Conlee, Cooper, Gonzalez and Testa to Perform at 52nd Street Gala May 11

News   Conlee, Cooper, Gonzalez and Testa to Perform at 52nd Street Gala May 11 Dreamgirls composer Henry Kreiger and Shrek tunesmith Jeanine Tesori will pen original songs for the 52nd Street Project's spring gala, Packing Peanuts, which will take place May 11 in Manhattan.

Mary Testa
Mary Testa Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Robert Sean Leonard will emcee the 7 PM event; honorary co-chairs are Peter Dinklage and Mary Testa.

Packing Peanuts features lyrics penned by young members of the 52nd Street Project set to music composed by Tony winner Krieger (Dreamgirls, Side Show), Tony nominees Tesori (Caroline, or Change, Shrek) and Rob Reale (A Year with Frog and Toad) and singer-songwriters Sondre Lerche and Dayna Kurtz.

Announced to perform the original songs are John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty), Lili Cooper (Spring Awakening), Mandy Gonzalez (In the Heights), Testa (Guys and Dolls), Dayna Kurtz and Sondre Lerche.

Jonathan Bernstein directs the evening with musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, lighting design by Greg MacPherson and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Singers will be accompanied by Peter Bernstein (guitar) and Ethan Eubanks (drums).

Tickets ranging $250-$25,000 (table) are available by phoning (212) 333-5252 or by e-mailing John Sheehy at <a href="mailto:" _cke_saved_href="mailto:" sheehy@52project.org"="">sheehy@52project.org.</a> The event will be held at Espace, 635 West 42 Street in Manhattan.</p><p> *</p><p> Willie Reale founded the 52nd Street Project in 1981 to improve the quality of life for New York's inner-city children who live in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Through programs and partnerships with theatre professionals, the 52nd Street Project reaches out to local children by creating theatrical projects tailored to their experiences.</p><p></p><p></p>