The Drama League presents the 36th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway. The black-tie evening honoring Sutton Foster and Arts Ally honoree Herb Engbert will take place on Monday, October 28, 2019 in New York City at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue).
Celebrating Sutton Foster’s career onstage and screen, including her upcoming star turn in The Music Man coming to Broadway in 2020, the gala features a one-night-only musical tribute in Foster’s honor. The star-studded program will include appearances by Jelani Alladin, Jason Robert Brown, Brandon Victor Dixon, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Joel Grey, Joshua Henry, Peter Hermann, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Beth Leavel, Megan McGinnis, Marissa O’Donnell, Laura Osnes, Rachel Resheff, Miriam Shor, Leigh Silverman, Emerson Steele,Georgia Stitt, and Jeanine Tesori.
Drama League Directors Project alum Laura Brandel directs this year’s gala program, with Music Direction by David Evans and Choreography by Leah Hofmann. The 36th Annual Benefit Gala is produced by Drama League Artistic Line Producer Ali Skye Bennet and Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, with Assistant Producer Shannon Corenthin and Production Manager Sean Gorski. The creative team also includes Stephanie Card (assistant director), Timothy Huang (additional lyrics), Terri K. Kohler (production stage manager), Whitney Locher (costume design), Nick Kolin (lighting design), Mike Tracey (sound design), and Lisa Renkel (video design).
Sceneworks Studios is Sponsor of the 2019 Drama League Benefit Gala. Art Lab LLC is a Supporter of the 2019 Benefit Gala. MAC Cosmetics is the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League. The 2019 Drama League Benefit Gala Chairs are Mary Jain and Joseph Pizza. Leadership support for the 2019 Benefit Gala is also provided by its Vice Chairs: Anna May & Tim Feige, Meg Fofonoff of Art Lab LLC, Kathy & Ken Henderson, Una Jackman & Jay Alix, Stan Ponte & John Metzner, Iris Smith, and JoAnn & John Weisel. The Benefit Gala Committee members are Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane, Bill Damaschke, Leslie C. Feldman, The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts, and Sotheby’s International Realty.