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MTC's Winter Benefit with Leslie Uggams, Patrick Cassidy, and Kelli O'Hara January 24th

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB will present its annual Winter Benefit, "An Intimate Night," an evening featuring Broadway stars Leslie Uggams, Patrick Cassidy and KELLI O'HARA on Monday, January 24 at the Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South).

The evening begins with a 7pm cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 8pm and the show, conceived and directed by MTC Director of Artistic Production Michael Bush, at 9:15pm. All monies raised from this annual event will benefit MTC's extensive educational outreach programs, as well as its musical theatre and play development activities.

Leslie Uggams most recently appeared on Broadway as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She won the Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for Hallelujah, Baby!. She received a second Tony nomination for her performance in August Wilson's King Hedley II. On television, she appeared as "Kizzy" in Roots, which earned her a Critics Choice Award along with Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Patrick Cassidy is currently starring as Julian Marsh in the acclaimed Broadway revival of 42nd Street. He has also appeared on Broadway in Aida (as well as the national tour for which he won the 2002 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Touring Musical), Annie Get Your Gun, Pirates of Penzance and Leader of the Pack. His films include Longtime Companion, I'll Do Anything, I Won't Dance and Burning Love. He starred in the TV miniseries "Dress Grey" (Emmy nomination) and "Napoleon & Josephine."

KELLI O'HARA is set to star in Craig Lucas' and Adam Guettel's new musical The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center this spring. She recently played 19th century debutante Lucy Westenra in Dracula, The Musical. Before Dracula, O'Hara appeared on the Great White Way in Jekyll & Hyde, Follies and Sweet Smell of Success, in which she played the young female lead. Her other credits include Jekyll & Hyde on tour and My Life With Albertine at Playwrights Horizons.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, Manhattan Theatre Club has grown in three decades from a prolific Off-Off Broadway showcase into one of the country's most acclaimed theatre organizations. One of the only institutions in the U.S. solely dedicated to producing new plays and musicals, MTC develops and presents works of the highest quality by both established and emerging American and international playwrights. Significant productions include Craig Lucas's Reckless, David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof; Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning Love! Valour! Compassion!; the Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin'; Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart; and August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars. They are currently represented with the acclaimed production of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt.

Individual tickets for MTC's Winter Benefit, including cocktails, dinner and the show are available for $1,500, $1,000 and $750. Tables of ten are also available for $25,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500. For more information, call (212) 399-3000, ext. 146.

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