Harry Connick, Jr., David Alan Grier, Mariska Hargitay, Kate Mulgrew Set for NCTF's Chairman's Awards Gala
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award nominee Harry Connick, Jr. will be among the honorees at the National Corporate Theatre Fund's annual Chairman's Awards Gala, Funding New American Theatre, April 30 at New York City's Pierre Hotel.
Tony nominee David Alan Grier, who currently stars in Broadway's Porgy and Bess, will emcee the black-tie event, which includes a silent auction, cocktails, entertainment and dinner.
The evening, which will also honor Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Play House and CEO & chairman of Ernst & Young James S. Turley, celebrates individuals and institutions who have made significant contributions to the national theatre community. The gala will also raise funds for NCTF member theatres in the U.S.
"NCTF supports national theatre utilizing innovative partnerships with companies, individuals and artists to enhance the cultural lives of our communities," said NCTF executive director Bruce E. Whitacre in a statement. "Our honorees reflect that innovation and vision by combining theatre with other endeavors: economic development, medicine, cultivating a people-oriented professional culture, and bringing the heart and soul of jazz to Broadway."
Emmy award winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU") will present Connick, Jr. with NCTF's Theatre Artist Award; Kate Mulgrew (Equus) will present the Cleveland Play House with the Achievement in Theatre Award; and Joe Dowling, director of the Guthrie Theater, will present Turley with the NCTF Leadership Award. Cleveland Clinic is the evening's institutional honoree.
Connick, Jr., who was last seen on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Pajama Game. He also received a Tony nomination for Original Score for his work on Thou Shalt Not. For more on Connick, Jr.'s theatrical history, visit the Playbill Vault.
National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to "sustaining America's finest not-for-profit theatres, on the stage and in the community, through innovative partnerships with companies, individuals and artists."
The Pierre Hotel is located at 2 East 61st Street. For more information, call (212) 750-6895, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nctf.org.
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