Donna Murphy, Cheyenne Jackson, Laura Benanti, Elaine Paige and More Will Be Part of Drama League Salute to Kristin Chenoweth

By Andrew Gans
January 11, 2012

The 28th Annual Drama League Benefit Gala, which is entitled A Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth, will be held Feb. 6 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.



The evening will include a musical tribute performed by dozens of stars from the stage and screen. Participants are currently scheduled to include Tony winner Joel Grey, Tony winner Laura Benanti, Olivier winner Elaine Paige, Tony winner Donna Murphy, Cheyenne Jackson, Tony winner Debra Monk, Andrew Lippa, Marlo Thomas, Brent Barrett, Tony winner Carole Shelley, Josh Young, David Elder, Marni Nixon, Jason Graae, Eden Espinosa, Kevin Clash from “Sesame Street,” plus original and current cast members from the Broadway musical Wicked.

The evening’s special all-star tribute will be directed by Evan Pappas, produced by Drama League artistic director Roger T. Danforth, with book by Stephen Cole and musical direction by Steve Freeman. Attendees can expect to hear selections from Wicked, “Glee,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Candide; Promises, Promises; Annie; The Music Man; Steel Pier; A New Brain; The Apple Tree and more.

The Gala, which features a cocktail reception, a silent auction and a three-course meal, supports the educational initiatives of The Drama League Directors Project.

Since 1984, the Benefit Gala has honored "exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others," according to the Drama League.

Chenoweth won the Tony Award in 1999 for her performance in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She was nominated in 2004 for her performance in Wicked and has also been seen on Broadway in Steel Pier, Epic Proportions, The Apple Tree and Promises, Promises. The actress is also known for her film and television work and will soon be seen in the new ABC series "GCB."  Her new CD, "Some Lessons Learned," arrived Sept. 13 on the Sony Masterworks label.

For tickets, which begin at $750, call (212) 244-9494, ext. 27.

For more information visit dramaleague.org.

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The Drama League was founded in 1916 as an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre's premiere service organization.