Ethan Hawke, Bernadette Peters, Marc Shaiman, Alan Cumming and More Will Honor Sam Mendes at Roundabout Gala
By Michael Gioia
Roundabout Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Todd Haimes, will present its annual spring gala March 10 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening will celebrate Academy Award, Olivier and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes, who will be presented with The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre.
The 2014 gala, entitled In Here, Life Is Beautiful, will begin at 7 PM with dinner and a live auction, followed by a tribute to Mendes.
Mendes' association with Roundabout began in 1998 by directing the Tony Award-winning Cabaret, which will return to Studio 54 (again under the direction of Mendes and Rob Marshall) March 21 with Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams.
The tribute will feature performances by Ethan Hawke, Bernadette Peters, Marc Shaiman, Alan Cumming, Brian d'Arcy James and Aaron Krohn. Appearances will also be made by Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Bates, Dylan Baker and Richard Easton, among others.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Musical Theatre Fund and Education programs. Award-winning actress and Roundabout board member Cynthia Nixon will make an appearance on behalf of Education at Roundabout. She will participate in a live auction to raise funds for the Roundabout extensive education programs, which serve over 6,000 students and teachers in schools throughout all five boroughs.
Underwriter ticket buyers and above are also invited to a private cocktail party with guest artists and VIPs at 6 PM. Ticket prices are $5,000 Producer's Circle Single Ticket (includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, seating at the dinner and tribute), $3,000 Underwriter Single Ticket (includes private cocktail party with Roundabout artists, seating at the dinner and tribute) and $1,500 Patron Single Ticket (includes dinner and tribute). Ten-person group table seating is also available.
The Hammerstein Ballroom is located at 311 West 34th Street. For tickets, contact Lane Hosmer at (212) 719-9393 x312. For more information, visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.
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