Stars Step Out for United States of Shakespeare Tonight | Playbill

News Stars Step Out for United States of Shakespeare Tonight The Public Theater’s star-studded annual gala takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
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The Public Theater celebrates its annual gala June 6 at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park. Among the stars in attendance are Meryl Streep, Phylicia Rashad, Christine Baranski, Kevin Kline, Michael Cerveris and Steven Pasquale.

Directed by Jeremy McCarter, the gala features scenes from Shakespeare’s most celebrated works and the poems, songs and stories they inspired, performed by actors of the stage and screen and musicians.

The line-up for The United States of Shakespeare also features F. Murray Abraham, Sasha Allen, Sarah Amengual, Lemon Andersen, Kate Burton, Michael Friedman, Bill Irwin, Kevin Kline, Lisa Kron, Michael John LaChiusa, Heather Lind, Hamish Linklater, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lily Rabe, Jay O. Sanders, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jimmy Smits, Jeanine Tesori and John Douglas Thompson as well as The Public’s Shakespeare scholar in residence Jim Shapiro, with musical direction by Chris Fenwick.

Andi Bernstein and Ashley Leeds serve as gala co-chairs for the one-night-only event honoring Bank of America for its long-term support of free Shakespeare in the Park.

(Updated June 6, 2016)

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