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Barbara Cook, Nathan Lane, Donna Murphy, Sara Ramirez and More To Headline Theatreworks USA's 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, Feb 12

Tony Award Winners
      
BARBARA COOK     NATHAN LANE
DONNA MURPHY    SARA RAMIREZ

To Headline

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50th Anniversary Celebration
 "50 Years of Inspiring Kids...And Their Kids...And Their Kids" 

Hosted by
CHARLES BUSCH     JULIE HALSTON 

Also Starring
BRYAN BATT JENNIFER CODY COLMAN DOMINGO
RYAN DUNCANMARY FABER"FOREVER PLAID"
JARED GERTNERANN HARADASHELDON HARNICK
ROSE HEMINGWAYGWEN HOLLANDERJAYNE HOUDYSHELL
JOE ICONISJAMIE LaVERDIERELUBA MASON
BRAD OSCARSTEPHEN PASQUALENICK ROULEAU
DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGAJOHN TARTAGLIA 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012

At The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
at New York University 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
VISIT WWW.TWUSA.ORG
 OR CALL 212-647-1100 x126

Theatreworks USA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Dir.; Ken Arthur, Producing Dir.), the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for family audiences, is pleased to announce that Tony Award winners Barbara Cook, Nathan Lane, Donna Murphy and Sara Ramirez will headline its 50th Anniversary Celebration gala on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square North).
Barbara Cook (Photo: Denise Winters)
 Barbara Cook (Photo: Denise Winters)

Hosted by Charles Busch and Julie Halston, and co-chaired by Sheldon Harnick (Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner), Julie Halpin Anderson (Theatreworks USA Board Chair) and Tony Phelan ("Grey's Anatomy" Executive Producer), doors open at 5:30 p.m. in advance of a 6 p.m. performance and a 7:30 p.m. dinner.

Theatreworks USA's 50th Anniversary Celebration will also feature performances from Bryan Batt, Jennifer Cody, Colman Domingo, Ryan Duncan, Mary Faber, Forever Plaid, Jared Gertner, Ann Harada, Sheldon Harnick, Rose Hemingway, Gwen Hollander, Jayne Houdyshell, Joe Iconis, Jamie LaVerdiere, Luba Mason, Brad Oscar, Stephen Pasquale, Nic Rouleau, Daphne Rubin-Vega and John Tartaglia (talent roster is subject to change).

The 50th Anniversary Celebration gala will honor five individuals whose longtime professional contributions to Theatreworks USA have helped to shape the organization's impressive five-decades-long history of producing top-quality professional theatre for young audiences. 

Honorees include four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry ZaksGeorge Forbes, Executive Director of the Lucille Lortel Foundation and President of the Off-Broadway Theatre League; Betty Jacobs, longtime Theatreworks USA Board and Founding Circle Member; Theatreworks USA Marketing Director Barbara Sandek; and NYC Department of Youth & Community Development Comissioner Jeanne Mullgrav.

The performance portion of the evening will also include a live auction by C.K Swett, presentation of the Lee Salk "Good Works" Awards, and a special tribute to Theatreworks USA Co-Founders Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Celebration start at $100 (show only) and $500 (dinner and show) and are available by visiting www.twusa.org or by calling 212-647-1100 x126.
All proceeds from the Celebration support the productions and programs of Theatreworks USA, a not-for-profit educational and artistic corporation.
ABOUT THEATREWORKS USA
 

Theatreworks USA is America's largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained and instructed over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually.    

Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 125 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA also has an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets and magicians.

Theatreworks USA is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind.  It is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks USA was the recipient of a 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and in May 2000, The Actors Fund of America bestowed its Medal of Honor upon its founders, Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.

NYU SKIRBALL CENTER

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance.  www.nyuskirball.org.

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