The step & repeat always kicks off the evening, but you know it is going to be a show stopping evening when there are three!
From the words of The Drama League’s Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks, so eloquently put on the front pages of the program, “Tonight, we commence a year of celebration for The Drama League’s Centennial. From its early beginnings supporting American forces during World War I and poverty programs during the Depression, The Drama League has always believed in the power of theater to change our world. Today, The Drama League helps over 2,000 young artists develop sustainable careers in theater, film, and television. We also help over 20,000 people experience plays and musicals on and off Broadway; at regional theaters across America; and in global exchanges with partner institutions in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Sofia and Bucharest.”
Star studded line up to honor Ms. Bernadette Peters included Michael Douglas, Gloria Estefan – her Broadway show opening soon, the one and only Joel Grey, Norm Lewis, hilarious Debra Monk, Tom Wopat and performers from the original and revival cast of Dames at Sea – one of Bernadette Peters’ most memorable appearances on Broadway.
What brought the house down and Bernadette to tears was 100 members of the Gay Men’s Chorus that lined up on the perimeter of the Grand Ballroom, in the Corridor and even up in the opera boxes and sang a song from Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George.”
The icing on the cake is when Bernadette Peters came back two nights later for the New York Landmark’s Conservancy Gala and I broke all my rules and asked for a selfie!