Broadway Dreams honors Tony Award-winning Ragtime creators Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with the inaugural Arts Advancement Award, presented November 21 at the annual Night of Dreams Gala at The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, located at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza (165 West 65th Street), in New York.
Directed by Stafford Arima, the evening includes cocktails, dinner, and tribute performances. Christy Altomare and Derek Klena will perform “In a Crowd of Thousands” from the anticipated new Ahrens/Flaherty musical Anastasia, which is set to open on Broadway April 24, 2017. Broadway Dreams teaching artists Quentin Earl Darrington (Cats) and Morgan James (Godspell) also perform.
“Lynn and Stephen’s work illuminates the most salient historic and current social justice issues and reminds Broadway Dreams students daily of the power of theatre not only to entertain but also to elucidate the shared human experience, cultivating understanding and instigating change,” said Arima, artistic advisor of Broadway Dreams, in an earlier statement. “In this age of increasing culture wars, their shared artistic voice is perhaps more important than ever, and Broadway Dreams is proud to recognize their myriad accomplishments with the inaugural Arts Advancement Award.”
“Point Park University is dedicated to educating the artists of the future,” added University President Paul Hennigan. “We are delighted to sponsor Broadway Dreams in that shared vision for the young artists that they work with year-round.”
A costume exhibit will be on display for the evening, featuring pieces from Ahrens and Flaherty’s past and upcoming Broadway productions.
Longtime collaborators Ahrens and Flaherty are recipients of the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement and were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015. For Broadway’s Ragtime, they won Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations. They were also nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for the score of Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature Anastasia.
Broadway Dreams, which was established in 2006, provides “youth and young adults of all socioeconomic backgrounds with performance training, life skills building, and mentorship opportunities from the entertainment industry’s most distinguished talents. Broadway Dreams seeks to empower aspiring young artists through performing arts training, with a focus on the acting, voice, and dance disciplines.”
For more information visit BroadwayDreams.org.
(Updated November 21, 2016)