THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING CENTENNIAL GALA with Performances By Broadway Favorites Heather Headley, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more! NOW STREAMING on BroadwayHD
Broadway favorites Natalie Cortez, Evie Dolan, Santino Fontana, Heather Headley, Rebecca Luker, Norm Lewis, Beth Malone, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Taylor Trensch and more, perform as part of the celebration of the centennial of the American Theatre Wing.
The evening celebrated the myriad of composers whose work have influenced the American theatre over the last century. Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell kicked off the show with the Stephen Sondheim showstopper “Being Alive” from Company. Norm Lewis, the first African American to star on Broadway as the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, sang the iconic “Music of the Night.” Beth Malone recreated her Tony Award nominated performance from Fun Home recognizing Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, the first female writing team to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score. Heather Headley brought down the house with “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line. Hits from Showboat, The Fantasticks, South Pacific, and West Side Story were also performed.
Tony Bennett made a surprise appearance recounting his fond memories of the support offered to him by the American Theatre Wing as a young GI returning from World War II, before the evening wrapped to “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” from Hair.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING
One hundred years ago, on the eve of America’s entry into World War I, seven suffragettes—all women of the theatre—came together to form The Stage Women’s War Relief. A century later, the spirit and vision behind the founding of American Theatre Wing remains a touchstone for all we do. The Wing continues to champion bravery, with a focus on developing the next generation of brave artists. We envision an American Theatre that is as vital, multi-faceted, and diverse as the American people.
The Wing’s programs span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. We provide theatre education opportunities for underserved students through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, develop the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Network programs, incubate innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, foster the song of American Theatre through the Jonathan Larson® Grants, honor the best in New York theatrical design with the Henry Hewes Design Award, and illuminate the creative process through the Emmy-nominated “Working in the Theatre” documentary series. In addition to founding the Tony Awards® which are co-presented with The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing co-presents the Obie Awards®, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor, with The Village Voice.
Visitors to AmericanTheatreWing.org can gain inspiration and insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences. Follow the Wing on Twitter and Instagram @TheWing, and on Facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatreWing.
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