Baranski Up for Grabs at MTC Gala May 17; Oz, Little Shop and Avenue Q to Perform

News   Baranski Up for Grabs at MTC Gala May 17; Oz, Little Shop and Avenue Q to Perform A special performance by Grammy Award winner Cyndi Lauper will be part of the star-studded 2004 Spring Gala to benefit the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski

The May 17 fundraiser at the New York Hilton will also feature selections from some of the current season's new musicals. Among those scheduled to entertain include The Boy From Oz's Hugh Jackman and Mitchel David Federan; Avenue Q's Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ann Harada and Rick Lyon; Bombay Dreams' Manu Narayan; Little Shop of Horrors' Hunter Foster, Kerry Butler and Douglas Sills; and Wicked's Stephen Schwartz. Valerie Harper, who starred in MTC's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, will also be part of the evening, which will be directed by Michael Bush.

All proceeds from the one-night-only event will benefit Manhattan Theatre Club’s educational and artistic programs. A silent auction will also be held during the evening: Among the items up for bids are walk-on roles on "Law & Order" and other TV programs, trips to Cuba and London, signed "Sopranos" memorabilia and a dinner date with Tony Award winner Christine Baranski.

The evening begins at 7 PM with cocktails, followed by dinner (8 PM) and the show (9:15 PM). Tickets for the gala — ranging from $1,000 (individual tickets) to $30,000 (table of ten) — are available by calling (212) 399-3000, ext. 344. The New York Hilton is located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 53rd Street.

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