Gemignani and Colella Join CAP 21 Spring Gala to Honor Maltby and Shire, 3/11

As previously reported, Collaborative Art Project (CAP) 21 will honor Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. and Academy Award Winner David Shire at their 2010 Spring Gala on March 11th. Several performers have been announced, including Alexander Gemignani, Jenn Colella, and Maltby's daughter, Charlotte Maltby.

The Gala will take place at the New-York Historical Society located at 2 West 77th St. NY. The reception will take place at 6:00 PM with a performance at 7:30 PM and dinner at 9:00 PM.

Proceeds from this event will support the Theatre Company at CAP21 and its projects. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Richard Maltby, Jr. conceived and directed the only two musical revues ever to win the Tony Award for Best Musical: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards. Tony Award for Best Director.) and FOSSE (Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards). On Broadway, he conceived and directed RING OF FIRE, THE Johnny Cash MUSICAL SHOW; and directed THE STORY OF MY LIFE. With composer David Shire, Maltby was the director/lyricist of the Tony-Nominated musical Baby, lyricist of Big, (Tony nomination: Best Score), and lyricist/conceiver of TAKE FLIGHT which received its world premiere in 2007 in London. Off-Broadway with Shire, Maltby was director/lyricist of STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW (Grammy nomination) and CLOSER THAN EVER, (two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score). With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, Maltby was co-lyricist of the musical MISS SAIGON (Evening Standard Award; Tony nomination: Best Score), and co-bookwriter/lyricist of THE PIRATE QUEEN. Maltby was also director/co-lyricist of the American version of Andrew Lloyd Webbe's SONG AND DANCE (Tony Award for Star, Bernadette Peters). Further, Maltby wrote the screenplay to "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Award, best screenplay). Maltby has a thirty year association with The Manhattan Theatre Club.

David Shire, an Academy Award and a two-time Grammy winner and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee, has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. On Broadway, he and lyricist Richard Maltby wrote the scores for the musicals BABY (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical) and BIG (Tony nomination for Best Score). His Off-Broadway scores, also written with Maltby, include Urban Blight at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Off-Broadway musical THE SAP OF LIFE. Shire and Maltby, with John Weidman, have written TAKE FLIGHT, a new musical which will have its American premiere at Princeton's McCarter Theatre in the spring of 2010. Shire's feature film scores include "Norma Rae" (Academy Award for Best Song, lyrics by Norman Gimbel), Francis Coppola's "The Conversation," "All the President's Men," "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3," "Short Circuit," "2010," "Farewell, My lovely," "The Hindenburg," "Return to Oz" and "Saturday Night Fever," which earned him two Grammy Awards. Television scores have garnered five Emmy nominations and include Glenn Close's "Sarah Plain and Tall," Christopher Reeve's "Rear Window," "Raid on Entebbe," Oprah Winfrey's "The Women of Brewster Place," Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles," and Neil Simon's "Jakes Women" and "Broadway Bound."

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