Westport Playhouse to Present The Full McNally: A Celebration of the Writing and Works of Terrence McNally

The Westport Country Playhouse will celebrate Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally during its Sept. 24 gala The Full McNally: A Celebration of the Writing and Works of Terrence McNally.

Tony Award winner Tyne Daly ( Master Class) and Richard Thomas ( Unusual Acts of Devotion) will co-host the event that begins with cocktails at 5:45 PM, followed by a 7 PM performance by Broadway stars. Dinner will follow at 8:30 PM.

Josh Rhodes ( Company in Concert, "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert") will direct the evening's entertainment. Mary-Mitchell Campbell ( Company, The Addams Family, Sweeney Todd) will be musical director.

Talent for the evening will be announced at a later date.

All proceeds will benefit Westport Country Playhouse and its work on stage, with schools and throughout the community.

"Terrence is the only truly great American playwright who has written successfully for the dramatic as well as the musical stage," Westport artistic director Mark Lamos said in a statement. "It's such an honor for us to be able to do this for him, especially since the co-hosts of the gala are two stars who have been influential in bringing Terrence's work to the stage in mesmerizing performances. ...Our revival last season of his Lips Together, Teeth Apart made us all the more eager to honor him with a line-up of fantastic Broadway talent." McNally earned Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion!, as well as the books to the musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. His works also include The Ritz; Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Deuce; Some Men; Corpus Christi; Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams; The Lisbon Traviata; The Rink; A Man of No Importance, Catch Me If You Can, The Visit; and The Full Monty. His new play And Away We Go will debut Off-Broadway next spring at the Pearl Theatre Company.

For more gala information or ticket purchases, contact Kathryn Gloor at (203) 227-5137, ext. 122, or email kgloor@westportplayhouse.org. Purchase gala tickets online at westportplayhouse.org/gala.