Our 36th Annual Benefit Gala was a beautiful night brimming with love for theater, The Drama League, and our honoree Sutton Foster! We are so grateful to everyone who joined us from near and far to celebrate the two-time Tony winner, as well as this year’s Art Ally Award recipient EY.
Miriam Shor and the ensemble kicked off the festivities in the opening number, dazzling us with “Not for the Life of Me”/ “Anything Goes”, paying homage to Sutton’s two Tony-winning performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Joel Grey serenaded Sutton with a bespoke “Wilkommen” (Cabaret) and “Friendship” (Anything Goes); Beth Leavel owned the room as she belted “Stumble Along” (The Drowsy Chaperone); Brandon Victor Dixon beautifully sang “I’ll Be Here” (The Wild Party); Laura Osnes charmed us with a gorgeous performance of “Delovely” (Anything Goes); and Amy Sherman-Palladino introduced Jeanine Tesori to sing a heartfelt rendition of Carole King’s “Where You Lead” to Sutton. Additional appearances by Megan McGinnis, Joshua Henry, Jelani Alladin, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Leigh Silverman, Bob Martin, Jason Robert Brown, Georgia Stitt, Emerson Steele, Rachel Resheff, Marissa O’Donnell, and the Manhattan School of Music Ensemble culminated in a joyous finale led by Miriam Shor and the ensemble singing Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” with Sutton-specific lyrics, joined by the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band to end the show with a bang. We also got to see snippets of video greetings from a bevvy of Broadway and Hollywood stars, congratulating Sutton on her big night.
The gala performances were directed by Directors Project alum Laura Brandel, with Music Direction by David Evans and Choreography by Leah Hofmann. For the full roster of the creative team behind this year’s performances, check out the gala journal (link above).
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 paddle raise, journal ads, 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, Sponsor of the Benefit Gala; Art Lab LLC, Supporter of the Benefit Gala; and MAC Cosmetics, Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League – and the tremendous leadership of Gala Co-Chairs Mary Jain and Joseph Pizza. Many thanks also to Eleni’s Cookies for helping make the night extra special!
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Drama League Honors Sutton Foster at The Plaza
Sutton Foster Honored at 2019 Drama League Benefit Gala
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Drama League Honors Sutton Foster at 36th Annual Benefit Gala
The 36th Annual Drama League Benefit Gala
The Drama League's 2019 Annual Benefit Gala
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