Boyd Gaines, Helen Hunt, Linda Lavin, Patti LuPone, Faith Prince Set for Juilliard Tribute to Mary Rodgers Guettel
By Andrew Gans
The Juilliard School will honor longtime Juilliard trustee and patron of the arts, and former Chair of the Juilliard Board, Mary Rodgers Guettel, with a gala evening, Hail Mary!, April 30 at 7 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
The black-tie evening will feature highlights from Guettel’s career as a composer, lyricist, author, producer, arts patron and trustee at Juilliard.
The evening will begin at 7 PM with a gala performance with guest artists Alan Alda, Jamie Bernstein, Boyd Gaines, Sheldon Harnick, Helen Hunt, Linda Lavin, Patti LuPone, Faith Prince, and others, led by music director and alumnus Lee Musiker. Performances by Juilliard’s actors, dancers and musicians (classical and jazz) and the Juilliard Orchestra will also be featured.
The evening continues with a dinner in the Tent at Lincoln Center in Damrosch Park at 8:30 PM, followed by dancing with The Peter Duchin Orchestra.
Proceeds from the evening will help support Juilliard student scholarships; 90 percent of Juilliard’s actors, dancers and musicians need such financial assistance to attend.
Mary Guettel served as Chairman of Juilliard’s Board of Trustees from 1994-2011, helping to lead the planning and first two years of the successful $100 million Campaign for Juilliard. The daughter of Broadway composer and Juilliard alumnus Richard Rodgers, she is also an acclaimed composer (Once Upon a Mattress, Free to Be…You and Me), author ("Freaky Friday," "The Rotten Book") and lyricist ("Captain Kangaroo" theme). Guettel is vice president of the Rodgers Family Foundation, a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and the Board of Trustees of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, which has presented many Juilliard artists in performance.
To purchase benefit dinner tables and performance tickets beginning at $10,000, contact Anita Hall at Buckley Hall Events at (914) 579-1000. Single table and performance tickets are available from $1,000 - $5,000.
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