Theatre Development Fund Gala, Hosted by Tovah Feldshuh, Held March 3; Melissa Errico Among Performers
By Michael Gioia
Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) gala, celebrating the 35th season of TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), is held March 3 at The Edison Ballroom. Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, who recently starred as Berthe in the Tony-winning revival of Pippin, hosts.
Feld Entertainment, Inc. executive vice presidents Nicole Feld, Alana Feld and Juliette Feld are honored at the gala, which begins at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM and entertainment at 8:30 PM.
Tony Award nominee and recording artist Melissa Errico, who recently starred in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, is accompanied on piano by Tedd Firth; the program is directed by Donna Drake.
The entertainment program also includes performances by the singing string quartet Well-Strung (Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, Daniel Shevlin and Trevor Wadleigh) and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and husband-and-wife hand-balancing act Duo Fusion.
The 2014 Gala provides funds for TAP, and proceeds support the following programs and services: Access for Young Audiences (AYA), Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI), TAP Plus, Accessible Seating, Audio Description, Open Captioning, Sign Language Interpreting, and the National Theatre Accessibility Programs, which consist of National Open Captioning Initiative and National Autism Advisory Partnerships.
"When TDF originally launched its accessibility programs in 1979, it was created to help theatregoers with mobility issues gain easier access to the theatre," said Victoria Bailey, TDF's executive director, in a previous statement. "It is heartening that 35 seasons later TAP provides a variety of services in NYC and around the country from open captioned performances, audio described performances and autism-friendly performances, to help make theatre accessible to all. We’re thrilled to honor the Felds because they share the belief that live performance should be available to everyone."
Feld Entertainment, Inc. owns and produces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Feld Motorsports, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! TDF is working with Feld Entertainment on the autism-friendly performance of Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure, scheduled for April 19.
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