Tony winner Christine Ebersole, Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise and Grammy winner Melissa Manchester will be joined by artists from American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, Dancing Wheels, DP ONE, Miguel Frasconi, The Joffrey Ballet, KR3T’S, New York City Ballet, Elizabeth Parkinson, Parsons Dance Company, Keith Roberts, John Selya, Jason Samuels Smith, Mr. Wiggles and the Wylliams/Henry Dance Theatre.
The evening, which will host several world premieres from the performing companies, honors Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Anka K. Palitz and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. Neuwirth will receive the Rolex Dance Award, and Palitz and the Robbins Foundation will both receive the Career Transition for Dancers' 2007 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance.
The 7 PM event, according to press notes, "will be an entertaining, electrifying evening of dance set to music through the decades, from the 50's to hip hop." The Honorary Jubilee Chair is Priscilla Presley, and the Honorary Chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Donna McKechnie, Kevin McKenzie, Jane Powell, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera and Ethan Stiefel.
In a statement, Allen Brill, president and CEO of Rolex Watch USA, said, "We are delighted to present the Rolex Dance Award to Bebe Neuwirth, one of the most celebrated dancer-singer-actresses of our time. Her career on stage and both in film and television are a testament to her versatility. As such a dedicated supporter of Career Transition for Dancers, it is an honor to be celebrating her career and many contributions to the world of dance."
Gala tickets, priced $600-$1,200, are available by calling (212) 228-7446, ext. 33. Performance-only tickets, priced $45-$130, are available by calling (212) 764-0172 or by visiting www.nycitycenter.org. New York City Center is located in Manhattan at 131 West 55th Street.