Composer Jerry Herman and gossip columnist Liz Smith are the honorary chairpersons for the June 7 event, which will include cocktails, performance and a champagne dinner. Performers will be announced shortly for the evening, which will also include the presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Award, which commemorates lifetime achievement in the musical theatre. The Oscar Hammerstein Award was created in 1988 by the York's founding artistic director, Janet Hays Walker. Past recipients include John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, David Merrick, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Jerry Herman and Cy Coleman.
One of the true superstars of the American musical theatre, Carol Channing published her autobiography — "Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts" — on the Simon & Schuster label. In addition to her many triumphs — including her Tony for Hello, Dolly! and her Academy Award nomination for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" — Channing's tome also details some of the obstacles she endured, including her long-term food addictions, her battle with cancer and her first marriage to a struggling novelist, Ted Naidish. Channing's other Broadway outings include Lend an Ear, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lorelei.
The evening will begin at 6 PM with cocktails, followed by the 7 PM performance at the Citigroup Executive Auditorium (399 Park Avenue). The 8:30 PM champagne dinner will be held at the University Club. For tickets, call (212) 935-5824, ext. 25.