By Kenneth Jones
04 Apr 2013
Broadway's Laura Benanti, James Naughton, Kelli O'Hara, Rob McClure, Laura Osnes, Anthony Warlow and Donna Murphy were previously announced. Joining them will be Nick Adams, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Marilyn Maye, Leslie Uggams, Max von Essen and Betsy Wolfe.
The 7 PM Carnegie Hall performance, under the baton of music director Steve Reineke and hosted by Paula Zahn, will be followed by a black-tie 8:30 PM dinner dance at the Plaza Hotel.
Loesser is the composer-lyricist of many pop songs and Broadway and film scores (Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, How to Succeed… among them). Styne is the pop, Broadway and film composer known for Gypsy, Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and more.
Dena Kaye said in a statement, "I am thrilled and so very touched, that the New York Pops has chosen my father, Danny Kaye, to honor at their 30th Birthday at Carnegie Hall, as we continue a year-long tribute of the Danny Kaye Centennial. As my father was born and raised in New York, this is the perfect Celebration for a man who has brought his laughter and joy to generations through his talent as an actor, singer, dancer, conductor, comedian and humanitarian."
The New York Pops will also be joined by the Ronald McDonald House Rockin' the House Band and Chorus, Camp Broadway Kids and The New York Pops Salute to Music Students.
The gala celebration includes an online auction on CharityBuzz.com/NewYorkPops April 11-May 2, featuring items donated by the orchestra's many friends from the world of arts and entertainment. All gala and auction proceeds support the orchestra and its free education programs throughout New York City.
Single tickets for the concert-only are $62, $95 and $155. To purchase, call CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office in person at 57th Street and 7th Avenue or online at carnegiehall.org.
To support The New York Pops' Kids in the Balcony program, visit newyorkpops.org.
Tickets to the full gala evening range from $1,250 (for one concert ticket and dinner seating) to $50,000 (for a premier first tier box and dinner table for eight). For more information about the black-tie benefit dinner dance at The Plaza Hotel, call (212) 765-7677 or visit newyorkpops.org.
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by music director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs.