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Nan Honored By Dramatist's Guild Fund

November 7, 2016 was a big night for Nan Knighton and her family. Both she and her husband, John Breglio, were honored at the Dramatists Guild Fund's annual gala, Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition. The event was held at Gotham Hall in New York City.

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Nan was among a group of nine elite playwrights, composers and lyricists who were recognized for their significant contributions to American theatre. The 2016 honorees included:

  • Nell Benjamin
  • Mindi Dickstein
  • Carol Hall
  • Tom Kitt
  • Nan Knighton
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Robert Schenkhan
  • Stephen Schwartz
  • Steven Sondheim
In keeping with the Presidental theme, Patrick Page presented a monologue from Schenkhan's play All The Way and Raul Esparza debuted "The Flag Song" which had been cut from Sondheim's Assassins prior to the start of performances in 1990.

The evening's entertainment also included performances by:

  • Hannah Elless ("Astonishing" from Little Women)
  • Mandy Gonzalez ("Satisfied" from Hamilton)
  • Douglas Sills ("Into the Fire" from The Scarlet Pimpernel)
  • Kate Baldwin ("Hard Candy Christmas" from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
  • Aaron Tveit ("Morning Glow," from Pippin
  • Christopher Sieber (debuted a song from Benjamin and Kitt's new musical, Dave)

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John Breglio was celebrated for his patronage of the arts and his strong impact on the theatrical community. This summer, John published a book about theatrical production entitled I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway... or Get Killed . Breglio was the sole producer of the 2006 Broadway Revival of A Chorus Line and later produced Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theatre in New York City in 2008. Prior to that, he spent 40 years in entertainment law and headed the department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Breglio represented some of the most famous clientele in New York theatre including: Michael Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim and August Wilson to name a few

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