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Patti LuPone

The Drama League’s Annual Benefit Gala will honor theater icon Patti LuPone in the Grand Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel on February 7, 2011. The 27th Annual black-tie benefit helps support the next generation of theater directors with a one night only celebration that is not to be missed. All proceeds support The Director’s Project and the programs of the The Drama League.

Patti LuPone

The Drama League’s Annual Benefit Gala will honor theater icon Patti LuPone in the Grand Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel on February 7, 2011. The 27th Annual black-tie benefit helps support the next generation of theater directors with a one night only celebration that is not to be missed. All proceeds support The Director’s Project and the programs of the The Drama League.

Gala Chair and Tony winner Bonnie Comley with the assistance of honorary chairs David Mamet, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mandy Patinkin, and Stephen Sondheim have put together a fabulous line-up of talent that will include performances by Tony and Grammy Award Winner Audra McDonald, “Life Goes on” co-star Chris Burke,  Tony Award winners Laura Benante (2008), Anika Noni Rose (2004), Michael Cerveris (2004), and Tony and Grammy Award winners Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman along with four time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines. Others performing at the musical celebration, which will feature highlights from Ms. LuPone illustrious career – EVITA, THE BAKER’S WIFE, ANYTHING GOES, LES MISERABLES, GYPSY, SWEENEY TOOD, and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, include Christopher Sieber, Chad Kimball, Liz Callaway, Will Chase, Nick Adams, Emily Skinner, Justin Guarini, Michael Urie, James Monroe, Iglehart and an ensemble of 90 performers.

Bonnie Comley with her husband Stewart Lane, Mr. Broadway, have had the pleasure of working with several of the directors from The Directors Project including Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Pee Wee Herman Show), J

ohn Rando (Fortune’s Fools, Urinetown), Chris Ashley (Princesses, Memphis), Melia Bensussen (Emerson College Dept of Theater), whose careers have been impacted by The Drama League.

The Gala at The Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, begins with cocktails and a silent auction at 7 pm. Dinner and the performances will follow at 8 pm.
For more information or tickets call (212) 244-9494 ext 26 or e-mail  rcalderon@dramaleague
By Patrick Christiano
Photography: Barry Gordin