Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Boyd Gaines and Richard Gere Star in March 12 Gala Celebrating Rob Marshall
By Kenneth Jones
Golden Globe Award winner Richard Gere, star of the Rob Marshall film "Chicago," and two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters are on the list of performers honoring director and choreographer Marshall at Roundabout Theatre Company's annual 2012 Spring Gala on March 12.
The benefit celebrates Academy Award, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Marshall, who has roots in RTC productions. His sister, Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), directs and choreographs a 9 PM musical tribute hosted by Martin Short, with performances by Peters, Gere, Christine Baranski, Boyd Gaines, Victor Garber, Donna Murphy and Kelli O'Hara.
The March 12 Spring Gala at the Hammerstein Ballroom is called From Screen to Stage. Rob Marshall came to national prominence working on the musicals She Loves Me, Company, Little Me and the Tony Award-winning Cabaret. He moved on to TV and motion pictures, directing and choreographing the Oscar-winning film musical "Chicago," and directing "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Nine," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and the TV movie "Annie."
Roundabout will present the Jason Robards Award for Theatrical Excellence to Marshall at the Spring Gala. Musical direction and arrangements for the evening are by David Krane.
Roundabout's Spring Gala includes drinks, dinner and a live auction, followed by a special musical tribute to Marshall. ("Leadership ticket buyers" are also invited to a private VIP cocktail party with guest artists and other entertainment VIPs at 6 PM.)
Celebrities and artists expected to attend include Jane Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Blair Brown, Matt Cavenaugh, Margaret Colin, Kristin Chenoweth, Jim Dale, Gordon Edelstein, Nora Ephron, Katie Finneran, Santino Fontana, Alexander Gemignani, Paul Gemignani. Joanna Gleason, Sam Gold, Carla Gugino, Joel Grey, Jessica Hecht, Jayne Houdyshell, Doug Hughes, Marin Ireland, Cherry Jones, John Kander, Carol Kane, Steve Kazee, Jane Krakowski, LaChanze, James Lapine, William Ivey Long, Joe Masteroff, Michael McGrath, John McMartin, Debra Monk, Martha Plimpton, David Rabe, Lily Rabe, Phylicia Rashad, Theresa Rebeck, Sherie Rene Scott, John Slattery, Alex Timbers, Tony Walton and Maury Yeston.
The benefit features a public online auction featuring "several unique items including vacation packages, rare wines, VIP sports tickets, exquisite meals, and some classic Roundabout memorabilia."
The auction continues until 9 PM March 13. Bids can be placed at http://www.biddingforgood.com/roundabouttheatre/gala2012.
All proceeds from the benefit support Roundabout's Musical Theatre Fund.
Ticket prices for the Gala are:
$1,500 Benefactor Single Ticket (includes dinner and the musical performance).
$2,500 Underwriter Single Ticket (includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, priority seating at the dinner and the musical performance).
$3,500 Celebrity Circle Single Ticket (includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, and VIP seating at the dinner and the musical performance).
$5,000 Producer's Circle Single Ticket (includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, and front row seating at the dinner and the musical performance).
The Hammerstein Ballroom is at 311 W. 34th Street in Manhattan.
To purchase tickets to Roundabout's 2012 Spring Gala contact Natalie Corr, Special Events Associate, at (212) 719-9393. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/gala.htm.
Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre "dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices." Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.
RTC operates three theatres on Broadway and two theatres Off-Broadway.
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