The evening’s entertainment was hosted by Alexander Gemignani (Sweeney Todd), son of the honoree. It was directed by Broadway’s Lonny Price (Company), with music direction by Tedd Firth. Broadway veterans Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), Mario Cantone (Assassins), Jenn Colella (Chaplin, The York’s Closer Than Ever), Marin Mazzie (Carrie, Passion), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate), Chip Zien (Into the Woods), and many more, performed at the event.
Paul Gemignani has been the music director for more than 40 Broadway and West End productions, including Follies, Candide, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and South Pacific, to name a few. Mr. Gemignani has appeared as a guest conductor with symphonies around the globe, and has worked in television and film. He has also received many distinctions and nominations for his outstanding work in musical theatre, including the 2001 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Oscard Hammerstein Award, named in honor of the prolific master lyricist, recognizes significant lifetime achievement in musical theatre. The award is presented at an annual gala which benefits The York Theatre Company, and is presented with the endorsement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein Family. Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Thomas Meehan, and Barbara Cook.
The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City--and one of very few in the world--dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and rediscovering neglected, notable shows from the past. The six-month--and counting--extended run of this season's Closer Than Ever as part of an acclaimed celebration of Off-Broadway musicals; over 35 original cast recordings; and commercial transfers of York premieres and revivals including The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir, Jolson & Company, Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures all showcase the importance of the York and its programs. For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.
Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Erin Ortman, Alexander Gemignani, Derin Altay, Paul Gemignani and Augie Dannehl
Lonny Price and Maurice Hines
Jim Walton, Lonny Price and Bob Walton
Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley
Jenn Colella and Siobhan Whalen