The Drama League will honor five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald at The Drama League's 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, on February 11, 2013 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). Amy Eller and Ellen Fox are the 2013 Gala Chairpersons. Tickets and tables are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting www.dramaleague.org/audra.
Broadway, TV and Film stars Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad will host the annual black-tie gala, featuring dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only evening of musical selections drawn from Ms. McDonald's career. Rounding out the list of celebrity guests are Tony Award winners Tyne Daly, Judith Light, Julie White, and Broadway veterans Jayne Houdyshell, Phillip Boykin, Bobby Steggert, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eddie Korbich, and Caissie Levy. They will join previously announced performers Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti LuPone, Zoe Caldwell, Anthony Crivello, Broadway veterans Victor Garber, Norm Lewis, Mary Testa, Tony Sheldon, Michael Arden, Seth Rudetsky, and New York State Senator Tom Duane (all subject to change and availability). The production is directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge with musical direction by David Evans and produced by Mr. Danforth.
The Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald brings together 500 of New York City's most influential arts supporters, celebrities, and luminaries for a black-tie evening of cocktails, dinner, and the acclaimed, unforgettable musical revue featuring dozens of stars from film, television and theatre. The Musical Celebration of Broadway will feature songs from Audra's many Broadway triumphs, including The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class, Marie Christine, 110 In The Shade; her operatic and concert work, including her celebrated turns in Passion and Mahagonny; and her award-winning albums "Way Back To Paradise," "How Glory Goes," "Happy Songs" and "Build A Bridge."
Ticket prices start at $750, which includes the cocktail reception, dinner, and all performances. For more information, please contact The Drama League at 212.244.9494 ext 27 or click on http://dramaleague.org.
The Drama League's 2013 Gala Online Auction, now live online and taking bids at www.biddingforgood.com/thedramaleague, now features over sixty once-in-a-lifetime prize packages, including exclusive celebrity experiences with Tom Hanks, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Cattrall, chef Rocco DiSpirito, violinist Joshua Bell, Broadway opening night parties for Jekyll and Hyde, The Big Knife and The Trip To Bountiful; luxury vacations to Marrakech, London, Las Vegas, and Chicago; and just-added items added including a one-of-a-kind James Martin Jewels' handmade 18K white gold cocktail ring with 48K cushion-cut rock crystal and 45 diamonds; VIP Experience Passes at tapings of ABC's "The View" and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart; " a limited-edition print by acclaimed artists Yasmina Alaoui and Marco Guerra; Opening Night Tickets and Party to The Assembled Parties; and tickets to the 2013 Yankees Spring Training in Tampa, FL. The auction will conclude at The Drama League's 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway on February 11, 2013.