A press rep for the Project has revealed to Playbill.com that Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Brooke Shields and Emmy Award-winning musical director John McDaniel will collaborate on "An Evening with Brooke Shields and John McDaniel," a private cabaret performance that will take place in an apartment overlooking Lincoln Center for up to 30 friends of the highest bidder.
Cabaret veteran Margaret Whiting and Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer will be honored at the gala. Whiting (Broadway's Dream) is being recognized for her dedication to performing the American songbook standards throughout her long career as a recording artist and in cabaret and concerts. Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, …Charlie Brown) is being honored "for effectively bridging traditional and contemporary sensibilities for today’s Broadway audiences."
The evening will feature live entertainment and dancing, cocktails and dinner, a silent and a live auction, as well as a juried costume fashion show.
A special tribute to Whiting will be introduced by actress Maureen Moore and Nellie McKay, the singer-songwriter who appeared on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, and who will also perform in the tribute.
Among those appearing at the event will be actress Jane Kaczmarek, Tony-nominated lyricist-librettist Dick Scanlan and Tony-nominated actress Kate Baldwin.
Jim Caruso, the host of Cast Party at Birdland, will be the auctioneer for the live auction at the benefit. The panel of celebrity judges will include the five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long; NY 1 News’ Frank DiLella; Jujamcyn president Jordan Roth; casting director Tara Rubin; jazz vocalist Hilary Kole; Time Out NY’s theatre and cabaret critic Adam Feldman; and arts patron Frank Skillern.
The grand prize winner for Best Song Title Costume will win a one-week vacation to Paris and the French Riviera courtesy of Radisson Blu Hotels, including roundtrip airfare.
The Edison Ballroom is located at 240 West 47th Street. Tickets are $250 per person, with a limited number of $150 tickets available to supporters under 35. To order, call (212) 362-2115 or visit www.theamericansongbookproject.org.
The American Songbook Project, founded in 1999, brings Broadway and cabaret performers into New York City schools to allow them to hear "great songs, both classic and contemporary," and to encourage the development of new audiences for the American songbook.