World Science Festival Gala to Feature James Naughton, Debra Monk, Alan Alda and More

Alan Alda will host the 2012 World Science Festival's May 29 gala, A Performing Arts Salute to Science, featuring James Naughton and Debra Monk, at the Allen Room.

Alan Alda
Alan Alda (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

The 7:30 PM event, co-hosted by Alda and Columbia University physicist Brian Greene, features Broadway performers and classical artists.

Tony winners Naughton ( City of Angels, Chicago) and Monk ( Curtains, Steel Pier) will be joined by violinist Joshua Bell, David Hibbard ( Billy Elliott, Spamalot), Rose Hemingway ( How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Drew Gehling ( Jersey Boys, On A Clear Day...), Eryn Murman ( Spring Awakening), Paige Faure ( How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Abby O’Brien ( Pal Joey, Spamalot) and the Momix dance company.

In addition, the festival will also present the orchestral work Icarus at the Edge of Time, adapted by Brian Greene and Tony-Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang ( Chiglish, M. Butterfly) and featuring a score by Philip Glass. LeVar Burton ("Roots") will narrate the 7 PM performance on May 30 at the United Palace Theatre that is billed as "a stunning, full-orchestral work with animated film and live narration that brings a powerful modern twist to a classic myth, taking audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time, to the very edge of understanding."

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