MTC's Starry Spring Gala Raises $1.3 Million

News   MTC's Starry Spring Gala Raises $1.3 Million
Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove announced that their 2007 Spring Gala raised over $1.3 million for the not-for-profit troupe.

MTC produces contemporary plays and musicals on three stages: two Off-Broadway spaces in City Center (Blackbird is on Stage I there) and at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre (currently the home of LoveMusik).

The star-studded gala show May 7 was hosted by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Allison Janney and included a special appearance by famed director Harold Prince.

The show included numbers from this season's Broadway musicals, including appearances by the cast of A Chorus Line performing "One," Raul Esparza singing "Marry Me a Little" from Company, Donna Murphy singing "Surabaya Johnny" and Michael Cerveris singing "It Never Was You" from MTC's LoveMusik, the cast of Legally Blonde performing "Bend and Snap," the cast of In the Heights performing "In the Heights" and members of the cast of Spring Awakening singing "The Bitch of Living."

Proceeds from this event will support MTC's work in the development of new plays and musicals, as well as its Education Program.

The auction alone raised $78,000. A walk-on role in the film version of "Doubt" went for $13,000, VIP tickets to Fashion Week went for $3,000, and people won getaways to Deer Valley, Utah, the Dominican Republic and the exclusive members-only Skibo Castle in Scotland. The co-chairs of the event were David C. Hodgson, General Atlantic LLC, and Jeffrey A. Sine, UBS Investment Bank. Vice-chairs were Scott M. Delman, Joseph H. Gleberman, Goldman, Sachs and Co., Matthew McKenna, Pepsi Co., and Susan and Peter J. Solomon.

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