John Waters to Host Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honoring Margo Lion

News   John Waters to Host Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honoring Margo Lion Tony Award-winning producer Margo Lion, whose productions have received 20 Tony Awards, will be honored at the Vineyard Theatre's annual gala, which will be held March 30, 2015.

Held at the Edison Ballroom, the event will be hosted by John Waters ("Cry-Baby," "Serial Mom").

Lion's productions have also garnered four Olivier Awards and one Pulitzer Prize. Her producing credits include The Heiress; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; and Jelly's Last Jam, among others. She is an adjunct professor and a member of the Dean's Council at the NYU Tisch School for the Arts, she serves on the Board of Directors of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and on the advisory boards of the Baltimore Young Women's Leadership School, The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts and PUBLICOLOR. In 2009 Margo Lion was selected by President Barack Obama to co-chair the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a position she continues to hold.

"We have long admired what Margo has accomplished in the theatre; from Jelly's Last Jam to Angels in America to Hairspray, and many more, she has been responsible for bringing some of the most groundbreaking plays and musicals of the past three decades to the stage," artistic director Sarah Stern said in a statement. "We are delighted to be celebrating her in what promises to be a very fun evening, featuring renowned artists and collaborators from the extraordinary works she has produced."

The Gala performance will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening). Performers will be announced at a later date.

Vineyard board member Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America) and producer Amanda Lipitz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde) are the Gala co-chairs. Tickets can be purchased by emailing development@vineyardtheatre.org or calling (212) 353-3366, ext. 242.