Broadway’s 21-time Tony Award-winning director and producer Harold Prince will be the primary honoree at Manhattan Theatre Club’s October 23 Fall Benefit concert and gala in New York City.
Richard Maltby will direct the evening, which will include performances by actors from throughout Prince’s six-decade career, including Jason Alexander, Joel Grey, Norm Lewis, Laura Linney, Marin Mazzie, producer Jeffrey Seller, and members of the cast of MTC’s Prince of Broadway, which celebrates Prince’s works.
The event will take place at 583 Park Avenue (63rd Street and Park Avenue) in Manhattan.
Prince has been a longtime friend to Manhattan Theatre Club. In addition to co-directing Prince of Broadway, he staged MTC’s LoveMusik in 2007, and served on MTC's board of directors 2006–2013.
His other Broadway directing credits include the original productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Evita, She Loves Me, Cabaret, Zorba, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, On the Twentieth Century, Merrily We Roll Along, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Parade.
Prince produced the original productions of The Pajama Game; Damn Yankees; New Girl in Town; West Side Story; Fiorello!; Tenderloin; Flora, the Red Menace; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Fiddler on the Roof.
He is a trustee for the New York Public Library and previously served on the National Council on the Arts for the NEA. In addition to his 21 Tony Awards, Prince earned a Kennedy Center Honor and a National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton for a career in which “he changed the nature of the American musical."
The creative team for the gala includes Steve Brady (lighting design), Dan Gearhard (sound design), and James Sampliner (musical director). The stage management team is James Fitzsimmons and Jereme Kyle Lewis.
Tables and individual tickets, which include cocktails, dinner, and the tribute, are now on sale. Individual tickets are on sale at the $3,000, $2,500, and $2,000 levels. Tables are available at the $30,000, $25,000, and $20,000 levels. To order, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.org, or call (212) 399-3000 x 4244.
Proceeds from the event will support MTC’s mission as a non-profit theatre company producing contemporary plays on and Off-Broadway, nurturing new talent through its Artistic Development Program, and developing the next generation of theatregoers and theatre makers through its Education Program.
Norm Lewis and Marin Mazzie have been special guest performers on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Laura Osnes, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky.
Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.