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Benefit Gala


 

2018 BENEFIT GALA

A Musical Celebration of Broadway

HONORING NATHAN LANE

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018 

 

THE PLAZA

New York City

 

Our 35th Annual Benefit Gala was a beautiful night brimming with love for theater, The Drama League, and our honorees!   We are so grateful to everyone who joined us from near and far to celebrate two theater greats: film, television, and stage icon Nathan Lane; and legendary producer Fran Weissler.

 

Matthew Broderick hosted the festivities, which featured a fabulous line-up of artists throughout the evening.  Guests sang along with Andrea Martin as she performed “No Time at All” from Pippin; Santino Fontana moved us all with his gorgeous rendition of “A House for Mama”, a favorite of Nathan Lane’s, from Bounce; Christine Baranski shared highlights from The Birdcage; and Jerry Zaks directed Teal Wicks and Jarrod Spector in a scene from the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls.  Nathan Lane’s iconic voicing for the original Lion King was also celebrated, by Ernie Sabella and Broderick, along with Lane’s ‘Timon’ successor Billy Eichner.  Additional appearances by Susan Stroman, Mark Linn-Baker, Jelani Alladin, drag queens Brita Filter and trio Stephanie’s Child, and the Manhattan School of Music Ensemble culminated in a rousing finale of “Til Him” from The Producers.  Relive the gala’s highlights through our Facebook photo album, the digital version of the Gala Journal, and the links to select press coverage at the bottom of this page!

 

The night was also a celebration of theater, arts advocacy, and The Drama League’s role in strengthening the theater community.  Through the tables and tickets purchased, as well as a silent auction, a paddle raise, and other contributions, the gala raised invaluable funds that help The Drama League fulfill its mission to provide essential resources, mentorship, and training opportunities to aspiring theater-makers.  Check out the Programs section of our website to learn more about the initiatives made possible by events like the gala!

 

All of us at The Drama League are especially grateful to acknowledge our generous sponsors – Sceneworks Studios, Major Supporter of the Benefit Gala and MAC Cosmetics, Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League – and the tremendous leadership of Gala Co-Chairs Kathy Henderson, Janet Kagan, and Joseph Pizza.  Many thanks also to Starbright Floral Designs and Eleni’s Cookies for helping make the night extra special!

 

 

SELECT PRESS COVERAGE OF THE 2018 BENEFIT GALA

 

NEW YORK POST

Nathan Lane talks his early acting days, with Cindy Adams

 

BROADWAY WORLD

Photo Coverage: The 2018 Drama League Gala Honors Nathan Lane

 

THEATER MANIA

Nathan Lane Honored by Matthew Broderick, Christine Baranski, Billy Eichner at Gala

 

TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES

The Drama League’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala Honoring Nathan Lane

 

LIFEMINUTE

Video: Matthew Broderick and More Honor Nathan Lane at The Drama League’s Annual Benefit Gala in NYC

Audio Podcast: Matthew Broderick and More Honor Nathan Lane at The Drama League’s Annual Benefit Gala in NYC

 

THEATERLIFE.COM

GordIn’s View: 35th Annual Drama League Gala

 

TOPBUZZ

Drama's League's 35th Musical Celebration of Broadway on 11-8-18 at Plaza

 

NYSMILE4ME

35th Annual Drama League Gala #SmileStory at The Plaza Hotel  

2018 GALA SPONSOR

 

MAJOR SPONSOR OF 2018 BENEFIT GALA

 

OFFICIAL MAKE-UP PARTNER OF THE DRAMA LEAGUE