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Stephanie J. Block, Sherie Renee Scott, Anthony Rapp & More to Perform at Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala, 5/5

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Stephanie J. Block, Sherie Renee Scott, Anthony Rapp & More to Perform at Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala, 5/5

Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala celebration will honor Carole Rothman, Artistic Director of Second Stage Theatre, for her 35 years of supporting new works and artistic development in New York City theatre. This year's rock n' roll themed gala will be attended by over 250 Second Stage Alumni who have worked at Second Stage Theatre during the past 35 years, from Brooke Adams and Polly Draper who appeared in the very first season, to cast members from the currently running The Substance of Fire and the upcoming American Hero which will make its New York premiere this summer at Second Stage Uptown. Special guests participating in the evening's festivities include Lynn Nottage, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Goldwyn, and more. Co-Chairs for this year's gala are Tony James, Tony Kiser, and George Loening.

The gala will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th street. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00pm; dinner and the performance begin at 7:00pm.

The evening's entertainment will include rock & roll performances by stars of Broadway and off-Broadway, including Second Stage alumni Sherie Rene Scott (Second Stage's Everyday Rapture), Stephanie J. Block (Tony nominee for Mystery of Edwin Drood; Second Stage's Little Miss Sunshine and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark), multi-Tony Award winner Julie White (Second Stage's Little Dog Laughed), Anthony Rapp (If/Then, Rent, Second Stage's Some Americans Abroad), Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County, Second Stage's Dogfight), and Betsy Wolfe (Second Stage's Everyday Rapture and The Last Five Years), and more! The performance will be directed by Scott Ellis, and feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli and musical direction by Carmel Dean.

Since its inception, Artistic Director Carole Rothman has led Second Stage with her fierce dedication to excellence and her commitment to supporting artists and the artistic process. Under Carole's guidance, Second Stage has grown from a 100-seat theatre on the 16th floor of a hotel to one of New York's most influential companies, launching plays and musicals that live on in countless productions around the country and the world. As a director, she won an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing and a Tony Award nomination for Best Director (Coastal Disturbances). She is the recipient of the Northwestern University Alumni merit Award.

The Gala will include drinks, dinner, and performance, as well as a live auction and after party. The 35th Anniversary Artistic Director's Table is priced at $35,000. Tables of 10 are priced at $25,000 (Gold Table) and $15,000 (Silver Table). Ticket pricing is as follows: $5,000 (Platinum Ticket), $2,500 (Gold Ticket), $1,500 (Silver Ticket), and $1,000 (Vinyl Table).

For ticket information call the Second Stage administration office (212) 787-8302, ext.118.

Photo Credit: Bill Westmoreland

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