The Drama League to Honor Five-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald in February Gala

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The Drama League announced today that five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will be the Honoree of The Drama League's 29th Musical Celebration of Broadway, on February 11, 2013 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street).

"Audra McDonald, in my view, is the once-in-a-generation performer of our time," states Drama League Executive Director Gabriel Shanks. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor her achievements in film, television, recording, and in the theater."

The Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald will bring together 500 of New York City's most influential arts supporters, celebrities, and luminaries for a black-tie evening of cocktails, dinner, and the acclaimed, unforgettable musical revue. Featuring dozens of stars from film, television and theatre, the Musical Celebration of Broadway will feature songs from Audra's many Broadway triumphs, including Carousel, Ragtime, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Marie Christine, 110 In The Shade; her operatic and concert work, including her celebrated turns in Passion and Mahagonny; and her award-winning albums "Way Back To Paradise," "How Glory Goes," "Happy Songs" and "Build A Bridge."

The Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald raises much-needed funds for the vital education programs of The Drama League Directors Project. Since 1984, The Drama League has honored exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others, including Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chita Rivera, Rosie O'Donnell and Terrence McNally.

Since 1916, The Drama League of New York has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation's oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations.

Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League indelibly transforms the lives of artists and audiences by harnessing the unique social and creative dynamism of theatre. Its nationally-renowned, award-winning efforts have two vital goals: To train and nurture the artists of tomorrow and to deepen and strengthen the audience experience.

Serge Lutens is a Signature Sponsor of The Drama League Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald. Individuals and companies interested in Signature Sponsorship opportunities should call (212) 244-9494.

Ticket prices start at $750, which includes the cocktail reception, dinner, and all performances. For more information, please contact The Drama League at 212.244.9494 ext 27 or click on http://dramaleague.org.



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