Matthew Broderick (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Tony Danza ("Who's The Boss"), Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Pajama Game), Greg Naughton (Founder: Blue Light Theater Company), James Naughton (Chicago), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), Peter Cincotti (How Deep Is The Ocean) Eric Leviton (How Deep Is The Ocean), Lorinda Lisitza (Triumphant Baby!), and Michael Ogborn (Baby Case) and others to be announced will appear at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2012 Annual Gala honoring Broadway star and multiple time Tony Award and Drama Desk nominee Kelli O'Hara on Sunday, November 11th at The Hudson Theatre (145 W. 44th Street) beginning at 6:00pm. Kelli is currently starring on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, and was seen on Broadway in South Pacific, The Pajama Game, The Light In The Piazza and many others.
There will be video tributes from Kristin Chenoweth (WICKED), Matthew Morrison ("GLEE") and John Lithgow ("Third Rock From The Sun"), and the evening will be hosted by Susan Blackwell ([title of show]).
NYMF will also be honoring the artists and achievements of the 2012 Festival Season. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, seated dinner, and musical performances celebrating NYMF's Ninth Annual Season.
There will also be a special performance from the cast of Chaplin, which originally began at The New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Previous Gala performers and presenters have included Daniel Radcliffe, Chita Rivera, Cheyenne Jackson, Raul Esparza, Alice Ripley, Duncan Sheik, Sherie Rene Scott, Bebe Neuwirth, Anthony Rapp, and many others.
The honorary Gala host committee includes: Linda D'Onofrio (chair), Adam Blanshay, Darren DeVerna, Roy Edmondson, Sharon Fallon, Claudia Fine, Charlie Fink, Faythe Goldman, Vicki Halmos, David Hurwitz, Jonathan Herzog, Jill Jaysen, Marissa Kamin Miller, Frank Troutman and Tamara Tunie.
There will also be an online silent auction with all proceeds going to The New York Musical Theatre Festival. Items up for bid include: theater tickets, backstage tours of Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Christmas Story – The Musical, and Newsies, tickets to "Chelsea Lately", "The Soup", and "The Late Show With David Letterman", as well as a private tour of the Met and an original Funny Girl Playbill. The make an online bid, please visit: http://cloud.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe18668
The live auction items, which are to be bid on at the event only, include:
- A day on set at SMASH, including a meet-and-greet with the cast, signed pilot script and poster
- Trip to Korea and the Daegu International Musical Festival with NYMF
- Two tickets to the Emmy Awards, including round-trip airfare and a two-night hotel stay
- The chance to be a member of the 2013 Festival Awards Jury
Ticket prices for the NYMF Awards Gala are as follows: Visionary Table of 10: $10,000, Champion Table of 10: $5,000, Champion Tickets: $500 (includes preferred seating and admission to the VIP After-Party with the artists), Supporter Table of 10: $3,750, and Supporter Tickets: $375.