On June 15, 2015, Theatre Development Fund will host our annual Gala at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. This year, we are singing the praises of three unsung heroes of TDF: Jeffrey Gural, the chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Ted Chapin, the President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company; and Robert Zukerman, the former Theatre Program Director at New York State Council on the Arts. Each of these gentlemen has provided unique support to TDF for many years, but in addition, they have made indelible contributions to the theatre industry as a whole.
Held at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue), the Gala will begin with cocktails and a seated dinner, followed by a one-night-only show with performances from some of Broadway's brightest stars.
Gala funds will provide vital support for our wide range of programs serving theatregoers and theatre-makers. Tables begin at $10,000 and tickets are available for $1,250 and $750. We will also print a Gala Journal celebrating our three honorees, and advertisements in the Journal begin at $250. To purchase a table, tickets, or a Journal advertisement, or to make a donation in honor of the Gala, please click here. For more information about the Gala, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 212.912.9770, ext. *341.
6:30pm, Cocktails & Costume Display
7:30pm, Dinner & Program
8:30pm, Performance starring Jonathan Groff
Special appearances by Jan Maxwell & Laura Osnes. Hosted by Julie Halston. Music Direction by Andy Einhorn.
*performers subject to change
(From left to right: Jonathan Groff, Laura Osnes, Jan Maxwell, Julie Halston)
JONATHAN GROFF is currently starring at the Public Theatre as King George III in Hamilton. He will star in William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center as part of Encores Off Center series this June. For his performance in Spring Awakening, he received a Theatre World Award and as well as Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Other productions include: In My Life, The Submission (MCC), The Bacchae (Public), Hair (Public), Spring Awakening (Atlantic), Prayer For My Enemy (for which he won an Obie Award) and The Singing Forest (Public), Deathtrap (West End) and Red (Mark Taper). He has appeared in the films American Sniper, Frozen, The Normal Heart and Taking Woodstock. On television he was the star of HBO’s Looking, had a recurring role as Jesse St. James on FOX-TV’s Glee, and was a cast member of the Starz series, Boss.
JAN MAXWELL was most recently seen in City of Conversation at Lincoln Center, for which she was just nominated for 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. On Broadway she starred in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, where she was nominated for the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Helen Hayes and Fred Astaire Awards. Ms. Maxwell was nominated for two Tony Awards in 2010 – The Royal Family and Lend Me a Tenor. She won the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress for The Royal Family, Coram Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Sixteen Wounded (Drama Desk nomination), A Doll's House, The Sound of Music, The Dinner Party, Dancing at Lughnasa and City of Angels.
LAURA OSNES is currently starring as Julie Jordan in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. She was last seen on Broadway as the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for which she won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards. Laura also starred as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony nomination), Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes (Drama Desk nomination), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, and Sandy in Grease. Other recent New York credits include Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk nomination, City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman's Faust, and Pipe Dream; and Maria in The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. On television, she has performed in concert with Michael Feinstein, the New York Pops, the Pasadena Pops, the Phoenix Symphony, and earlier this season with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Ms. Osnes has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at the Cafe Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.
JULIE HALSTON is an award winning actress and veteran of countless Broadway shows. Currently she is rehearsing to appear in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Ever After. Earlier this season she was thrilled - and a little insane - to have run over from her show stopping turn in this season’s Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You (for which she’s just been nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards) to jump into the madcap world of On the Town with only a few days of rehearsal! She was also singled out last season for her performance in Charles Busch’s, The Tribute Artist, and her performance as Mother in the Kennedy Center production of The Guardsman. She has appeared in many Broadway and Off Broadway productions including Anything Goes, Hairspray, Gypsy, The Twentieth Century (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Divine Sister (Drama Desk nomination), Love Loss and What I Wore and numerous others. Miss Halston was a founding member of Mr. Busch’s now legendary theatre company, Theatre-in-Limbo and has co-starred with him in over ten productions. In addition to theatre, Miss Halston is known to television audiences as Bitsy Von Muffling from the smash hit Sex and The City, Tina Carmello from The Class and to younger audience members, as Antigone Carruthers from The Electric Company. Although primarily an actress, Miss Halston has won awards for her solo comedy pieces which she has performed all over the US including Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York.
ANDY EINHORN (Musical Director) boasts Broadway credits for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (OBCR), Evita (OBCR), Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza, and Sondheim on Sondheim (OBCR, Grammy nom.) He most recently served as the music director and conductor for the Broadway production of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway (OBCR). His tour work includes Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia!, and The Lion King. Einhorn has worked at Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Paper Mill Playhouse. He was principal vocal coach and pianist for Houston Grand Opera’s An Evening with Audra McDonald, a double-bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and LaChiusa’s Send. Einhorn has served as music director and pianist for McDonald since fall of 2011. They are currently on tour performing across the country including concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Teatro Real in Madrid. He has also music directed for Barbara Cook at Feinstein’s and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Other cast albums include Stage Door Canteen and McDonald’s newest release, Go Back Home. He served as the music director for HBO’s Peabody Award winning documentary Six by Sondheim and music supervisor for Great Performances Peabody Award winning special Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy on PBS.