Evan Pappas directed the tribute that was penned by Stephen Cole with musical direction by Steve Freeman. The evening promised selections from Wicked; "Glee"; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Candide; Promises, Promises; Annie; The Music Man; Steel Pier; A New Brain; The Apple Tree and more.
Among those that took part in the evening were Joel Grey, Laura Benanti, Beverly D'Angelo, Jamie deRoy, Rob Ashford, Donna Murphy, Andrew Lippa, Nick Jonas, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Marlo Thomas, Carole Shelley, Michelle Williams, B.D. Wong, Preston Bailey, Josh Young, plus original and current cast members from the Broadway musical Wicked.
Here's a look at some photos from the evening.
Broadway Honors Kristin Chenoweth at Starry Drama League Benefit
Other special guests included Colin Bradbury, Grasan Kingsberry (On A Clear Day) and announcer Bruce Barton with a special performance by seven actors chosen from NYC’s youth acting programs and productions: Martine Bowman (Tada! YouthTheater), Sofie Fusco (Tada! Youth Theater), Analia Heredia (Rosie’s Theater Kids), Petra Jevremov (Rosie’s Theater Kids), Andie Mechanic (The People in the Picture), Rachel Resheff (Mary Poppins) and Carly Rose Sonenclar (Wonderland).
The Gala, which featured a cocktail reception, a silent auction and a three-course meal, supported the educational initiatives of The Drama League Directors Project.
Since 1984, the Benefit Gala has honored "exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others," according to the Drama League.
Chenoweth won the Tony Award in 1999 for her performance in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She was nominated in 2004 for her performance in Wicked and has also been seen on Broadway in Steel Pier, Epic Proportions, The Apple Tree and Promises, Promises. The actress is also known for her film and television work and will soon be seen in the new ABC series "GCB." Her new CD, "Some Lessons Learned," arrived Sept. 13 on the Sony Masterworks label.
The Drama League was founded in 1916 as an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre's premiere service organization.