Barbara Cook, Nathan Lane, Donna Murphy, Sara Ramirez and More Will Be Part of Theatreworks USA 50th Anniversary Celebration

News   Barbara Cook, Nathan Lane, Donna Murphy, Sara Ramirez and More Will Be Part of Theatreworks USA 50th Anniversary Celebration
Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for family audiences, will present its 50th Anniversary Celebration gala Feb. 12 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook Photo by Mike Martin

Hosted by Charles Busch and Julie Halston, and co-chaired by Sheldon Harnick, Julie Halpin Anderson and Tony Phelan, the evening will boast the talents of Tony Award winners Barbara Cook, Nathan Lane, Donna Murphy and Sara Ramirez.

Doors will open at 5:30 PM in advance of the 6 PM performance and the 7:30 PM dinner.

The celebration will also feature performances from Bryan Batt, Jennifer Cody, Colman Domingo, Ryan Duncan, Mary Faber, Forever Plaid, Jared Gertner, Ann Harada, Sheldon Harnick, Rose Hemingway, Gwen Hollander, Jayne Houdyshell, Joe Iconis, Jamie LaVerdiere, Luba Mason, Brad Oscar, Stephen Pasquale, Nic RouleauDaphne Rubin-Vega and John Tartaglia.

The gala will honor five individuals "whose longtime professional contributions to Theatreworks USA have helped to shape the organization's impressive five-decades-long history of producing top-quality professional theatre for young audiences," according to a press statement.

Honorees include four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks; George Forbes, executive director of the Lucille Lortel Foundation and President of the Off-Broadway Theatre League; Betty Jacobs, longtime Theatreworks USA Board and Founding Circle Member; Theatreworks USA marketing director Barbara Sandek; and NYC Department of Youth & Community development commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav. The performance portion of the evening will also include a live auction by C.K Swett, presentation of the Lee Salk "Good Works" Awards, and a special tribute to Theatreworks USA co-founders Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Celebration start at $100 (show only) and $500 (dinner and show) and are available by visiting or by calling (212) 647-1100, ext. 126. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square North.

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