The Drama League yesterday honored Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). This year, The Drama League's Gala featured Academy and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Elaine Paige, Tony Award-winner Donna Murphy, pop sensation Nick Jonas, Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Award-winner Debra Monk, Andrew Lippa, Marlo Thomas, Brent Barrett, Tony Award-winner Carole Shelley, Josh Young, David Elder, Marni Nixon, Jason Graae, Eden Espinosa, Kevin Clash from "Sesame Street," plus original and current cast members from the Broadway musical Wicked and more.
The Benefit Gala annually raises much-needed funds for the vital education programs of The Drama League Directors Project. Since 1984, the Benefit Gala has honored exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others. Each year, an enthusiastic audience of 400 theatre lovers, comprised of recognizable names from the professional theatre community and society pages, as well as Drama League members and supporters, come out to support the Drama League Directors Project.
Since 1916, The Drama League of New York has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences and prosperous support. It is one of the nation's oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations.