Warren Beatty, Kenny Leon, Chita Rivera, Uma Thurman Receive Actors Fund’s Medal of Honor | Playbill

Industry News Warren Beatty, Kenny Leon, Chita Rivera, Uma Thurman Receive Actors Fund’s Medal of Honor The four artists are celebrated at the Fund’s annual gala May 14.
Warren Beatty, Kenny Leon, Chita Rivera, and Uma Thurman

The Actors Fund's annual gala is held May 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis, where the Fund's Medal of Honor will be bestowed upon four artists.

The evening celebrates Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty; Tony-winning director Kenny Leon, currently represented on Broadway with the revival of Children of a Lesser God; two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera; and Oscar nominee Uma Thurman, who made her Broadway debut this season in The Parisian Woman.

The event begins at 6 PM with cocktails followed by a 7 PM dinner and tribute. Special guests—many of whom will perform—include Annette Bening, Carolee Carmello, Robert Creighton, John Doyle, Andrew Garfield, Mandy Gonzalez, Denise Gough, Kathryn Grody, Barry Levinson, Beth Malone, Laurie Metcalf, David Morse, Mandy Patinkin, LaTanya Richardson, Lauren Ridloff, Ben Vereen, and Barrett Wilbert Weed.

“It’s fitting that The Actors Fund honors Warren Beatty, Kenny Leon, Chita Rivera and Uma Thurman, four legends of the film, theater and dance worlds,” said Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of The Actors Fund, in an earlier statement. “Their artistry represents the best of our industry, and they are individuals who lead with their heart, showing boundless compassion for those in need in our entertainment and performing arts community.”


The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.

Tickets begin at $1,500 and include reception, dinner, and entertainment. For tables and sponsorships, call (212) 627-1000 or email [email protected].

First Look at Uma Thurman and Phillipa Soo in The Parisian Woman

Rivera has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway on the Rhône River 2 cruise April 7–14, 2019, and the Broadway on the High Seas 10: Odyssey Through the Greek Isles cruise June 24–July 1, 2019. Lineups of top Broadway stars will be announced at a later date. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.

(Updated May 14, 2018)

Recommended Reading:

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting playbill.com with your ad blocker.
Thank you!