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Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth Will Headline Second Stage’s 40th Birthday Gala

Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth Will Headline Second Stage’s 40th Birthday Gala

Second Stage Theater has announced that Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will headline its 40th Birthday Gala with a special concert performance on Monday, May 6 at Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W 34th Street).

The gala begins at 6:30pm with cocktails and party games, followed by dinner at 7:30pm and a 9:00pm performance. Tickets for cocktails, dinner and the performance are priced from $1,500 – $5,000 and tables are available for $15,000 – $40,000. All funds raised support and sustain Second Stage Theater’s artistic programs. 

At this one-night-only gala, Second Stage will honor 40 actors for their continued collaboration with the institution – from its first productions to today. The evening’s honorees, all of whom have appeared in at least two Second Stage productions, include Brooke Adams, Kevin Bacon, David Aaron Baker, David Wilson Barnes, Derrick Baskin, Annette Bening, Emily Bergl, Reed Birney, Stephanie J. Block, Tracee Chimo, Liza Colón-Zayas, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Frankie R. Faison, Halley Feiffer, Daniel Gerroll, John Glover, Daniel Eric Gold, Tony Goldwyn, Robyn Goodman, Ari Graynor, Judith Ivey, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brian Kerwin, Christine Lahti, Kristolyn Lloyd, Marsha Mason, James McDaniel, Lindsay Mendez, Kathy Najimy, Manu Narayan, Cynthia Nixon, Rory O’Malley, Kellie Overbey, Annie Parisse, Susan Pourfar, Katharine Powell, Maria Elena Ramirez, Armando Riesco, Thomas Sadoski, Sherie Rene Scott, Thom Sesma, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Julie White, Betsy Wolfe and Charlayne Woodard. The evening will be Co-Chaired by Second Stage Theater’s Board of Trustees.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.2st.com/support-us/gala.

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth will star alongside Scott Wolf will star in upcoming holiday film The Christmas Song, which is slated to debut on Hallmark Channel in November 2019. She will also star as “Madeline” in the upcoming musical comedy Death Becomes Her, an adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth Century. She also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Drama League Award. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home. Notable television roles include appearances in “The West Wing,” Disney’s “Descendants” and “The Muppets.” In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2 and Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle in The Peanuts Movie. She starred in the indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell and additional film credits have included The Boy Next Door, Deck the Halls, Twelve Men of Christmas, Four Christmases, RV, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Hit & Run and Family Weekend. She also starred in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Velma Von Tussle in December 2016. She was recently seen in the Starz original series “American Gods,” where she has reunited with executive producer Bryan Fuller in the role of Easter. Chenoweth voiced the role of Princess Skystar in Lionsgate/Hasbro’s My Little Pony: The Movie, and can also be heard in the animated film The Star. In addition to her film projects, Chenoweth recently starred in the second season of NBC’s hit comedy series “Trial & Error,” receiving critical acclaim for her performance as Heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster. Chenoweth released The Art of Elegance, her album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records.  The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart. Chenoweth also returned to the stage in her limited engagement My Love Letter to Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. Kristin is currently working on her next album, set for release in 2019. Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance. She formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Chenoweth’s accomplishments were honored by her hometown with BAPAC naming “The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre” in 2012. Partnering with the BAPAC in a labor of love, Kristin launched an annual Broadway Bootcamp in 2015, providing young Broadway hopefuls with the opportunity to take classes, hold performances and learn from top mentors in the entertainment industry including Kristin herself. Kristin is also a passionate supporter of charities which dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need.  She is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Second Stage Theater’s 40th Anniversary Season kicked off last summer with the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, directed by Anna D. Shapiro.  The season continued with the World Premiere of Days of Rage, a new play by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) and directed by Trip Cullman who staged the company’s recent Tony-nominated hit production of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero.

The world premiere musical, Superhero, recently concluded its extended run at the Tony Kiser Theater after officially opening on February 28, 2019.  Directed by Jason Moore, Superhero featured a book by John Logan and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt.  

The season will also feature the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Dying City, written and directed by Christopher Shinn, featuring Mary Elizabeth Winsteadand Colin Woodell. The New York Premiere of Bess Wohl’s play, Make Believe, directed by Michael Greif, will conclude the season in summer 2019.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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