On Monday, April 23, 2012, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a gala honoring Kenny Leon, Judith O. Rubin, and The Shubert Foundation, at Espace (635 West 42nd Street between 11th and 12th avenues).
“Not only will we be celebrating all that TCG has accomplished over the last 50 years, we are thrilled to be honoring a group of people who have made a notable difference in the world of American theatre. They have shared their passion for the theatre with TCG and our members, and we are delighted to be sharing the evening with them,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG.
The event will feature a “who’s who” of American Theatre. The Gala Co-Chairs are Ralph Bryan and Heather Randall. The Honorary Gala Chairs include: Angela Basset, Courtney B. Vance, and Louise Kerz Hirschfeld.
The Honorary Gala Committee includes F. Murray Abraham, Douglas Carter Beane, Beau Bridges, James Bundy, Kate Burton, Charles Busch, Michael Cerveris, Rick Elice, Philip Himberg, Rachel Kraft, Patti LuPone, David Hyde Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Roger Rees, Tim Robbins, Olga Sanchez, Roche Schulfer, Stephen Sondheim, Ben Vereen and Doug Wright.
The Theatre Communications Group’s Executive Director, Teresa Eyring will welcome the guests.
The evening’s entertainment will include excerpts of new theatrical works by TCG Member Theatres from around the nation including La Jolla Playhouse’s Hands on a Hardbody and the Dallas Theater Center, Public Theater and Signature Theatre’s co-production of Giant.
Hands On A Hardbody: The La Jolla Playhouse world premiere boasts a book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green, and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. Based on the acclaimed documentary, this La Jolla Playhouse commissioned musical follows ten strangers who enter an endurance contest to win a brand new truck—the key to their own individual American dream.
Giant: A sprawling, epic love story with larger-than-life characters and Texas-size musical numbers. Co-produced by Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater with a 2009 World Premiere at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, this classic tale of ambition and romance comes to the stage with book by Sybille Pearson and song after memorable song by Michael John LaChiusa.