Scheduled to perform were Jason Danieley, Quentin Earl Darrington, Ramin Karimloo, Andy Karl, Marin Mazzie, Kenita Miller, Margo Seibert, Bobby Steggert and The Broadway Dreams Foundation Choir. Special guests include playwright Terrence McNally and lyricist Sheldon Harnick.
The production stage manager was Kimothy Cruse.
The Oscar Hammerstein Award, named in honor of the late lyricist, "recognizes significant lifetime achievement in musical theatre." Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Thomas Meehan, Barbara Cook, and Paul Gemignani.