California's Pasadena Playhouse will receive the 2023 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Decided following a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, the honor includes a $25,000 grant made possible by support from City National Bank.
The Official State Theater of California, Pasadena Playhouse has premiered works from such playwrights as Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Suzan-Lori Parks, and more since its creation in 1917. Several Playhouse productions have ultimately made their way to Broadway, including Mail, Solitary Confinement, Looped, Sister Act, and Baby It's You!
“This is an extraordinary honor and a defining moment for our community," says Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. "Anyone who has worked at or experienced theatre at Pasadena Playhouse understands how unique and special a place it is. At its core, the Playhouse is made up of an exceptional community of artists, arts administrators, production professionals, volunteers, audiences, and supporters who are all connected and inspired by our founding ideal of being a theatre of, by, and for our community. This most prestigious award honors every person who has played a role in making and continuing to make Pasadena Playhouse one of the great cultural institutions in America."
“We are thrilled to present the 2023 Regional Theatre Tony Award to Pasadena Playhouse,” add American Theatre Wing President and CEO Heather Hitchens and Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin. “Pasadena Playhouse has made a significant impact—on both a local and global level, by developing some of the most innovative and inspiring works and artists.”
The theatre is currently in the midst of a six-month celebration of late pioneering musical theatre writer Stephen Sondheim. The company's production of his A Little Night Music is currently on stage through May 28 and follows a run of Sunday in the Park With George earlier this year. Three-time Tony recipient and noted Sondheim interpreter Bernadette Peters will play concerts at the Playhouse June 10 and 11.