Max von Essen and Tyler Maynard Will Co-Host Column Awards; Donna McKechnie to Perform

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The 2011 Column Awards, which honor excellence in theatre within the Dallas-Fort Metroplex, will be held March 14 at the Carpenter Hall Theater at the Irving Arts Center.

Max von Essen
Max von Essen

Broadway's Max von Essen and Tyler Maynard will co-host the evening, which will feature a special appearance by Tony winner Donna McKechnie.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 7 PM followed by the 8 PM awards ceremony.

Executive drector/producer John Garcia said in a statement, "We've had such illuminating and incredible celebrities attend our past galas. But to have this kind of guest star line up surpassed my wildest dreams. I've met all three of them before and even shared a scene with Max in the national tour of Xanadu when it came to Dallas. What will ante up the fun is that Max & Tyler are actually good friends, so the stage chemistry and their humor will be the icing on the cake. . .But to have one of the greatest stars of the Broadway stage like Donna McKechnie attending, words cannot express my exhilaration and honor of having her grace our gala. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that the original Cassie will be at the Column Awards! Who on earth could ever dream that happening?!"

All three stars will perform a musical number during the evening.

The gala also  benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

For ticket information visit For more information and for list of nominees, visit

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