Final Performance of Birdie by Encores! Is City Center Gala

News   Final Performance of Birdie by Encores! Is City Center Gala The 60th anniversary of City Center will be celebrated May 10 with the presentation of a new award and a benefit performance of Bye Bye Birdie by the Encores! company.
Karen Ziemba in Bye Bye Birdie
Karen Ziemba in Bye Bye Birdie Photo by Joan Marcus

The Fiorello H. LaGuardia Award for Distinguished Service to New York City and City Center will go to Stephen B. Siegel, global chairman of CB Richard Ellis. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Donna Murphy (of the Encores! Wonderful Town) will make the presentation at 7 PM.

The final performance of a five-day run of Bye Bye Birdie follows. In attendance will be Encores! Director in residence Kathleen Marshall, music director Rob Fisher, Birdie composer Charles Strouse, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, Gay Talese, novelist A.E. Hotchner, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow, and the stars of the new Birdie concert revival.

City Center, "with its unique neo-Moorish facade, was built in 1923 as a meeting hall for the members of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine," according to www.citycenter.org. "After it had reverted to City ownership, the building was saved from destruction by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and city council president Newbold Morris, who created Manhattan's first performing arts center: a 2,750-seat New York home for the best of theatre, music, and dance."