Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Justin Sargent (Jesus Christ Superstar Live NBC) sing “Fandango” at the Abingdon Theatre Company Gala Production of Closer Than Ever. Here is a sneak peek.
Abingdon Theatre Company (Tony Speciale, Artistic Director; Denise Dickens, Producing Director) is launching their 26th season with a special one-night-only gala event on Monday, October 22 at The Edison Ballroom. The evening honors two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy (Hello, Dolly!; Passion; Wonderful Town).
The evening will be hosted by Randy Rainbow and feature an all-star concert performance of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire’s award-winning musical revue Closer Than Ever with Nicholas Belton (Carousel), Lisa Brescia (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway (Baby), Lewis Cleale (Book of Mormon), Nikki Renee Daniels (Porgy and Bess), Erin Davie (Side Show), George Dvorsky (Closer Than Ever), Claybourne Elder (Passion), Aaron Kaburick (Hello Dolly!), Jeff Kready (Tootsie), Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Kyle Taylor Parker (Smokey Joe’s Cafe), two-time Tony Award nominee David Pittu(Lovemusik), Conor Ryan (Desperate Measures), Carrie St. Louis (Kinky Boots), Joey Taranto (Kinky Boots), two-time Tony Award nominee Mary Testa (Oklahoma!) and Alysha Umphress (Smokey Joe’s Cafe).
The event will begin at 6PM with a cocktail reception, dinner, honoree tribute and live auction, followed by an all-star concert performance of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire’s award-winning musical revue Closer Than Ever.
Closer Than Ever will feature choreography by Deidre Goodwin, musical direction by Kevin David Thomas, and direction by Chad Austin. Individual Gala tickets, starting at $500, include access to the cocktail reception, dinner, honoree tribute and live auction at 6PM, followed by orchestra seating for Closer Than Ever at 8PM. A limited number of $125 performance-only tickets are also available, which include general admission with open bar for the 8PM performance. Doors open at 7:30PM for performance-only tickets. Both Individual Gala tickets and performance-only tickets are available at abingdontheatre.org or by calling 212-868-2055, ext. 2.