Diane Sawyer will present Iger, who has served on Lincoln Center's board of directors for over 12 years, with the Lincoln Center Laureate Award. The black-tie gala will feature the musical catalogue of Disney's most popular films performed by the 65-member Orchestra of St. Luke's. Grammy Award winner and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams will host the evening and perform in a line-up of talent that also includes Michael Bolton (who will perform “Go the Distance” from the movie "Hercules"), soprano Angela M. Brown, Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing), Jane Krakowski (Grand Hotel, Nine) and jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.
Also scheduled to appear is composer Alan Menken, who will perform a medley of his works from Disney film and stage musicals. The Little Mermaid's musical supervisor Michael Kosarin will musical direct the evening, which will feature direction by Peter Flynn (Actors' Fund Chess, Funny Girl) and choreography from Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Sunday in the Park with George).
Single tickets for the gala begin at $1,500, with additional packages and support available. Proceeds from the annual gala fund programming for the 400 performances produced by Lincoln Center each year.
The April 9 gala begins at 6 PM with cocktails and the presentation of the Lincoln Center Laureate Award, to be followed by a 7 PM performance and 8:30 PM dinner in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. For tickets phone (212) 875-5461.