Charlotte d'Amboise, Felicia Finley, Mara Davi Celebrate Catherine Zeta-Jones at Sept. 29 Dance Alliance Gala
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (Pippin), Felicia Finley (Mamma Mia!) and Mara Davi (A Chorus Line, "Smash") are among the performers celebrating Tony and Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones Sept. 29, when she receives the Ambassador for the Arts Award at the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation's Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
The evening of song and dance serves as a fundraiser for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, which, since 2010, has awarded $8.5 million in college scholarships to hundreds of student dancers across the country (and this year alone awarded $3.4 million).
Also set to perform are Joanne Borts (Once), Clifton Brown (Jessica Lange Dance), Luke Spring (A Christmas Story) and Adrienne Warren (Bring It On).
The Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala begins at 6 PM with a pre-show cocktail reception, and the awards gala will take place at 7:30 PM and includes performances from the Broadway and dance communities, as well as a special tribute to Zeta-Jones. A VIP after-party follows at 9 PM.
Zeta-Jones took home the Tony Award in 2010 for her performance in A Little Night Music and the Oscar in 2003 for her performance in the film adaptation of Chicago.
A limited number of tickets are available to public and can be purchased by phone at (855) 692-5678 or online at NYCDance.com. VIP tickets are priced at $350 (which includes pre- and post-show receptions and orchestra seating for the gala); additional tickets are priced at $175 (which includes a ticket to the pre-show reception and a seat to the gala) and $50 (for a balcony seat to the gala).
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