On Tuesday, February 3rd, beloved star of stage and screen Nathan Lane, celebrated his birthday at The Café Carlyle in Manhattan by taking in a performance of Christine Ebersole's acclaimed cabaret concert.
Ms. Ebersole sang "Happy Birthday" to Mr. Lane in the style of Marilyn Monroe. Also in attendance at the event were Rupert Everett, Michael Blakemore, Rob Ashford, Chris Noth, Anne Kaufman Schneider (playwright George S. Kaufman's daughter), Scott Wittman and Andrea Martin.
Nathan Lane made his Broadway debut with George C. Scott in the 1982 revival of Present Laughter as Roland Maule, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. This was followed by Merlin with Chita Rivera, Toad in The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad at Lincoln Center, On Borrowed Time with George C. Scott and Teresa Wright, Nathan Detroit in Jerry Zaks' 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Buzz in Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actor), Pseudolus in Jerry Zaks' 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), SheriDan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Roundabout, Max Bialystock in The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and in London the Olivier Award), Dionysos in The Frogs for which Mr. Lane co-authored the book, with a score by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Susan Stroman, Oscar Madison in the 2005 revival of The Odd Couple, Butley for director Nicholas Martin in 2006 at the Booth Theater, and as President Charles H.E. Smith in David Mamet's November in 2008. Off-Broadway he was most recently seen in Terrence McNally's Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams. In 1992 he won the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. Credits include Trumbo; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Measure for Measure (St. Clair Bayfield Award) directed by Joe Papp; Luv the musical; She Stoops to Conquer; Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit; The Film Society and Mizlansky/Zilinsky by Jon Robin Baitz; In a Pig's Valise; The Lisbon Traviata (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards); Bad Habits; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie Award) all by Terrence McNally; Do Re Mi at Encores and an acclaimed performance in Simon Gray's Butley at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. In television he has received five Emmy nominations and won two Emmy Awards as well as a People's Chioce Award. Mr. Lane has appeared in over 30 films including The Birdcage (Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actor's Guild and American Comedy awards), Ironweed, Frankie and Johnny, Mousehunt, Jeffrey, The Lion King, Stuart Little, Nicholas Nickleby (National Board of Review Award) and The Producers with Mr. Broderick, Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell.
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will present (in order of speaking) Nathan Lane (Estragon), Bill Irwin (Vladimir), John Goodman (Pozzo), David Strathairn (Lucky) in a new Broadway production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and directed by Tony® award winner Anthony Page.
Waiting for Godot will begin Friday, April 3rd, 2009 and open officially on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). This will be a limited engagement.
Due to popular demand, Two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole continues her critically-acclaimed engagement at the legendary Café Carlyle. Originally scheduled for an exclusive two-week engagement (January 20-31), Ms. Ebersole will now perform 8 additional performances through Thursday, February 11th. The evening includes songs by Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Stephen Foster, Cole Porter - and even a little bit of opera. John Oddo (Musical Director) leads a quartet. Tony Award-winner Scott Wittman directs.
The performance schedule for the additional shows is: Tuesday-Saturday at 8:45 PM with an additional show at 10:45 PM on Saturday, February 7th. There is a $50 music charge for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and a $65 music charge for the Friday and Saturday performances.
The Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel - 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue. Dinner is served from 6:30PM. For reservations please call 212-744-1600. For additional information please visit www.thecarlyle.com.