Meryl Streep was honored with the 14th-Annual Monte Cristo Award at Edison Ballroom last night, presented by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
Streep’s friend and fellow Eugene O’Neill Theater Center alumnus Joe Grifasi presented the award. Judith Light, Tony Kushner, John Patrick Shanley and Tracy Letts also shared stories about their time working with Streep as the part of the evening’s program. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez rounded out the event by performing a tribute song for Streep to the tune of “Love is an Open Door” from Disney’s “Frozen.” 2012 Monte Cristo Award honoree Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones also attended, along with actorsBetsy Parrish, Marcel Rosenblatt, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Billy Magnussen, Alice Ripley, Margo Seibert, Susan Blackwell and many more.
The Monte Cristo Award is presented to a prominent theater artist each year in recognition of a distinguished career exemplifying Eugene O’Neill’s “pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, and excellence.” Past recipients of the Award include Christopher Plummer, Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones, Harold Prince, Kevin Spacey, Neil Simon, Jason Robards, Jr., Edward Albee, August Wilson, Zoe Caldwell, Brian Dennehy, Karl Malden, Arthur & Barbara Gelb, and Wendy Wasserstein.
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