Held at the National Arts Club, the evening begins with cocktails at 6 PM, followed by a 7 PM performance celebrating Menken's life and career in the theatre. Sheldon Harnick and Maury Yeston are the honorary chairs for the event.
The evening promises performances and recollections by Ziemba ( Contact, Curtains), Burgess ( The Little Mermaid), Yeston ( Nine, Grand Hotel) and Mendez ( Dogfight), as well as Tony-winning Newsies lyricist Jack Feldman; Tony-nominated Sister Act and Leap of Faith lyricist Glenn Slater; on Raines ( Follies); and Klea Blackhurst and Jason Graae.
The music director/pianist is Beth Ertz, who will be joined by John Miller on bass.
Alan Menken has earned eight Academy Awards, ten Grammys, seven Golden Globes and a 2012 Tony Award for Newsies. His works for the stage include Sister Act, A Leap of Faith, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Weird Romance and A Christmas Carol.
Menken's Academy Award-winning compositions include "Under the Sea" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "A Whole New World" from " Aladdin," the title song from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas." His screen musicals also include " Newsies," "Hercules," "Enchanted" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" which was later adapted for the stage. All tickets are $350.00. For tickets phone (718) 398-4675. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South.