Neil Patrick Harris will host the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala celebrating Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts May 5. The cultural institution celebrated its groundbreaking in May 1959.
A previously announced free block party May 4 kicks off the anniversary celebrations. The following day, the Gala will begin on Hearst Plaza with a dinner on the Grand Tier of The Metropolitan Opera House; the evening will then move to Alice Tully Hall for performances and an award presentation with dessert and dancing.
The event recognizes four families who have deeply impacted LCPA: the Audrey and Martin Gruss family, the Rockefeller family, the Daisy and Paul Soros family, and the Laurie M. Tisch family.
Harris played Bobby in the New York Philharmonic concert of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Lincoln Center. He won a Tony Award for his performance as the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and has hosted the Tony Awards four times since 2009.
LCPA has also announced a new Lincoln Center Artist Committee to offer guidance in the institution’s future projects. The inaugural roster of artists, each having signed on for two-year terms, consists of Emmy and Tony winner Christine Baranski, Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy-winning late night host Stephen Colbert, opera singer Denyce Graves, Emmy winner and Tony recipient John Leguizamo, Tony and Emmy winner John Lithgow, Tony winner Terrence McNally, Tony winner Kelli O'Hara, Tony nominee Laura Osnes, opera singer Eric Owens, New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, and former Ailey principal dancer and Complexions co-founder Desmond Richardson.