elder, Michael Cerveris, John Weidman and Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Donna Migliaccio, Claybourne Elder, Michael Cerveris, John Weidman, Marsha Norman, William Yanesh and Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Kenneth Feld, Signature Theatre Board Chair Bonnie Feld, Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Eric Schaeffer, John Weidman and Maggie Boland

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Iris Dart and John Weidman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Director of New Works Joe Calarco, Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
NBC4 Producer Matt Glassman, Wendy Rieger, Kevin Williams, and Jim Handly

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Eric Schaeffer, Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, and John Weidman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Signature Education Director David Zobell and Education Associate Matt Strote with Students

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
â€" Christopher Mueller, Maria Rizzo, and Bobby Smith

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
The Stephen Sondheim Award Gala

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Gala Chair Helen Henderson, Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Iris Dart

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Austin Colby

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
â€" Paul Scanlan, Christopher Mueller and Austin Colby

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Claybourne Elder

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Karen Ziemba

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Stephen Gregory Smith and Michael Cerveris

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
John Weidman and Marsha Norman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Michael Cerveris

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
John Weidman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
John Weidman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Eric Schaeffer and John Weidman

Photo Flash: Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba & More Honor Librettist John Weidman at Signature's Sondheim Gala
Eric Schaeffer

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