New York Theatre Workshop, best known as the birthplace of Jonathan Larson’s landmark musical Rent, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a February 11, 2019, gala at Capitale.
Launched in 1990, the East Village theatre located on East 4th Street solidified itself as an influential hub for bold new voices in American theatre with the 1996 premiere of Larson’s game-changing musical Rent. NYTW put the story of its multi-cultural neighborhood onstage when it produced Larson's pop update of Puccini's La Boheme that told the story of a tight-knit family of East Village artists, who struggle to love and survive in the face of the AIDS epidemic.
The gala will honor Founding Trustee Stephen Graham.
The benefit will include performances from many actors who created roles in NYTW’s biggest hits, including Rent veterans Anthony Rapp and Daphne Rubin-Vega, who will be joined by Hadestown cast member Amber Gray. The musical will arrive on Broadway later this year following its current run at London’s National.
Also set to appear are Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas), Nathaly Lopez (What’s It All About), Cristina Monet ("Disco Clone"), and Tony Award-winning Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr.
Andrew Neisler directs the gala that will feature music direction by Brian Usifer.
Tickets, starting at $1,250, with tables starting at $12,500, are available by visiting NYTW.org.