Liza Minnelli to Host Kennedy Center Gala; Esparza, McArdle to Perform

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Tony and Academy Award winner Liza Minnelli will host the 18th annual Kennedy Center Spring Gala, which will be held May 2 at 8:30 PM in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli Photo by Rick Day

Entitled A Man for All Seasons, the evening will honor the late Roger L. Stevens, founding chairman of the Kennedy Center, founding chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and executive producer of more than 200 Broadway shows.

The annual event will include performances or appearances by Jane Alexander, members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Elizabeth Ashley, Harolyn Blackwell, Raúl Esparza, Elmore James, Judith Light, Andrea McArdle and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

In 1961 Roger L. Stevens was asked by President Kennedy to help establish the National Cultural Center, which years later would be named in honor of the 35th president. A theatrical producer for Broadway and the West End, he has produced or co-produced more than 200 plays, including West Side Story, Bus Stop, A Man for All Seasons, Tea and Sympathy, Deathtrap, First Monday in October and Mary, Mary. He brought to the stage such writers as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, T.S. Eliot, Tom Stoppard, Jean Giraudoux, Arthur Kopit and Friedrich Durrenmatt.

The black-tie evening begins with a reception on the River Terrace at 5 PM followed by dinner on the Roof Terrace level at 6 PM. The Gala performance begins at 8:30 PM in the Concert Hall. The evening concludes with 'Til Midnight, a cocktails and dancing party, in the Roof Terrace Restaurant.

The annual Kennedy Center Spring Gala provides funding to support the Center’s performances, education and outreach initiatives.

To inquire about VIP packages and the gala events surrounding the performance, e-mail or call (202) 416-8338. Concert-only tickets are $35-$125 and can be purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. For more information visit

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