The award, named for the prolific master lyricist, recognizes lifetime achievement in musical theatre. The evening will take place Nov. 16 at Guastavino’s in New York and will include a reception, dinner and a concert and award ceremony. The evening’s entertainment will be directed by Kurt Stamm, with music direction by Andrew Gerle. Special guests that were previously announced to appear include Len Cariou, James Earl Jones, Alan Menken, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brad Oscar, Tom Rhoads and Karen Ziemba.
In an earlier statement, York producing artistic director James Morgan, said, "We are delighted to be able to honor Ms. Lansbury. We have tried for a number of years to make this event happen, and this time, the stars—and this star—aligned, and we are over the moon. She is the personification of lifetime achievement in musical theatre, and the ceremony will be a celebration of her 90th birthday."
Proceeds from the event will benefit the York Theatre Company; for more information and to purchase tickets visit YorkTheatre.org, call Julie Griffith at (212) 935-5824 or email at jgriffith @yorktheatre.org.