By Andrew Gans
04 Mar 2013
|Photo by Andrew Eccles|
The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM and entertainment at 8:30 PM.
Douglas Carter Beane hosts the entertainment portion of the evening, which features performances by Bernadette Peters (accompanied by Marvin Laird), Zoe Caldwell and the cast of Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!; the latter will perform a new piece written by Gerard Alessandrini for TKTS’ 40th anniversary. Carl Andress directs.
The Gala Chair is TDF Trustee Wendy Davies. Honorary Chairs for the event are Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Jackman and Zoe Caldwell, all who are long-time supporters of Phil Smith and TKTS. Each also has a long association with The Shubert Organization having performed many shows in Shubert theatres.
Currently the Chairman and Co-Chief Executive of The Shubert Organization, Philip J. Smith formerly served as President of The Shubert Organization from 1996 to 2008. He began his career more than 50 years ago as a box-office treasurer. During his rise to Vice President and Executive Vice President, Smith worked closely with the late Bernard B. Jacobs, President, and the late Gerald Schoenfeld, Chairman, the executive team who led The Shubert Organization starting in the early 1970's. Philip J. Smith's innovations during his career have included computerization of all Shubert box offices and the development of Telecharge, the industry's most successful system for purchasing tickets. Smith sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors and on the Tony Awards Administration Committee of The League of American Theatres and Producers. He is an active Board member for two of the theatre's favorite charitable institutions, The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Smith also currently serves as the 1st Vice President of The Actors Fund. He is a member of the Knights of Malta and the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In recognition of his contributions to the theatre, Smith was honored with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2011.
The Edison Ballroom is Located at 240 West 47th Street. For tickets and additional information, go to www.tdf.org/gala, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 912-9770, ext. 340.