Patinkin and Gallagher, Jr. Will Be Part of Starry Breaking News! Benefit

News   Patinkin and Gallagher, Jr. Will Be Part of Starry Breaking News! Benefit Tony Award winners Mandy Patinkin and John Gallager, Jr. have joined the star studded line-up for Our Time Theatre's benefit, Breaking News!, honoring Grammy winner Bill Withers.

Gallagher, Jr. — who exited the Broadway company of Spring Awakening in December — will be reunited with 13 current cast members from the Broadway production for the April 14 Our Time benefit.

Gallagher, Jr. and Evita's Patinkin join a previously announced roster of talent including Lauren Ambrose, Talia Balsam, Howard Bingham, Nadia Dajani, Ned Eisenberg, Katrhyn Grody, Daryl Hall, Adriane Lenox, Tiffany McElroy, Kelli O'Hara, Jesse L. Martin, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Ramon Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Ed Sherin, John Slattery, Mary Testa, Callie Thorne, Sam Waterston and Bill Withers.

Our Time Theatre Company serves as the artistic home for young people who stutter. The New York-based Our Time Theatre Company offers its members classes in acting, singing, playwriting, drumming and dance, taught by professional artists. The annual benefit fundraiser continues to attract a host of celebrities in honor of its cause.

Penned by the young members of Our Time, Breaking News! will unite Our Time company members with actors from the Broadway community for the performances. Bill Withers, who stuttered as a youngster, will be the recipient of the 6th annual Our Time Award. Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates) and Withers will also perform as part of the gala evening.

Withers is a Grammy Award winner who has penned such songs as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Just the Two of Us" and performed the 1972 remake of "Lean on Me." Previous honorees include Peggy Lipton, Austin Pendleton, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Ken Roberson and Bob Love. Honorary chairs for the evening are Ricki Lake and Paul Rudd, with co-chairs Brandon Guidry, Elaine Sargent, Liz Tuccillo and Marcia Withers. Our Time's young company member Joseph Popovich, Jr. serves as the evening's host.

Breaking News! begins with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 PM at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The evening's entertainment begins at 7 PM to be followed by dinner.

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South. For tickets and more information, call (212) 414-9696 or visit www.ourtimetheatre.org.

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