BY: Atul Kapoor Staff Writer For World Liberty TV
Honorees: Film, television, theater icon and three-time Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane. Theater producer Fran Weissler for Visionary Leadership in American Theater.
Host: Matthew Broderick. Special guests: Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Billy Eichner, Brita Filter, Santino Fontana, Mark Linn-Baker, Andrea Martin, Alex Newell, Ernie Sabella, Jarrod Spector, Stephanie’s Child, Teal Wicks, Terrence McNally, R.L. Stine, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks. Gala Production Director: West Hyler.
Gala Producer: Travis LeMont Ballenger. Gala Co-Chairs are Kathy Henderson, Janet M. Kagan, and Joseph Pizza. The Drama League: Board President Stan Ponte. Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks.
Celebrating Nathan Lane’s career in theater, film and television, including this last season’s Broadway revival of Angels in America, the gala will feature a one-night-only musical tribute in Mr. Lane’s honor hosted by Matthew Broderick with appearances by stars of both stage and screen, including Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Billy Eichner, Brita Filter, Santino Fontana, Mark Linn-Baker, Andrea Martin, Alex Newell, Ernie Sabella, Jarrod Spector, Stephanie’s Child, Teal Wicks, Terrence McNally, R.L. Stine, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks.
Drama League Directors Project alum West Hyler is the director and co-writer of the gala program, with Laura Brandel as associate director. The 35th Annual Benefit Gala is produced by Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger with Gala Associate Producer Sean Gorski.
The creative team includes David Evans (music direction), Alessandra Marconi (choreography), Timothy Huang (additional lyrics), Melissa Spengler-Winner (production stage management), Nick Kolin (lighting design), Michael Tracey (sound design), Whitney Locher (costume design).
The Gala Co-Chairs are Kathy Henderson, Janet M. Kagan, and Joseph Pizza; Leadership support for The Benefit Gala is also provided by its Vice Chairs: Art Lab LLC, Anna May & Tim Feige, Fearless Productions LLC, Una Jackman & Jay Alix, Mary Jain, Chip & Cindy Murphy, Stan Ponte & John Metzner, and JoAnn & John Weisel.
The Benefit Gala Committee members are Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane, Leslie C. Feldman, Robert Jezowski, and The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts. Sceneworks Studios is a Major Sponsor of the 2018 Benefit Gala. MAC Cosmetics is the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League.
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