Juilliard Tribute to Mary Rodgers Guettel Adds Donna Murphy, Mary Louise Wilson and More
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winners Donna Murphy and Mary Louise Wilson and Tony nominee Laura Linney have joined the Juilliard School's April 30 gala tribute to Mary Rodgers Guettel.
The 7 PM event at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater includes performances and appearances by Murphy, Wilson and Linney, as well as the previously announced Jamie Bernstein, Boyd Gaines, Helen Hunt and Faith Prince.
The black-tie evening promises highlights from Guettel’s career as a composer, lyricist, author, producer, arts patron and trustee at Juilliard.
Performances by Juilliard’s actors, dancers and musicians (classical and jazz) and the Juilliard Orchestra will also be featured. It is directed by Stephen Wadsworth, with music director Eric Stern and associate music director Lee Musiker.
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 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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