Has twice won Broadway's Tony Award: in 2003 as Best Director (Play) for "Take Me Out." and in 2004 as Best Director (Musical) for a revival of "Assassins." He has also received two other Tony nominations: in 1993, as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," and in 1995, as Best Director (Play) for "Love! Valour! Compassion!".
He was nominated for a 2005 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Musical for "Wicked", at the Broadway in Chicago-Wicked Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
His father is of Italian descent. His mother is of half Italian ancestry.
Kathleen Chalfant, K. Todd Freeman, Jeffrey King, Ron Leibman, Cynthia Mace, Ellen McLaughlin, Stephen Spinella and he were awarded the 1992 Drama Logue Award for Ensemble Performance for "Angels in America" Part One "Millennium Approaches" and Part Two: "Perestroika" in a Gordon Davidson/Mark Taper Forum production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He and Stephen Spinella were awarded the 1993 New York Drama Desk Award for (tied) Best Featured Actor in a Play for "Angels in America Part One Millennium Approaches," on Broadway in New York City.