Abingdon Theatre Company will launch its 26th season with a gala event October 22 at The Edison Ballroom honoring two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy, most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!
The evening will begin at 6 PM with a cocktail reception, dinner, tribute, and live auction, followed by a concert performance of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire's musical revue Closer Than Ever.
The performance will feature choreography by Deidre Goodwin, musical direction by Kevin David Thomas, and direction by Chad Austin. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Both individual Gala tickets (starting at $500) and performance-only tickets ($125) are available at AbingdonTheatre.org or by calling (212) 868-2055, ext. 2.
Abingdon Theatre Company has also announced the first production of its 2018–2019 season: a collaboration with The Bushwick Starr on The Things That Were There, a new play by David Greenspan. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans, performances are scheduled for October 10–November 3 at The Bushwick Starr Theater in Brooklyn.
Featuring Evander Duck, Jr., Greenspan, Caitlin Morris, Cesar J. Rosado, and Mary Shultz, The Things That Were There is a memory play and a meditation on loss. Set on the occasion of a celebratory dinner, the play dramatizes the events and relationships of a family over many years.
The production will have scenic and costume design by Carolyn Mraz and lighting design by Barbara Samuels.
"We're thrilled to be honoring the incomparable Donna Murphy at this year's gala," says Artistic Director Tony Speciale. "I have been a huge fan of hers for years, having grown up listening to the original Broadway cast album of Passion. To be able to celebrate her extraordinary talents with this riveting song cycle by the legendary Maltby and Shire is a dream come true. We're also excited to collaborate with The Bushwick Starr in presenting David Greenspan's The Things That Were There as our season opener. I have long been an admirer of David's innovative work and this particular family drama is especially poignant."