Tony Award winning actor feted by Drama League
The Drama League presented their 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway by honoring Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Monday, November 7th, 2016. The black-tie gala closes out The Drama League’s centennial celebration that began last November honoring two time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters.
Mr. Pierce, a popular figure in the Broadway community, has been working continuously in the theater since Frasier, the television show that he is best known for, ended. He won the coveted Tony Award for Leading Actor in a Musical for the 2007 production of “Curtains.” And he won four primetime Emmy awards as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series for his portrayal of Dr. Niles Crane on the long running NBC sitcom “Frasier.”
A stellar lineup of celebrities from Hollywood and Broadway paid tribute to the actor admired for his talent and generosity of spirit. They included F. Murray Abraham, Kate Baldwin, Sierra Boggess, John Bolton, Tyne Daly, Lea DeLaria, Christopher Durang, Peri Gilpin, Harriet Harris, Adam Kantor, Michael McGrath, Debra Monk, Kristine Nielsen, Bebe Neuwirth, Billy Porter, Daryl Roth and Christopher Sieber.
The black-tie gala is a one-night-only musical tribute supporting The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.
By: Patrick Christiano
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