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Broadway's Brightest Stars Come Out to Honor Audra McDonald at the Drama League's 29th Annual Gala on Feb 11

BROADWAY BRIGHTEST  STARS COME OUT FOR
A U D R A    M C D O N A L D

AT

THE DRAMA LEAGUE’S
29TH ANNUAL MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
FEBRUARY 11TH AT 7:00 P.M.
AT THE PIERRE HOTEL

NEWLY-ANNOUNCED CAST MEMBERS
TYNE DALY, JUDITH LIGHT, JULIE WHITE,
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL, PHILLIP BOYKIN, BOBBY STEGGERT,
REBECCA NAOMI JONES, EDDIE KORBICH, CAISSIE LEVY
JOIN ROSTER OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CELEBRITIES
TAYE DIGGS AND PHYLICIA RASHAD CO-HOST ALL-STAR TRIBUTE

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY
ZOE CALDWELL AND NEW YORK STATE SENATOR TOM DUANE

NEW ITEMS ADDED TO ONLINE AUCTION

New York, NY (February 4, 2013) – The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) will honor five-timeTony Award®-winner Audra McDonald at The Drama League’s 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, on February 11, 2013 at the famed Pierre Hotel    (2 East 61st Street).  Amy Eller and Ellen Fox are the 2013 Gala Chairpersons.  Tickets and tables are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting www.dramaleague.org/audra

Broadway, TV and Film stars Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad will host the annual black-tie gala, featuring dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only evening of musical selections drawn from Ms. McDonald’s career.  Rounding out the list of celebrity guests are Tony Award® winners Tyne Daly, Judith Light, Julie White, and Broadway veterans Jayne Houdyshell, Phillip Boykin, Bobby Steggert, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eddie Korbich, and Caissie Levy.  They will join previously announced performers Tony  Award® winners Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti LuPone, Zoe Caldwell, Anthony Crivello, Broadway veterans Victor Garber, Norm Lewis, Mary Testa, Tony Sheldon, Michael Arden, Seth Rudetsky, and New York State Senator Tom Duane (all subject to change and availability).  The production is directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodgewith musical direction by David Evans and produced by Mr. Danforth.

 

Daily additions to the cast list, and a wealth of information about the event, can be found at www.dramaleague.org/audra.  The evening supports The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.

The Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald brings together 500 of New York City’s most influential arts supporters, celebrities, and luminaries for a black-tie evening of cocktails, dinner, and the acclaimed, unforgettable musical revue featuring dozens of stars from film, television and theatre.  The Musical Celebration of Broadway will feature songs from Audra’s many Broadway triumphs, including The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class, Marie Christine, 110 In The Shade; her operatic and concert work, including her celebrated turns in Passion and Mahagonny; and her award-winning albums “Way Back To Paradise,” “How Glory Goes,” “Happy Songs” and “Build A Bridge.”

Serge Lutens is the Signature Sponsor of The Drama League Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald, and will provide the evening’s VIP Gifts for all attendees.  http://us.sergelutens.com

Starbright Florals is the Official Florist of The Drama League, who will provide unique floral designs for the evening. http://www.starbrightnyc.com

Ticket prices start at $750, which includes the cocktail reception, dinner, and all performances.  For more information, please contact The Drama League at 212.244.9494 ext 27 or click on http://dramaleague.org.

The Drama League’s 2013 Gala Online Auction, now live online and taking bids at www.biddingforgood.com/thedramaleague, now features over sixty once-in-a-lifetime prize packages, including exclusive celebrity experiences with Tom Hanks, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Cattrall, chef Rocco DiSpirito, violinist Joshua Bell, Broadway opening night parties for Jekyll and Hyde, The Big Knifeand The Trip To Bountiful; luxury vacations to Marrakech, London, Las Vegas, and Chicago; and just-added items added including a one-of-a-kind James Martin Jewels' handmade 18K white gold cocktail ring with 48K cushion-cut rock crystal and 45 diamonds; VIP Experience Passes at tapings of ABC's "The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart; ” a limited-edition print by acclaimed artists Yasmina Alaoui and Marco Guerra; Opening Night Tickets and Party to The Assembled Parties; and tickets to the 2013 Yankees Spring Training in Tampa, FL. The auction will conclude at The Drama League's 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadwayon February 11, 2013. 

Visit www.biddingforgood.com/thedramaleague  to view additional items and place your bids.

The Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald raises much-needed funds for the vital education programs of The Drama League Directors Project. Since 1984, The Drama League has honored exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others, including Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chita Rivera, Rosie O’Donnell and Terrence McNally.

Since 1916, The Drama League of New York has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organization.

Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League indelibly transforms the lives of artists and audiences by harnessing the unique social and creative dynamism of theatre. Its nationally-renowned, award-winning efforts have two vital goals: To train and nurture the artists of tomorrow and to deepen and strengthen the audience experience.

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