Joe Lanteri directs the gala event that will honor Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack with the NYCDAF's First Ambassador for the Arts Award.
The evening will be a "celebration of the eclectic nature of song and dance" and feature performances from the cast of Billy Elliot, Lin-Manuel Miranda with former In the Heights cast members, Desmond Richardson (Fosse, Movin' Out), former Alvin Ailey dancer Clifton Brown and Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away, Movin' Out).
A private college scholarship audition will be held in conjunction with the event July 31, and $50,000 in college scholarships will be awarded at the Bright Lights! Shining Stars! gala. The evening also includes celebrity appearances and a red-carpet cocktail reception and after-party.