Heart and Soul: The Legacy of Frank Loesser celebrated the composer famous for the scores of the Tony Award® winning musicals Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Trying, The Most Happy Fella, Where's Charley?, and others, as well as honor the companies he created: Music Theatre International and Frank Music Corp.
The evening's honorary chairs include Susan Loesser, John Loesser, Emily Loesser Stephenson (Frank's children), Stephen Sondheim, and ATW's longest serving board member (and Frank's widow) Jo Sullivan Loesser, who, among many other roles, played the lead role in the original production of her husband's The Most Happy Fella and toured the country in Guys and Dolls. The Gala Co-Chairs are Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Jacquin Philip Fink, Freddie Gershon and ATW Board members Theodore S. Chapin and Douglas B. Leeds.
The entertainment portion of the evening was produced by Lauren Class Schneider of Class Productions and directed by Marc Bruni, with musical direction by Rob Berman, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Tom Young.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit the education and outreach programs of the American Theatre Wing.
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Photo Credit: Walter McBride