The Drama League celebrated the career of Broadway legend Patti LuPone at their 27th Annual Benefit Gala in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre on Monday, February 7, 2011. The lavish black-tie affair began with cocktails and a silent auction an hour before dinner. But the main event was the after dinner show put on by the Broadway veterans, who came out to honor the two-time Tony Award winner with a song and dance tribute hosted by a wonderfully funny and charismatic Christopher Sieber.
The show produced by Roger Danforth highlighted all of Patti’s hit Broadway shows and her hit television series LIFE GOES ON. Chris Burke from that show gave a moving tribute to working with her during their four year run together. And Vanessa Redgrave came directly from the Golden Theater, where she is performing in DRIVING MISS DAISY to present the award to Patti. Other highlights included performances by Ann Hampton Callaway, and Patti’s co-stars from GYPSY, Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti, along with a witty musical recreation of Patti’s high school glee club singing a melody of songs arranged especially for the evening by Stephen Cole. The chorus of singers performing the songs included Daniel Breaker, Will Chase, Nick Adams, Montego Glover, and Chad Kimball choreographed by Cady Huffman.
The evening ended on a musical high note with Patti singing a duet of HAPPY DAYS & GET HAPPY with the four time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.
The gala benefits The Drama League Directors Project, the nation’s leading educational program for emerging theater directors. Patrick Christiano
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