PHOTO CALL: Kate Baldwin, Harriet Harris, Jim Dale, Boyd Gaines at Acting Company's Ruby Ball
By Matthew Blank
The Acting Company's 40th anniversary Ruby Ball was held Dec. 3 at Capitale. James Houghton (founding artistic director of the Signature Theatre and the Richard Rodgers Director of Juilliard's Drama Division) and Earl Weiner (board chairman of both The Acting Company and Theatre Development Fund) were among the evening's honorees.
The evening, which began at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception, is hosted by Jim Dale and included a performance from Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow, Giant) and Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella).
Houghton received the John Houseman Award for his "profound commitment to developing American actors and building a diverse audience for the theatre." The award has been previously presented to James Bundy, Bernard Gersten, Jack O’Brien, Joe Papp, Harold Prince, Marian Seldes and Tony Randall, among others.
Weiner received the Warburg Humanitarian Award for his "outstanding philanthropic endeavor and leadership." Previous recipients include Harry Belafonte, Martin Segal, Tom Viola, Gerald Schoenfeld, Phyllis Newman, William Zabel and Abigail Disney.
Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella) and Dr. Kate Levin presented the awards.
Also scheduled to attend were Thomas Kean, record producer Clive Davis, director-choreographer Susan Stroman, TV personality Pia Lindstrom, composer Mary Rodgers Guettel, The Broadway League's Charlotte St. Martin, Lark Mason, Tony-winning director John Rando (A Christmas Story, Urinetown), Tony winner Boyd Gaines (Gypsy, Contact, An Enemy of the People), Roslyn Ruff (Fences), David Schramm (Finian's Rainbow), Tony nominee Lois Smith (The Grapes of Wrath), Tony nominee Dana Ivey (Sunday in the Park With George), composer Jeanine Tesori, producer Edgar Lansbury and director Michael Wilson.
The Acting Company was founded by Oscar winner John Houseman and current Acting Company producer Margot Harley in 1972 and received a 2003 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. The Company will present Of Mice and Men Dec. 4-8 at Baruch Performing Arts Center and As You Like It at the New Victory Theater in March 2013, as part of its 40th national tour.
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