Tony Bennett and Lucy Liu walked the red carpet at the American Theatre Wing's 2017 Centennial Gala
Tony Bennett and Lucy Liu walk the red carpet at the American Theatre Wing's 2017 Centennial Gala.
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The American Theatre Wing's Centennial Gala, held September 18 at Cipriani 42nd Street, raised $1.2 million for the organization. The funds, which broke the organization's previous record, will provide vital support for the Wing's programs, which champion theatrical excellence at every stage and ensure that American theater has a dynamic and diverse future.

The evening was filmed by streaming service BroadwayHD, and will be available on BroadwayHD.com for all subscribers beginning early 2018. Additionally, it was announced that a book documenting the history of the American Theatre Wing will be released in early 2018. Patrick Pacheco is the author.

Natalie Cortez, Evie Dolan, Santino Fontana, Heather Headley, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Beth Malone, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, and Taylor Trensch all performed at the event. Hosts for the evening included David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves, Lea DeLaria, Whoopi Goldberg, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson. CeCe Black, Nicole Eisenberg, Anki Leeds, Marva A. Smalls, and Nadine Wong served as gala chairs.

The gala was not only in honor of the organization's centennial, but was in celebration of the power of musical theater in American life over the past 100 years.