Broadway, Hollywood Stars to Align for Atlantic Theater Company's 2016 ACTORS' CHOICE Gala

Atlantic Theater Company will present their Annual Gala on Monday, March 7, 2016 at The Pierre (2 East 61 Street). Actors' Choice will celebrate Atlantic's actors with a fabulous evening of unexpected songs, honoring David Richenthal and the Richenthal Foundation for their long-term support of Atlantic's mission.

This year, Atlantic asked a slate of favorite Atlantic actors to choose a song they love and a favorite musician to perform it. Directed by Neil Pepe with musical direction by Matt Gallagher, Actors' Choice will be an evening of unexpected songs and celebration.

The gala will feature performances and appearances by include Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can, "Bloodline"), Golden Globe & Emmy Award winner Ted Danson ("Cheers," "Fargo," "CSI"), Kathryn Erbe (The Father, "Law & Order), Will Forte ("Saturday Night Live," "Last Man on Earth," Keanu), Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, Short Term 12), Emmy Award nominee T.R. Knight (It's Only a Play, "Grey's Anatomy"), Zosia Mamet ("Girls," "Mad Men," The Kids are Alright, Really Really), Singer songwriter Ingrid Michaelson (albums Be OK, Lights Out), Jessica Molaskey (Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, The Who's Tommy), Emily Mortimer ("The Newsroom," Shutter Island, Match Point, Parlour Song), Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades of Grey, "The River"), Tony Award nominee Alessandro Nivola (The Elephant Man, Selma), Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant ("Justified," "Deadwood," Hold on to Me Darling), Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (The Bandstand, Cinderella, The Threepenny Opera), Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil ("The Good Wife," Follies, The Threepenny Opera), Grammy Award-nominated Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli (Dream), Obie Award winner Adam Rapp (Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Red Light Winter), Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars, Lackawanna Blues, Skeleton Crew), Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Prodigal Son, Storefront Church), Blues musician Bill Sims, Jr. (Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra), Academy Award-winning Ensemble member Mary Steenburgen ("Justified," "Last Man on Earth"), Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live," Sleeping with Other People), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. ("The Wire," Pete's Dragon, Chi-Raq, Farragut North), Olivia Wilde ("Vinyl," "House MD," Tron), and Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner Doug Wright (I am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Posterity).

The Gala will begin at 6:30pm at The Pierre with cocktails kindly provided by Davos Brands (http://www.davosbrands.com/), followed by a three-course dinner at 7:30pm, a live auction, and star-studded musical entertainment.

Gala ticket prices begin at $1,000 and may be purchased by contacting 646-216-1086 or gala@atlantictheater.org

Auction services will be provided by James G. Niven, Chairman of Sotheby's Inc. Among the packages available for bidding are:

· A escape to the wine country of Argentina with a 3-night stay at the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires (www.fourseasons.com/buenosaires/) plus a 3-night stay at the beautiful Vines of Mendoza (www.vinesofmendoza.com/) vineyard including a personal wine blending experience and private dining.

· A luxurious trip to France with a 2-night stay at the Four Seasons George V in Paris (http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/) and dinner for four guests at the renowned Benoit by Alain Ducasse (http://www.alain-ducasse.com/en/restaurant/benoit) plus a 4 night stay at a private home in the incomparable seaside resort town Villefranche-sur-Mer with dinner for four at Alain Ducasse's La Trattoria - Sporting Monte Carlo in Monaco (http://www.alain-ducasse.com/en/restaurant/la-trattoria-%E2%80%93-sporting-monte-carlo).

· A retreat to a desert oasis with a 3-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (http://www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb/) plus a 3-night stay at the Six Senses Resort Zighy Bay in Oman (http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zighy-bay/destination).

· Plus film set tours, behind-the-scenes access to theater premieres, and dinners with Atlantic's celebrity friends on both East and West coasts.

The annual Gala is Atlantic's most important fundraising event of the year. Gala contributions make up more than 25% of the total donations to Atlantic in an entire season and will benefit Atlantic's productions, new play development and arts education initiatives for more than 3,500 public school students across New York City. These programs give children from underserved backgrounds the increasingly rare opportunity to express themselves creatively and promote in-school engagement.

Photo Credit: Norbert Leo Butz, Jason Sudeikis (Walter McBride); Laura Osnes (Anna Webber/Getty Images); Mary Steenburgen (Lisa O'Connor/ZUMAPRESS.com)




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