Alan Menken Horned @22nd AWARD GALA
The York Theatre Company honored legendary Broadway and film composer Alan Menken with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 22nd Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala held Monday at The Hudson Theatre Ballroom on West 44th Street in the rejuvenated theater distinct. Besides Menken, the big draws for the evening were the acclaimed Broadway Darling with 3 Tony Awards and 3 Drama Desk Awards, Bernadette Peters, who looked radiant in a ruby red asymmetrical body hugging cocktail dress that accentuated her sensuous curves, and the evening’s host, Norm Lewis, one of Broadway’s most charming baritones, a leading man that’s been sizzling hot since his recent Tony nominated turn in Porgy and Bess.
James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of the York, described the York as a place where "musicals come to life." He said "Sorry, no one does what the York does….we mounted 41 musicals with over 200 performances in 2013." He told a poignant story about how David McCoy, the current Chairman of the Board, first became involved with the York over 38 years ago because he complained about the uncomfortable wooden seats. He described how David’s effort sustained the theatre becoming a significant force in the Theatre’s growth, before presenting him with The York Theatre Company’s Founder’s Award for his long-term contributions to the theatre and his lifelong commitment to sustaining the arts. A seemingly still stunned W. David McCoy graciously accepted the prestigious honor.
The evening’s host Norm Lewis gave our Broadway Baby Bernadette Peters the big build up she deserves, and after working with her just a few weeks ago felt compelled to presenter her as the incandescent Bernadette Peters. She preceded to silence the house with her rendition of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Some Enchanted Evening."
Directed and produced by Scott H. Mauro / Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. with music direction by David Bell. Broadway veterans Sierra Boggess, Liz Callaway, Beth Fowler, Debbie Gravitte, Zachary Levi, multi award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and Vanessa Williams were scheduled to perform.