The evening—also the 40th Birthday Gala for The New York Pops, led by music director and conductor Steven Reineke—features performances from Jim Caruso, Megan Hilty, Michael Urie, Lillias White, Erich Bergen, Charo, Deborah Cox, Norm Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Max von Essen, and Dionne Warwick as well as cast members from the Off-Broadway cast of Manilow’s Broadway-bound musical Harmony, including Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, and Steven Telsey.
Urie co-hosts with Reineke.
The performance also includes Kids on Stage students, led by director Brian Worsdale; and The Camp Broadway Ensemble, led by director-choreographer Theo Lencicki and music director Christine Riley.
Attendees can expect to hear music from Manilow’s wide-ranging catalog. The Tony-honored artist is a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee who has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.
The Gala also celebrates Corporate Honoree Tamara Alesi, CEO at Mediaplus North America, and Legacy Honorees Patty and James Read, honored for their many years of support to The New York Pops.
Proceeds from the Gala support the organization’s PopsEd music education programs. An optional black tie dinner and dance will follow at the Mandarin Oriental New York.