The fourth annual gala for the National Corporate Theatre Fund will happen May 15, with actress Lauren Bacall, producer Daryl Roth and CEO Matthew C. Blank the honorees at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Bacall, best known for such films as "Key Largo" and "The Fan" and a stage star in Applause and Woman of the Year, is currently back on Broadway in Waiting in the Wings. She'll receive NCTF's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Author-actor Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Safe Sex) will host the event.
Theatre Professional Award winner Roth's credits include Wit and De La Guarda. Blank, receiving the Corporate Award, is the Chief Executive Officer of Showtime Networks Inc., which has filmed such theatrical offerings as Twelve Angry Men.
Theatres comprising the National Corporate Theatre Fund are KY's Actors Theatre of Louisville, CA's American Conservatory Theatre, MA's ART, OH's Cleveland Playhouse, IL's Goodman Theatre, MN's Guthrie Theatre, CT's Long Wharf Theatre, CA's Old Globe Theatre, WA's Seattle Rep, CA's Mark Taper Forum and RI's Trinity Rep. Founded in 1978, the fund helps non-profit theatre executives raise contributions and investments. Last year's NCTF winners were Stockard Channing (Theatre Artist Award), Rocco Landesman of Jujamcyn (Theatre Professional Award) and Raymond Boyce of Joseph Seagram & Sons (Corporate Award). Edward Asner hosted.
For tickets ($1,000 per person) and information on the gala call (212) 888-7003.
-- By David Lefkowitz