Glenn Close and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the final performance of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ revival, June 25, 2017. (Photo: Shutterstock)
The American Theatre Wing has announced that it will celebrate the iconic composer, producer, and ardent philanthropist Andrew Lloyd Webber at its annual Gala, which will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street). The evening will be both a celebration of the Wing’s 101 Years of supporting strong and fearless voices in the American Theatre, as well as a star-studded musical tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s body of work amassed over five decades at the very top of his profession.
The funds raised at the Gala will provide vital support for the Wing’s programs, which champion theatrical excellence at every stage and ensure that American Theatre has a dynamic and diverse future.
“There was only one way we could follow up last year’s centennial blow-out, and that was by paying tribute to one of the great, unstoppable forces shaping both the theatrical landscape and popular culture over the past half-century: Andrew Lloyd Webber,” said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing. “We are honoring Andrew for his immeasurable artistic contributions, and also for his unwavering commitment to arts education. The work he is doing on behalf of underserved young people is absolutely vital to the future health of both our industry and our society. We all feel incredibly lucky to count him as one of our most valuable partners on this front, and the work that we’ve accomplished together is some of the most meaningful, personally satisfying work we’ve ever done.”
In 2016, Andrew Lloyd Webber gave the American Theatre Wing a $1.3 million, three-year grant to support theatre education opportunities for diverse and underserved young people and public schools across the U.S. Since then, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative has provided more than $1 million in grants and scholarships for schools wishing to enhance their theater programs and students wanting to further their theater training, reaching over twenty-two thousand students nationwide.