The lineup for the evening's one-of-a-kind musical tribute — inspired by Peters' career in theatre, film and television – includes legends of Hollywood and Broadway Michael Douglas and Gloria Estefan; a bevy of Peters’ male co-stars, including Joel Grey (George M!), Norm Lewis (A Bed and A Chair), Tom Wopat (Annie Get Your Gun), Chip Zien (Into The Woods), John Dossett (Gypsy) and Ron Raines (Follies); Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia), Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway), Tony winner Debra Monk, Tammy Blanchard, Mara Davi and Jayne Houdyshell with special guest speaker, Tony-winning director and Drama League Directors Project alumna Diane Paulus.
A special tribute will be given by other members of the original cast of Dames at Sea alongside the cast of the current Broadway revival. Drama League Directors Project alumnus Joe Calarco directs.
The evening's entertainment is produced by Roger Danforth and Trevor Tamashiro.
“Since 1916, The Drama League has been honored to celebrate the career achievements of the great women of Broadway, including Helen Hayes, Katherine Cornell, Jessica Tandy, Ethel Merman, Barbara Cook, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, and many others,” Drama League executive director Gabriel Shanks said in an earlier statement. “To kick off our second century in this tradition, we could think of no one more perfect than Bernadette, who exemplifies the absolute best of what American musical theatre can be. What a pleasure it is to gather her friends, co-stars and colleagues for an unforgettable night celebrating her many triumphs.”
Funds raised by The Drama League Centennial Gala Honoring Bernadette Peters support The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists, including the award-winning Directors Project. For more information call (212) 244-9494 or visit the website at DramaLeague.org.
The Drama League of New York, since 1916, has been at the "forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs."