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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will be honored at the 17th annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway as part of the organization's partnership with the Lilly Awards.
The 24 Hour Plays bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world. Proceeds from The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway benefit the 24 Hour Plays programming, including the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists) and the Lilly Awards Foundation's work supporting women in theater and promoting gender parity.
The rotating cast for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway has included Leslie Bibb, Jason Biggs, Billy Crudup, Hugh Dancy, Daveed Diggs, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Dratch, Jesse Eisenberg, America Ferrera, John Krasinski, Aasif Mandvi, Javier Muñoz, Retta, Amanda Seales, Justice Smith, Amber Tamblyn, Tracie Thoms, and Olivia Wilde.
The marathon process for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway begins at 10pm on October 29, the night before the performance. The writers, directors, actors, and production staff — many of whom have never worked with or met one another before — gather for an orientation during which they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do onstage. Using all this as inspiration, the writers spend the night developing 10-minute plays, with rehearsals set to begin at 9am the following morning for an 8pm performance that same day.
This gala celebrates the launch of Abingdon Theatre Company's 2017-18 season as well as the company's 25th anniversary. It honors multi-Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) and includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation, live auction, and a special performance of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical revue And the World Goes 'Round. The performance's all-star cast features Tony nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall (Crazy for You), Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), Telly Leung (Aladdin), Kecia Lewis (Once on This Island), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago), Drama Desk Award nominee Julia Murney (The Wild Party), multi-Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia), Angie Schwore (Something Rotten), and others.
Don thy codpieces, neck ruffs, and farthingales — Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera proudly presents its 4th annual Drag Extravaganza for two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries.
Join us in your best Elizabethan finery and watch Shakespeare himself discover the genius of Verdi, Purcell, Bernstein, and more. "Some are born fab, some achieve fabulous, and some have fabulous thrust upon them!"
Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting the Humane Society of New York, honors James L. Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organization. He'll receive the third annual Humane Society of New York's Sandy Fund Award in recognition of his deep concern and support for rescued animals. Nederlander has a special connection to the Sandy Fund, which is named in honor of the original canine star of Broadway's Annie. His father, James M. Nederlander, produced the legendary musical and thereby gave Sandy his very first acting job. Sandy quickly became a Broadway star, playing 2,363 performances of Annie and performing for two American presidents at the White House.
This, the fourth annual Best in Shows event, is presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni. Music direction is by Seth Rudetsky, who also hosts the show, which features some of Broadway's brightest performers: Joanna Gleason, Andrea McArdle, Brad Oscar, Laura Osnes, and Karen Ziemba. Surprise two- and four-legged guests will be joining them. The evening's cabaret performances begin at 7pm, to be followed by a reception with cast members for premium ticket buyers.
Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, The Children's Monologues are based on the stories of children growing up in Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa. Invited to describe a day that they will never forget, the work recounts the personal experiences of these young people expressed in their own words — sometimes harrowing, sometimes uplifting, and always moving.
Adapted for the stage by an impressive list of Academy Award-, Pulitzer Prize-, Tony Award-, and BAFTA-winning writers, including Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Jack Thorne, Laura Wade, and others, the production gives audience members a powerful glimpse into a world in which young people are forced to grapple with astonishing challenges as each cast member steps forward to give the voiceless a voice, performing their stories.
Would you do anything to help your favorite baseball team win the pennant? In the Faustian musical comedy Damn Yankees, Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil to be the home-run hitter who will guide his favorite team, the Washington Senators, to a win against those "damn Yankees." To the tune of such classics as "Heart," "Two Lost Souls," and "Whatever Lola Wants," viewers follow Joe on his quest to save his team...and his soul. Starring in this benefit concert reading of the Tony Award-winning Damn Yankees are Tony and Academy Award winners Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones as well as Golden Globe winner Maggie Gyllenhaal.
This black-tie evening honors Steve Martin, whose prolific body of work has earned him an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Celebrating Martin's career in theater, music, film, and television, including this season's Broadway production of his new play Meteor Shower, the gala features a one-night-only musical tribute in Martin's honor, with performances by stars of both stage and screen. Past performers at the Drama League's benefit galas have included Liza Minnelli, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Tony Bennett, and Nick Jonas.
This cutting-edge, critically acclaimed "docu-musical" highlights Oscar Hammerstein's evolution to become one of the most important lyricists of all time. Working closely with William Hammerstein (Oscar Hammerstein's grandson) to obtain private, personal stories, rarely before seen images & videos, and an in-depth glimpse into the life of Oscar Hammerstein, An Enchanted Evening is a one-of-a kind, intimate show highlighting Oscar's life and music through documentary storytelling and imaginative performances.
Starring Billboard Top 100 recording artist Doreen Taylor in her off-Broadway debut and renowned award-winning Broadway performer David Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha).
Proceeds will be donated to help save Highland Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (Oscar Hammerstein II's home and birthplace for timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and The King and I).
Some of Broadway's brightest stars celebrate six weeks of fundraising in a showcase of songs and skits at the 29th annual Gypsy of the Year competition. The event is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. For two extraordinary afternoons, Gypsy of the Year celebrates the talented singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, historically and affectionately known as "gypsies." More than 200 of them perform original skits, songs, and dances, with awards presented to the best presentation and to the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks.
After Free Shakespeare in the Park was firmly established in its permanent home at the Delacorte Theater in 1962, Joseph Papp turned his attention to expanding the theater's scope to produce contemporary writers alongside the great works of William Shakespeare. In October of 1967, Papp first opened the doors to the Public's downtown theatrical home on Astor Place with a revolutionary new musical, Hair. Fifty years later, this one-night-only commemorative event will reunite the Public's Tony Award-winning revival company of Hair for a concert version of songs and scenes from this ground-breaking show plus additional performances and tributes.
The company of the Hair benefit performance includes Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe), Steel Burkhardt (Tribe), Allison Case (Crissy), Lauren Elder (Tribe), Jonathan Groff (Claude), Anthony Hollock (Tribe), Kaitlin Kiyan (Tribe), Andrew Kober (Dad), Megan Lawrence (Mother), Caissie Levy (Sheila), Nicole Lewis (Tribe), John Moauro (Tribe), Darius Nichols (Hud), Brandon Pearson (Tribe), Megan Reinking (Tribe), Paris Remillard (Tribe), Bryce Ryness (Woof), Maya Sharpe (Tribe), Kacie Sheik (Jeanie), Will Swenson (Berger), and Tommar Wilson (Tribe).
The Happiest Millionaire, which premiered in 1967, is the last live-action Disney production to be overseen by Walt Disney himself. Containing over 80 minutes of Golden Age Disney music and dance, the score was written by Mary Poppins composers and Disney legends Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Set in 1916 Philadelphia, the film is based on the real lives of eccentric Renaissance man, alligator collector, and boxing enthusiast Anthony J. Drexel Biddle and his daughter Cordy, a fiercely independent fighter who, like Disney princesses, wants to discover the world on her own terms.
Now The Happiest Millionaire celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert benefitting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Multi-Tony Award nominee and celebrated screen actor Dana Ivey (Sunday in the Park With George) stars as Aunt Mary. Also joining the cast is multi-Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers) as well as Lesley Ann Warren (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella) and Joyce Bulifant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), who reprise their roles from the movie.
Its buildings may crumble, but a country's spirit is indestructible. Join this celebration of the spirit of the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico. Indestructible is an evening of song, dance, comedy and spoken-word performance whose proceeds will help victims of the recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico. The event features Flaco Navaja (Def Poetry Jam), Irene Sofia Lucio (Wit), Emma Ramos (nominated for a 2016 Imagen Award for her series BUTS), David Zayas (Dexter), Rosal Colon (Orange Is the New Black), Desmar Guevara and Elise Santora (Betsy), stand-up comic Melissa Diaz, Ximena Salgado (La pre), Craig muMs Grant (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)), D'marquesina, Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black), and others.
People need to realize that a guy with a disability is, first of all, just a guy. It Is What It Is shares the experiences of a young man with cerebral palsy who wants to let people know that disabilities can actually be interesting and funny.
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
New York Stage and Film's annual Winter Gala will honor Tina Fey and founder and C.E.O. of Audible, Inc., Don Katz. The Winter Gala, a fundraising event to support New York Stage and Film's year-round theater and film development initiatives will be held on Tuesday, December 5.
"To say we are thrilled by this year's gala honorees is an absolute understatement," said artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer. "Tina is a leading voice in American comedy, from her film and television work, to her upcoming Broadway debut with the Mean Girls musical. And we are so excited to honor Don, who has been a pioneer in the world of audio entertainment, and is currently providing vital support for playwrights through Audible's recent expansion into the theater world."
The evening includes cocktails, an auction, dinner, and entertainment from special guests in honor of Tina Fey and Don Katz.
Rosie's Theater Kids, an after-school performing arts program for students from New York City's public schools, honors the legendary Broadway musical The Lion King on the occasion of the show's 20th anniversary at the program's annual fall gala. Founded in 2003 by Rosie O'Donnell and Lori Klinger, RTKids is dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved students through the arts with both in-school and after-school programming.
This event honors the award-winning artistry and groundbreaking careers of Phylicia and Condola Rashad — mother and daughter, respectively. Theatre Communications Group's annual galas are always dedicated to individuals who have made theater the family business, influencing the art form in the United States for multiple generations. This year's celebration also commemorates the 20th anniversary of TCG's National Council for the American Theatre, a group of trustees from around the country who have shaped their communities and changed the national theater landscape. The evening begins with cocktails, which will be followed by dinner and special performances. Guests should wear festive attire. All proceeds will benefit TCG's wide-ranging programs that strengthen and promote multigenerational theater while making the world better through theater.
Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids is an event that brings together the very best performers from the American stage and screen to raise awareness of the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those 13 and older who are in danger of aging out of the foster care system alone. Combining celebrity, music, and everyday people sharing their incredible stories, Voices for the Voiceless directly benefits You Gotta Believe, a New York nonprofit specializing in finding permanent families for older kids in foster care. Hosted by Sirius XM radio's Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and James Wesley (Unbroken Circle), this year's concert lineup features multi-Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Grammy Award winner Stephanie Mills (The Wiz), comedian Caroline Rhea, Charlene Tilton (Dallas), and WNBC's Janice Huff.
Theater Resources Unlimited's (TRU) 25th Anniversary Benefit will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017, beginning at noon at Caroline's on Broadway. Preshow cocktails start at noon followed by a three-course luncheon at 1pm and performance and awards at 2pm. Tickets range from $50 (bar only, and show) to $225 for first-tier VIP seats with luncheon.
25 Years of TRU Love: Creating Community Through the Arts will honor TRU Spirit of Theater Award recipient Jana Robbins, producer (Roof of the World, Ragtime revival, I Love You Because, Little Women) and Broadway actress (Gypsy with Tyne Daly, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife).
Directed by Jim Brochu, the performance will include a live auction of an eight-day, seven-night UNIWORLD Western European Boutique River Cruise valued up to $10,000, as well as tickets to Hamilton.
Is theater a welcoming environment for women producers? Has that changed over the years? Do women producers offer a different aesthetic from their male counterparts? Studies indicate that women tend to be more collaborative, intuitive, and empathetic in their management style. Though perhaps a generalization, do women producers display a different management style? There is controversy about the disproportionate number of works by men produced both historically and in the present. Might more women producers mean more works by women and more stories that center on women? Is commercial theater or not-for-profit more welcoming for women? And given all these questions, what might theater look like with more women producers taking the lead?