Roundabout Will Honor Fran Langella at 2017 Spring Gala




Will Honor

Four-Time Tony Winning Stage & Film Actor


Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria

Monday, February 27, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) announces the 2017 Spring Gala will honor legendary four-time Tony winning stage and film actor Frank Langella with The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre on Monday, February 27, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria (301 Park Avenue, NYC).

Internationally renowned stage and screen actor Frank Langella will be honored for his unparalleled career spanning more than a half century. This year, Mr. Langella received his fourth Tony Award, his sixth Drama Desk Award, and his fourth Outer Critics Circle Award for his acclaimed performance in The Father on Broadway. He is, in fact, the only actor who has pulled off that same hat trick twice before with Fortune’s Fool in 2002 and Frost/Nixon in 2007. He also received an Academy Award nomination for revisiting the role of “Richard Nixon” in Ron Howard’s film. On screen he was most recently celebrated for his work in the film Youth in Oregon (Tribeca Film Festival), and the television series “All the Way” (HBO) and “The Americans” (FX). His New York Times bestselling memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them, chronicling his myriad encounters with some of the past century’s most famous celebrities and cultural elite, was published by HarperCollins in 2012. A longtime friend of Roundabout and star of many productions, Mr. Langella has appeared in the acclaimed stagings of Man and Boy, A Man for All Seasons, Strindberg’s The Father, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Tempest.

The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre is named after the late Jason Robards for his longstanding relationship with Roundabout and memorable body of stage work. It is given to those who have made an indelible impact on both Roundabout and the theatre world.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2017 Spring Gala will begin at 7:00PM with the Robards Award presentation along with dinner and a live auction, followed by an all-star musical performance.

Support Levels


$10,000 Leadership Ticket

(includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, seat at the dinner and tribute)

$5,000 Producer’s Circle Single Ticket

(includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, seating at the dinner and tribute)

$3,500 Underwriter Single Ticket

(includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, seating at the dinner and tribute)

$2,500 Patron Single Ticket

(includes dinner and tribute).


$100,000 Gala Leadership Table

(includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, premiere table of 10 for dinner and tribute, and opportunity to have an artist join you at your table)

$50,000 Producer’s Circle Table

(includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, VIP table of ten for dinner and tribute, and opportunity to have an artist join you at your table)

$35,000 Underwriter Table

(includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, preferred table of ten for dinner and tribute, and opportunity to have an artist join you at your table)

$25,000 Benefactor Table

(includes, private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, priority table of ten for dinner and tribute)

To purchase tickets or a table to Roundabout’s 2017 Spring Gala, contact:

Lane Hosmer, 212-719-9393 x312

For more information:

The creative team will be announced shortly.

All proceeds from the 2017 Spring Gala benefit Roundabout Theatre Company’s New Play Initiative and Education programs. There will also be an online auction on in the two weeks leading up to the 2017 Spring Gala.

FRANK LANGELLA has long been considered among America's greatest stage and film actors. He was nominated for the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the disgraced former President of the United States in Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon. Other acclaimed performances include those in Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight for HBO Films, Jake Schreier's Robot and Frank, Andrew Wagner's Starting Out in the Evening (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination), Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as "Perry White" in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate, Ivan Reitman's Dave and Draft Day, Adrian Lyne's Lolita, as "William Paley" in George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck, and John Badham's Dracula.

Frank was most recently seen in Jay Roach's All the Way, playing "Senator Richard Russell" opposite Bryan Cranston for HBO Films, and can be seen playing the role of "Gabriel" on the acclaimed F/X series The Americans. He will next appear in the film Captain Fantastic opposite Viggo Mortensen.

Frank is the recipient of four Tony Awards and seven Tony nominations. He won most recently for The Father, for which he also received a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critic's Circle Award. Before that, his performance as King Lear in 2013 was unanimously praised both in London at the Chichester Shakespeare Festival and in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2003.

Roundabout's New Play Initiative cultivates new work by gifted playwrights at all stages of their careers through a three-pronged approach consisting of commissioning new works; developmental readings and workshops; and productions of new works through our Roundabout Underground program and our mainstage productions. Since 1995, Roundabout has commissioned 36 playwrights, conducted developmental readings and workshops of more than 173 new works, produced 10 Roundabout Underground productions, 60 productions of new works, and employed over 5,000 artists across all aspects of the New Play Initiative.

Education at Roundabout serves over 17,000 students and teachers in schools throughout all five boroughs. The program connects with students and teachers through customized school partnerships, residency programs, mentorships and workshops in the practice of professional theatrical skills, professional development workshops, internships, apprenticeships, backstage tours, talkbacks and pre-show workshops. For each Roundabout production, Education also creates Upstage guides, which include interviews, contextual information, teacher resources and activities, and presents a post-show Lecture Series hosted by Education dramaturg Ted Sod and featuring a distinguished artist, scholar, historian or critic.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary Season celebrates the company’s numerous accomplishments and vision for the future with bold new productions of classic plays, a revival of the Roundabout’s first musical, and new work by some of the country’s most exciting young talent. Founded in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company has grown from a small 150-seat theatre in a converted Chelsea supermarket basement to become one of the nation’s most influential not-for-profit theatre companies, as well as one of New York City’s leading cultural institutions. Roundabout has been recognized with 36 Tonys, 50 Drama Desks, 59 Outer Critics Circle, 12 Obie and 18 Lucille Lortel Awards for its work on five stages, reaching more than 700,000 theatergoers and employing hundreds of artists each year. Bank of America is a proud 50th Anniversary Season sponsor – a partnership that makes possible Roundabout’s many productions and not-for-profit initiatives during this landmark year.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout’s current 50th anniversary season in 2016 includes Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, directed by Gordon Greenberg with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; Diane Lane, Chuck Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, with a new version by Stephen Karam, directed by Simon Godwin; Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, directed by Michael Mayer; and the national tour of Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall’s Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret.

The 2016-2017 Roundabout Underground season includes Kingdom Come, a new play by Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed by Kip Fagan.

Roundabout’s season in 2017 will include John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito in Arthur Miller’s The Price, directed by Terry Kinney; If I Forget by Steven Levenson, directed by Daniel Sullivan and Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Gordon Edelstein.

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