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Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce, who can currently be seen Off-Broadway in A Life and will be seen later this season on Broadway in the forthcoming revival of Hello, Dolly!, is the honoree of the Drama League’s 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway November 7 at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue) in New York City.

Celebrating Pierce’s career in theatre, film, and television, the black-tie gala features stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a musical tribute supporting The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.

Performers for the evening include F. Murray Abraham, Kate Baldwin, Sierra Boggess, John Bolton, Tyne Daly, Lea DeLaria, Christopher Durang, Peri Gilpin, Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert, Adam Kantor, Michael McGrath, Debra Monk, Kristine Nielsen, Bebe Neuwirth, Billy Porter, Daryl Roth, and Christopher Sieber.

Drama League Directors Project alumnus Shelley Butler (It Shoulda Been You) directs.

The musical celebration is produced by Drama League associate producer Travis LeMont Ballenger. The creative team includes Rob Urbanati (writer), Joyce Chittick (choreographer), David Evans (music director), Samantha Saltzman (associate producer/director), Melissa M. Spengler (production stage manager), Nick Kolin (lighting), Mike Tracey (sound), Whitney Locher (costume), and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (Drama League executive artistic director).

“Since 1916, The Drama League has been honored to celebrate the career achievements of great theatrical artists,” stated Drama League executive artistic director Stelian-Shanks in an earlier statement. “To kick off our second century in this tradition, we could think of no one more perfect than David, who exemplifies the absolute best of what American theatre can be. What a pleasure it is to gather his friends, co-stars and colleagues for an unforgettable night celebrating his many triumphs, and his return to Broadway this season.”

For ticket information call (212) 244-9494, ext. 101 or visit dramaleague.org.


The Drama League of New York, since 1916, has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs.

(Updated November 7, 2016)

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