PHOTO CALL: Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Jane Krakowski, Laura Osnes, Alan Cumming and More at Roundabout Spring Gala
By Matthew Blank
Roundabout Theatre Company presented its annual 2013 spring gala, A Celebration of Your Favorites, emceed by Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret), March 11 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
The evening celebrated the company's artistic achievements under artistic director Todd Haimes' 30 years of leadership as well as the future ahead.
Lonny Price directed a musical tribute featuring leading ladies from previous Roundabout productions: Laura Benanti (Nine), Jane Krakowski (Nine), Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Laura Osnes (Anything Goes). They each sang the show-stopping numbers from Roundabout productions in which they starred as well as a set of favorites. Musical direction was by Paul Gemignani.
The evening also featured a special appearance from LaChanze (The Color Purple) and Charlotte d'Amboise (Company).
A Celebration of Your Favorites began at 7 PM with dinner and a live auction, followed by the musical performance at 9 PM. Leadership ticket buyers were also invited to a private cocktail party with guest artists and other entertainment VIPs at 6 PM.
Scheduled to appear at the gala were Roundabout Theatre Company's Haimes (artistic director), Harold Wolpert (managing director) and Julia Levy (executive director) as well as Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Maggie Grace, Carla Gugino, Victor Garber, Cynthia Nixon, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Michael Cerveris, Jim Dale, Becky Ann Baker, Polly Bergen, Reed Birney, Walter Bobbie, Danny Burstein, Margaret Colin, John Cullum, Olympia Dukakis, Gregg Edelman, Santino Fontana, John Glover, Sam Gold, Joshua Harmon, Rosemary Harris, Doug Hughes, William Ivey Long, Kathleen Marshall, Joe Masteroff, John McMartin, Debra Monk, David Rabe, Theresa Rebeck, Ron Rifkin, Richard Thomas, Alex Timbers, John Weidman, Michael Wilson and Mare Winningham.
The event featured scenic design by Anna Louizos, lighting by Ken Billington, costumes by Carmen Marc Valvo and sound by Acme Sound Partners.
All proceeds from this event benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Musical Theatre Fund and Education programs.
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."
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