An all-star roster including Audra McDonald, Tina Fey, Jennifer Hudson, Wayne Brady, Chasten Buttigieg, Samuel L. Jackon, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and Amber Riley, will take part in the Educational Theatre Foundation's Theatre Alive! virtual gala, supporting their efforts to increase access to theatre education in schools nationwide. Hosted by Nia Vardalos and John Stamos, the event will include performances from both Broadway professionals and current high school students. Theatre Alive! will stream for free on Playbill January 28 beginning at 8:15 PM ET.
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Kenny Leon and The Shubert Organization will receive honors during the gala. Samuel L. Jackson and Latanya Richardson Jackson will present Leon with the second annual Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award in recognition of his dedication to promoting and preserving the joy of theatre, inspiring young artists, and leaving a lasting impact on generations to come; producer Neil Meron will present The Shubert Organization with the Standing Ovation Award, which will be accepted by Shubert Organization Chairman and CEO Robert E. Wankel.
Presenting sponsors for Theatre Alive! include Playbill, Apples and Oranges Arts, Broadway on Demand, The Diller – Von Furstenberg Family Foundation, and iHeartRadio Broadway. AMDA, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, NBC Entertainment, Concord Theatricals, Nancy & Kenneth Duffy, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Licensing, Open Jar Studios, Mark Weinstein, California Thespians, Disney Theatrical Group, Dramatists Play Service, Mark Drum, Thomas & Ellen Hoberman, Irene Mecchi, Harley Neuman, and Kevin Yorn are additional sponsors.