"Pipe Nights were established to honor an artist's contribution to society," said The Players executive director John Martello in a statement. "Audra is a shining example of talent and activism. We look forward to an evening celebrating her accomplishments."
McDonald will be the 100th recipient of such a night since 1901 and the first since 2010 (Sir Roger Moore). The black-tie event will begin with cocktails at 6 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM.
Expected guests include Lansbury (Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Blithe Spirit), four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell (Slapstick Tragedy, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Medea, Master Class), Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun), Porgy and Bess director Diane Paulus and Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon (Fences).
Pipe Nights began at The Players as a men's cigar evening. By 1936, Pipe Nights had evolved into testimonials honoring artists for their contributions to the American stage. Past recipients of Pipe Nights include Charlie Chaplin, John Barrymore, Frank Sinatra, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore and more.
The Players is located at 16 Gramercy Park South (East 20th Street off Park Avenue). Tickets are $150. For more information and tickets, call (212) 475-6116 or visit ThePlayersNYC.org.