Welcome spring with a theater near you. The one I have in mind right this moment is one of our favorites, Playwrights Horizons.
On May 8th, PHnyc presents A Celebration of Song for its spring fundraiser, at 583 Park Avenue, honoring three of the company’s alumni writers and featuring leading ladies Christine Ebersole (two-time Tony Award winner,) two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone (also a two-time Tony Award winner) and Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award winner). The honorees are Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven at Playwrights), Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven at Playwrights) and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife and Grey Gardens at Playwrights).
The evening will also pay special recognition to book writer Richard Greenberg (Far From Heaven, The Maderati at Playwrights) and director Michael Greif (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, Spatter Pattern at Playwrights).
The Grey Gardens writing team is returning to Broadway this spring with their new musical, War Paint, under Grief’s direction and featuring LuPone and Ebersole. War Paint is previewing March 7 at The Nederlander Theatre.
Cocktails and a Silent Auction begin at 6pm with dinner and the program starting at 7:30pm. To reserve tables starting at $10,000, or individual tickets from $1000, please go to www.phnyc.org/gala/.
In related news, but of a more modest nature, Playwrights Horizons is holding their LIVEforFIVE lottery for the upcoming production of The Light Years, which begins previews on February 17th. The on-line lottery makes $5 tickets available for the first preview of a PHnyc production. Go to www.phnyc.org to participate.