Hot off the heels of his triumphant performance as Judas in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live
, Tony Award nominee BRANDON VICTOR DIXON will be the headliner at TDF’s 50th Anniversary Gala on Monday, June 18 at Manhattan’s historic Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway @ 36th Street, NYC).
TDF, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, which is celebrating 50 years of service to audiences and the performing arts community in 2018, will be honoring Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright TONY KUSHNER at the gala. Mr. Kushner’s masterwork, Angels in America
, is currently receiving its first Broadway revival with the National Theatre production at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Additionally, JAMES LAPINE, also a Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright and director will be presented the inaugural TDF Founders Award. The TDF Founders Award is being created to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a deep commitment to TDF and its mission, and who embody TDF’s vision of a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational.
The funds raised at TDF’s 50th Anniversary Gala will provide vital support for TDF’s wide range of programs serving theatregoers and theatre-makers. Guests will be treated to a special program produced by SCOTT MAURO ENTERTAINMENT, Inc. hosted by the hilarious JULIE HALSTON. The show’s line-up will be announced shortly. The chair for the event is TDF Trustee BETSY MILLER. Tables begin at $10,000 and individual tickets are available for $1,500 and $1,000.
BRANDON VICTOR DIXON currently co-stars as Terry Silver on the STARZ hit series, Power
. He most recently starred as Judas in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live
and as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton
. His previous Broadway credits include: Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along
(Tony Award nomination), Berry Gordy in Motown: The Musical
(Grammy and Drama League Award nominations), and Harpo in The Color Purple
(Tony Award nomination). National tour: Simba in The Lion King
. Off Broadway: F**king A
and The Scottsboro Boys
(Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Laurence Olivier Award nominations). In addition to Power
, his other television credits include: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
, One Life to Live
, and The Good Wife
. Dixon was raised in Maryland, and is a graduate of Columbia University. He is the co-founder of WalkRunFly
The TDF 50th Anniversary Gala Honorary Committee: Jane Alexander, Lucie Arnaz, Laura Benanti, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Alex Brightman, Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker, Geneva Carr, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Clark, Sandy Duncan, Melissa Errico, Joanna Gleason, Joel Grey, Jonathan Groff, Jeffrey and Paula Gural, Julie Halston, Ruth Hendel, Judith Ivey, Cherry Jones, Jane Krakowski, Linda Lavin, Andrew Lippa, William Ivey Long, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jerry Mitchell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Leslie Odom Jr., Kelli O’Hara, Laura Osnes, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Jimmy Smits and Susan Stroman.
TDF is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Best known for its theatre- going programs (including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths and TDF Membership Programs), TDF’s accessibility (including open captioned, audio described and Autism Friendly performances), school (serving over 10,000 New York City students annually), community engagement and information programs — as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs — have introduced millions of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. To learn more about TDF, go to: www.tdf.org