Photo Coverage: Andrew Rannells, Alison Fraser, et al. at Abingdon Theatre Company's 2011 Gala
The fabulous Lypsinka, Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming (CABARET, "The Good Wife"), and Tony nominees Alison Fraser (SECRET GARDEN, ROMANCE/ROMANCE) and Andrew Rannells (BOOK OF MORMON) all made appearances at Abingdon Theatre Company's 19th Annual Benefit Gala yesterday, October 24 at Espace, honoring Charles Busch, Julie Halston and Timothy P. Speiss. Beth Leavel, a Tony winner for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE emceed the gala. Carl Andress, who helmed Busch's THE DIVINE SISTER, THE THIRD STORY, DIE MOMMIE DIE! and SHANGHAI MOON, directed.
BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and brings you full photo coverage below!
The evening honored playwright and actor Charles Busch (THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, THE DIVINE SISTER, THE LADY IN QUESTION, VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM); actress Julie Halston (THE DIVINE SISTER, HAIRSPRAY, GYPSY, THE WOMEN, OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS); and businessman Timothy P. Speiss, who currently serves as Abingdon's Chairman of the Board.
Proceeds benefit Abingdon Theatre Company's mission to develop and produce new plays by American Playwrights.
Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced 64 new plays by American Playwrights exclusively. Their actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jan Buttram and Managing Director Samuel Bellinger, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through the utilization of a four-step development process: Page 2 Stage, Staged Readings, and Workout Labs, which culminate in Studio and Mainstage Productions. Currently at Abingdon Theatre Company is John Morogiello's new play BLAME IT ON BECKETT, set to open October 16, directed by Jackob G. Hofmann.
Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia
Liz Burns and Beth Leavel
Warren Kelley and Jackob Hoffman
Timothy P. Speiss and Guest
Carl Andress and Benjy Shaw