Encores! 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration to Feature Raúl Esparza, Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Tyne Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and More
By Andrew Gans
New York City Center will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Tony Award–winning Encores! series Nov. 12 with a Gala Benefit starring Raúl Esparza and Kelli O’Hara and featuring performers who have starred in Encores! productions over the past two decades.
Directed by Marc Bruni, the evening will also boast performances by Sarah Uriarte Berry, Walter Bobbie, Victoria Clark, Tyne Daly, Rob Fisher, Debbie Gravitte, Jared Grimes, Judy Kaye, Rebecca Luker, Rob McClure, Bebe Neuwirth, Megan Sikora and Daniel J. Watts. The artists will be accompanied by the Encores! Orchestra under the musical direction of Rob Berman.
The benefit will help fund New York City Center’s artistic and education programs.
The gala, honoring Stephanie and Fred Shuman, will begin at 6 PM with cocktails at City Center followed by the show at 7 PM and a post-performance dinner in The Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel (58th Street at 5th Avenue).
Gala co-chairs are Patricia and Jesse Lovejoy, Stacey and Eric Mindich, and Robin and Fred Seegal.
Show-only tickets are $30, $50 and $115 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org. Benefit tickets are available at $5,000; $2,500; $1,500 and $500 per person. Tables of 10 are available at $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000. For additional information and reservations, call (212) 763-1205.
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