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Photo Coverage: Stars Salute Sheldon Harnick at 80th Birthday Gala

Award-winning stars of stage and screen performed highlights saluting the career of lyricist and composer Sheldon Harnick on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

A Gala celebration was held on Sunday evening May 2nd to benefit Encompass New Opera Theatre, a non-profit company specializing in development and production of new music-theater works and artists.

Harnick is co-Chair (along with John Kander) of the company's artistic Advisory Board.

The Gala event was held at the historic National Arts Club, at Gramercy Park in Manhattan. Stephen Sondheim serves as Honorary Gala Chair.

The wonderful couple! Margery and Sheldon Harnick

Glenn Close

Jeffrey Lyons (NBC's Theater and Film Critic) and Sheldon

Glenn and Alan Alda

Phil Donahue, Sheldon and Marlo Thomas

Glenn and Sheldon

Elisa Stein, Joseph Stein and Jenny Lyn Bader (Joseph Stein's daughter)

Alfred Molina, Glenn and Sheldon

Maya Gottfried, Charlotte Rae and Jane Lahr (Burt Lahr's daughter and granddaughter)

Sheldon, Randy Graff, Alfred and Joseph Stein

Jere Couture and wife Susan Birkenhead (Lyricist)

Sheldon, Celeste Holm and husband Opera Singer Frank Basile

Wally Harper (Musical Director, Pianist) and Barbara Cook

Sheldon makes a wish!

The party poses for the BroadwayWorld cameras

Sheldon posing with the gang!


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