Shubert Organization's Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel Honored As Living Landmarks Today | Playbill

News Shubert Organization's Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel Honored As Living Landmarks Today
Broadway impresarios Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel of The Shubert Organization are being celebrated as Living Landmarks by The New York Landmarks Conservancy Nov. 5.

Smith and Wankel are being honored along with financier and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, business executives and philanthropists Brooke and Daniel Neidich, Stem Cell Foundation pioneer Susan Solomon and Bard Graduate Center founder Susan Weber at the 22nd Living Landmark Celebration, which is being held at The Plaza in Manhattan. The evening begins with cocktails at 7 PM.

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Living Landmark Paul Binder hosts the event; music is provided by Living Landmark Peter Duchin and his Orchestra. Living Landmarks Daryl and Jordan Roth are Honorary Co-Chairs for the evening. Special presenters include Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Bernadette Peters and Joel Grey. Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy, according to press notes, "honors distinguished New Yorkers from all professions as 'Living Landmarks' for their contributions to the City. The Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to celebrating, preserving and protecting the iconic buildings and diverse neighborhoods that define this vibrant and extraordinary City. The Conservancy is the only private organization that provides both financial and technical support in this effort."

Tickets for the gala start at $1,000; tables start at $10,000. You can also contact Jenna Smith (212) 995-5260 or email her at

Serving on the Celebration Committee are Daniel Boulud, Robert Caro, Michael Christensen, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman and Lewis Cullman, Clive Davis, David Dinkins, Barbara Goldsmith, Robert Grossman, William vanden Heuvel, A.E. Hotchner, John Kander, Ray Kelly, Arie Kopelman, Peter Malkin, Mary McFadden, Philippe de Montebello, James L. Nederlander, James M. Nederlander, Phyllis Newman, Mitch Rosenthal, Amy and Howard Rubenstein. Smith is Chairman of The Shubert Organization, Inc.; Wankel is President.

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