National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) and Chairman James S. Turley led a celebration to support American theatre at the annual Chairman’s Awards Gala on April 13th at The Pierre New York. The Chairman’s Awards Gala supports the creation of theatrical works and arts education at theatres across America. Kevin Duda (Beautiful), who performed in the starry evening, shared an atypical day in the life of a Broadway performer.
"Jason Michael Snow and I are honored that we were again asked to write the Opening Number for the National Corporate Theatre Fund Gala this year. We love writing for the NCTF crowd, because no matter if they work in the corporate world or the theater world, they’re all fans of the art form."
"Like last year, we wrote an original opening number that combined the subjects of this year's honorees: DeWitt Stern, The Long Wharf Theater Company and Michael C. Hall. We cast some of our favorite folks: Natalie Charle Ellis, EJ Zimmerman, Andrew Brewer and Julius Thomas III and were honored to work with Tony Nominee Christiane Noll, who played GOD!! Well, sort of."
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The evening's master of ceremony was Tony Nominee Bryce Pinkham. The event included performances by Tony Award Winner and Grammy Award Nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots), Tony Nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys), Natalie Charle Ellis (Les Misérables), Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon) Julius Thomas III (Motown, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess) and John Douglas Thompson (The Iceman Cometh, Satchmo at the Waldorf).
Michael C. Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) was honored with the Theatre Artist Award, Jolyon F. Stern and DeWitt Stern received the Corporate Leadership Award, and Long Wharf Theatre, in honor of its 50th Anniversary, received the 50 Years of Achievement in Theatre Award.