The 2014 Regional Theater Tony Award is to go to New York’s Signature Theatre. Every year a Tony is awarded to a regional theater on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. This is the first year that theaters based in the Big Apple were considered eligible.
"Signature Theatre is an integral part of the theater landscape. By dedicating each season to a single playwright, Signature Theatre offers audiences an unmatched explorative experience with the writer's message across multiple bodies of work," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing.
Signature Theatre was founded in 1991 by James Houghton and champions in-depth explorations of a playwright’s body of work. It has a permanent home at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theater facility on New York City's West 42nd Street. Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of writers including Edward Albee, David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard and August Wilson. Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions.
The Tony nominations will be announced by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu on April 29 at the Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe and the winners announced in a live telecast on June 8 on CBS, hosted by Hugh Jackman.