The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Jones' career in theatre, film and television, supports The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.
“As he is proving eight times a week at the Longacre Theatre in You Can’t Take It With You, James Earl Jones is a national treasure,” said executive director Shanks in a statement. “The Drama League is honored to celebrate his extraordinary life and career with him on February 2nd, and to bring together his many co-stars, friends, admirers and collaborators from the last six decades, all in one very spectacular night.”
The Musical Celebration of Broadway will feature dozens of stars from film, television and theatre, and will highlight shows from Jones' illustrious theatrical triumphs, including You Can’t Take it With You, Fences, Master Harold...and the Boys, The Great White Hope, Othello, Driving Miss Daisy, "Field Of Dreams," "Gabriel’s Fire," "The Lion King" and the "Star Wars" trilogy, among others. Roger T. Danforth and Trevor Tamashiro will produce the musical performance.
Jones joins a noted roster of past Drama League Honorees, including Neal Patrick Harris, Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chita Rivera, Rosie O’Donnell and Terrence McNally.
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