The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced the roster of special guest performers for the 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce to be held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue) in New York City.
This year’s benefit gala culminates the organization’s centennial celebration that began last November. The black-tie gala will feature dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute supporting The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.
The lineup for the evening’s one-of-a-kind musical tribute inspired by Mr. Pierce’s career in theater, film and television, including this season’s productions of A Life (Playwrights Horizons) and Hello, Dolly! will include stars of stage and screen Tyne Daly (It Shoulda Been You), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Bebe Neuwirth (“Frasier”), Sierra Bogguss (School of Rock), Christopher Sieber (Mathilda), Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Harriet Harris (It Shoulda Been You), Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Debra Monk (Curtains), Montego Glover (Memphis), Adam Kantor (Fiddler on the Roof), Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris) and more to be announced.
Drama League Directors Project alumnus Shelley Butler (It Shoulda Been You) directs. The 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring David Hyde Pierce will be produced by Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger. The creative team will include Rob Urbanati (writer), Joyce Chittick(choreographer), David Evans (music director), Samantha Saltzman (associate producer/director),Melissa M. Spengler (production stage manager), Nick Kolin (lighting), Mike Tracey (sound),Whitney Locher (costume), and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (Drama League Executive Artistic Director).
“Since 1916, The Drama League has been honored to celebrate the career achievements of great theatrical artists,” noted Drama League Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks. “To kick off our second century in this tradition, we could think of no one more perfect than David, who exemplifies the absolute best of what American theater can be. What a pleasure it is to gather his friends, co-stars and colleagues for an unforgettable night celebrating his many triumphs, and his return to Broadway this season.”
VIP and Ballroom seats are available, with a limited number of seats open to the General Public. For more information, please call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101 or visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.