Transport Group will hold its 2018 gala benefit on March 12 at The Current, Pier 59 @ Chelsea Piers. This year's event, A Toast to the Artist Honoring Dick Scanlan, will honor the Tony-nominated librettist and director Dick Scanlan with the Transporting American Theatre Award.
Dick Scanlan wrote the book and lyrics for the Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori. With Sherie Rene Scott, he cowrote the Tony-nominated musical Everyday Rapture, produced on Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company and off-Broadway at Second Stage.
Also at Second Stage, Scanlan and Scott wrote Whorl Inside a Loop, inspired by their experiences teaching in a men's prison. His reinvented version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown has received productions at the Denver Center Theatre Company and the Muny, starring Tony nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home) and directed by Kathleen Marshall. With Transport Group, Scanlan is currently writing a new musical, Renascence, with composer Carmel Dean and co-directing with Jack Cummings III. The show is inspired by the early life and work of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and the publication of an epic poem that made her a star at 20.
The March 12 concert will feature performances by Brandon Victor Dixon, Harriet Harris, Beth Malone, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Mayer, Sherie Rene Scott, Ali Stroker, Jeanine Tesori, Aaron Weinstein, Betsy Wolfe, and the cast of Whorl Inside a Loop (Derrick Baskin, Chris Meyers, Ryan Quinn, Daniel J. Watts, and Donald Webber Jr.).
Transport Group's current season has included the critically acclaimed revival of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude, performed by David Greenspan, and will next feature Promises, Promises in June and an April coproduction with Classic Stage Company of Tennessee Williams's Summer and Smoke, directed by Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III.
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