Second Stage's 37th anniversary gala celebration will honor producer David Stone and his 12-year relationship with the Off-Broadway theatre. The May 2 evening at Cipriani 42nd St. will be directed by James Lapine, with performers to be announced at a later date.
Committed to nurturing new works, Stone is behind the theatre's acclaimed Broadway transfers of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. He also produced the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Dogfight at the Off-Broadway venue.
"Over the past twelve years, David Stone has been a dedicated supporter, an insightful collaborator, and most importantly, a loyal friend to me and Second Stage Theatre, and we are thrilled to celebrate our ongoing relationship with him at our spring gala," said Second Stage Theatre artistic director Carole Rothman in a press statement. "Anyone who knows David knows he shuns the spotlight, so I am doubly excited that he has agreed to let us put him center stage and celebrate his remarkable career for one special night, featuring the many incredible artists he has nurtured."
The gala's honorary chair will be James M. Nederlander, and the co-chairs will be Marc Platt, Patrick Catullo and Nancy Coyne.
Stone is also the producer of Broadway's Wicked, If/Then and Man of La Mancha, among others.
Tables for the evening start at $15,000 and tickets are from $1,500. To purchase and for more information, call the Second Stage events office on (212) 787-8302, ext.118.