The Town Hall, New York City's landmark theatre and concert venue (123 West 43rd Street) honors two influential individuals: Dr. Charlotte K Frank, Senior Vice President of McGraw Hill and Chair of the Town Hall Arts and Education Committee, and Marvin Leffler, in recognition of 34 years as President of The Town Hall. They will receive The Town Hall's 'Friend of the Arts' Award on Sunday, October 21st, 2012. Michael Presser, Executive Vice President of The Town Hall will present the award, which is presented annually to individuals in recognition and appreciation for their abiding interest in the development, enrichment and support of the arts. For tickets to the Gala, call (212) 997-1003.
The Town Hall's Gala will begin at 5:45PM at the Princeton Club of New York. The event includes a matinee ticket to The Town Hall's Broadway Cabaret Festival's Broadway Originals! concert at 3PM. Broadway Originals! features Broadway stars reprising songs they introduced either in the original Broadway production or revival that have lit up the Great White Way these past 50 years. The evening is created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall.
Performers include Laura Osnes (pictured - Tony nominee, Bonnie & Clyde and upcoming star of Cinderella), Chad Kimball (Tony Nominated Star of Memphis), Alice Ripley (Tony Award Winner for Next to Normal/Tony Nominated for Sideshow), Tonya Pinkins (Tony Nominated star of Caroline or Change), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story), Tovah Feldshuh (Tony Nominated for Sarava), Barbara Walsh (Company), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell) and Mandy Gonzalez (Drama Desk Award Winner for In The Heights). (These tickets can also be purchased to Broadway Originals! without attending the Gala).
The Town Hall "Friends of the Arts" Award is presented annually to individuals in recognition and appreciation of their interest in the development, enrichment and support of the arts. Established in 1981, the award has been given to distinguished actors, musicians, business leaders and legislators. Past recipients include such luminaries as Judith Jamison, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Jacques d'Amboise, Beverly Sills, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Andrea Marcovicci, Jane Alexander, Eli Wallach, Sheldon Harnick, Wendy Wasserstein, Theodore Bikel, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Marilyn Horne, Gerald Schoenfeld, Merryl H. Tisch and Elaine Stritch.
Additional Broadway Cabaret Festival concerts, created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall, include: The Best of Broadway By The Year on Friday October 26 at 8pm featuring performances by Beth Leavel (Tony Award/The Drowsy Chaperone), Kerry O'Malley (On A Clear Day, Drama Desk Award/ Into The Woods), Lari White (Three Grammy Awards), Christine Andreas (Tony Nominations/On Your Toes and Oklahoma), Christina Bianco (Drama Desk Nominee/Forbidden Broadway), Carole J. Bufford (Bistro Award Winner), Jeffry Denman (Drama Desk Nominee/Yank), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray), Jason Graae (A Grand Night For Singing), Scott Coulter (Award Winning Vocalist) and Noah Racey (Curtains). This past weekend, Linda Eder kicked off the festival with her show, Linda Eder, A New Life on Saturday October 13. For more information regarding the Broadway Cabaret Festival, visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.