Dr. Charlotte K. Frank and Marvin Leffler Receive Town Hall's 'Friend of the Arts' Award at Gala, 10/21

Dr. Charlotte K. Frank and Marvin Leffler Receive Town Hall's 'Friend of the Arts' Award at Gala, 10/21

The Town Hall, New York City's landmark theatre and concert venue (123 West 43rd Street) honors two influential individuals: Dr. Charlotte K Frank, Senior Vice President of McGraw Hill and Chair of the Town Hall Arts and Education Committee, and Marvin Leffler, in recognition of 34 years as President of The Town Hall. They will receive The Town Hall's 'Friend of the Arts' Award on Sunday, October 21st, 2012. Michael Presser, Executive Vice President of The Town Hall will present the award, which is presented annually to individuals in recognition and appreciation for their abiding interest in the development, enrichment and support of the arts. For tickets to the Gala, call (212) 997-1003.

The Town Hall's Gala will begin at 5:45PM at the Princeton Club of New York. The event includes a matinee ticket to The Town Hall's Broadway Cabaret Festival's Broadway Originals! concert at 3PM. Broadway Originals! features Broadway stars reprising songs they introduced either in the original Broadway production or revival that have lit up the Great White Way these past 50 years. The evening is created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall.

Performers include Laura Osnes (pictured - Tony nominee, Bonnie & Clyde and upcoming star of Cinderella), Chad Kimball (Tony Nominated Star of Memphis), Alice Ripley (Tony Award Winner for Next to Normal/Tony Nominated for Sideshow), Tonya Pinkins (Tony Nominated star of Caroline or Change), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story), Tovah Feldshuh (Tony Nominated for Sarava), Barbara Walsh (Company), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell) and Mandy Gonzalez (Drama Desk Award Winner for In The Heights). (These tickets can also be purchased to Broadway Originals! without attending the Gala).

The Town Hall "Friends of the Arts" Award is presented annually to individuals in recognition and appreciation of their interest in the development, enrichment and support of the arts. Established in 1981, the award has been given to distinguished actors, musicians, business leaders and legislators. Past recipients include such luminaries as Judith Jamison, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Jacques d'Amboise, Beverly Sills, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Andrea Marcovicci, Jane Alexander, Eli Wallach, Sheldon Harnick, Wendy Wasserstein, Theodore Bikel, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Marilyn Horne, Gerald Schoenfeld, Merryl H. Tisch and Elaine Stritch.

Additional Broadway Cabaret Festival concerts, created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall, include: The Best of Broadway By The Year on Friday October 26 at 8pm featuring performances by Beth Leavel (Tony Award/The Drowsy Chaperone), Kerry O'Malley (On A Clear Day, Drama Desk Award/ Into The Woods), Lari White (Three Grammy Awards), Christine Andreas (Tony Nominations/On Your Toes and Oklahoma), Christina Bianco (Drama Desk Nominee/Forbidden Broadway), Carole J. Bufford (Bistro Award Winner), Jeffry Denman (Drama Desk Nominee/Yank), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray), Jason Graae (A Grand Night For Singing), Scott Coulter (Award Winning Vocalist) and Noah Racey (Curtains). This past weekend, Linda Eder kicked off the festival with her show, Linda Eder, A New Life on Saturday October 13. For more information regarding the Broadway Cabaret Festival, visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.

DR. Charlotte K. Frank is Senior Vice President, Research and Development for McGraw-Hill Education of the McGraw-Hill Companies. She joined the company in 1988 from a nine year leadership role as Executive Director of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for the New York City Public Schools where she was also a teacher and supervisor. Dr. Frank has been the keynote speaker at major forums, e.g. Teachers College, Harvard University, Touro College, Mercy College and Bank Street College with a focus on comparing and contrasting school practices with the needs of the workforce for the twenty-first century. She provides leadership for the Annual Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize for those who have made a difference in education, as well as serving as the co-chair with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), "Operation Respect: Don't Laugh At Me". Dr. Frank has received more than 70 awards for her achievements in education. In March she received the East Meadow Jewish Center, L.I Tikkun Olam "Repairing the World" Award for her work in combating bullying as well as a proclamation from the Nassau County Legislative Assembly of the State of New York. Just this past April she was given a "salute" by The Bank Street College of Education. In June, Education Update awarded Dr. Frank "An Outstanding Educator of the Year", 2012 Award". During 2011, recognition was given by Mercy College, The National Leadership Principal's Leadership Institute (NPLI) and on December 1, 2011 she was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Hall of Fame. Dr. Frank is a recipient of the Hunter College Hall of Fame, which is in addition to Hunter's Professional Achievement Award and has been honored to be a Townsend Harris Medalist from the Alumni of the College of the City of New York. Dr. Frank graduated with a B.B.A. from CCNY, an MS.ED. from Hunter College, received her Ph.D. from New York University and is a N.Y.S. Regent Emerita.