Award-winning stars of stage and screen performed highlights saluting the career of lyricist and composer Sheldon Harnick on the occasion of his 80th birthday.A Gala celebration was held on Sunday evening May 2nd to benefit Encompass New Opera Theatre, a non-profit company specializing in development and production of new music-theater works and artists. Harnick is co-Chair (along with John Kander) of the company's artistic Advisory Board. The Gala event was held at the historic National Arts Club, at Gramercy Park in Manhattan. Stephen Sondheim serves as Honorary Gala Chair.
The wonderful couple! Margery and Sheldon Harnick
Jeffrey Lyons (NBC's Theater and Film Critic) and Sheldon
Glenn and Alan Alda
Phil Donahue, Sheldon and Marlo Thomas
Glenn and Sheldon
Elisa Stein, Joseph Stein and Jenny Lyn Bader (Joseph Stein's daughter)
Alfred Molina, Glenn and Sheldon
Maya Gottfried, Charlotte Rae and Jane Lahr (Burt Lahr's daughter and granddaughter)
Sheldon, Randy Graff, Alfred and Joseph Stein
Jere Couture and wife Susan Birkenhead (Lyricist)
Sheldon, Celeste Holm and husband Opera Singer Frank Basile
Wally Harper (Musical Director, Pianist) and Barbara Cook
Sheldon makes a wish!
The party poses for the BroadwayWorld cameras
Sheldon posing with the gang!