Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff

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The annual Primary Stages Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the extensive artistic development programs offered by the company, was held at the Edison Ballroom last night, November 1, 2010. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below.

Funds raised by the annual event benefit the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, PrimeTime Reading Series, commissions and workshops, and valuable arts education programs.

This year's honoree was the legendary Broadway Producer, Manager and Agent Samuel ‘Biff' Liff who received the Dedication to New Plays Award, which is given at the annual Gala to an individual or group who have made significant contributions to the advancement of new plays.

"Samuel ‘Biff' Liff is a living legend of show business," said Casey Childs, Founder and Executive Producer at Primary Stages. "In his seventy-plus year career - as a stage manager, producer and agent - few people have influenced as many artists. Primary Stages Dedication to New Plays Award has a tradition of celebrating those individuals, like Biff Liff, who have been significantly instrumental in the creation of new work."

Past gala honorees have included Patti LuPone and The Baruch-Routh-Frankel-Viertel Group (2008), Daryl Roth and Jack O'Brien (2007), Julie Harris (2006), Susan Stroman (2005), Horton Foote and Primary Stages Founder and Executive Producer Casey Childs (2004), Harvey Fierstein (2003), A.R. Gurney (2001), John Guare (2000), Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1998), Stephen Sondheim (1997), Wendy Wasserstein (1996) and Terrence McNally (1995).

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Primary Stages Gala 2010

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Honoring Samuel 'Biff' Liff

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Michael Lavine Musical Director at reherasl

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Brian Cassier (Bass) and Michael Lavine

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Primary Stages Board-Casey Childs (Founder/Executive Director), Elliot Fox (Managing Director) and Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director)

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Elizabeth Wilson

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Casey Childs and Elizabeth Wilson

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Elizabeth Wilson and Samuel 'Biff' Liff

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Samuel 'Biff' Liff

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Alison Fraser

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Lani Sundsten and Manny Azenberg

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Kathleen Clark

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Tony Walton and Gen Walton

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Samuel 'Biff' Liff and Chita Rivera

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Tony Walton

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Michael David

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Chita Rivera

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
John Glover

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Marni Nixon

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Michael Lavine, Bonnie Langford and Marni Nixon

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Willy Holtzman

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Angela Lansbury

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Angela Lansbury

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Samuel 'Biff' Liff and Chita Rivera

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Chita Rivera

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Chita Rivera and Samuel 'Biff' Liff

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Marni Nixon and Chita Rivera

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Michael Wilson

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Tom Viertel

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Sara Wordsworth, James-Allen Ford and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
A.R. Gurney

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
A.R. Gurney and Elizabeth Wilson

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff
Casey Childs and Carol Ostrow

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Honors Samuel 'Biff' Liff

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