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Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award

Last night The York Theatre Company honored the musical theatre writing team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in a "Fantastick" gala concert and award ceremony directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. The 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented to the legendary team (The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) at the event held at the Asia Society on Park Ave in NYC and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out photo coverage below!

The lengthy 2 1/2 hour concert wasn't long enough, and the RJ directed event helmed by music director Andrew Gerle probably should have been taped for a PBS or Netflix special.

The evening's entertainment featured a star-studded line-up of spectacular talent from Broadway and Beyond that included Samantha Bruce, Gretchen Cryer, Robert Cuccioli, Ava Della Pietra, Julian Fleisher, Nancy Ford, Andrea Frierson, Rita Gardner, Randy Harrison, Adam Kantor, Norm Lewis, Samantha Massell, Michele McConnell, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Randy Rainbow, Lee Roy Reams, Ben Rimalower, Frances Ruffelle, Christopher Sieber, Lesley Ann Warren, Susan Watson, Betsy Wolfe, The Hot Singing String Quartet Well-Strung, The Manhattan School of Music Musical Theatre Ensemble, and special guest Freddie Gershon. The York Theatre Company also bestowed the 2017 Founders Award upon Gerald Fisher and Robert Goldberg who have made distinguished contributions over the past 48-year history.

The Oscar Hammerstein Award is presented at an annual gala which benefits The York Theatre Company, and is presented with the endorsement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein Family. Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Harold Prince, C. Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Tom Meehan, Barbara Cook, Paul Gemignani, Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Angela Lansbury, and Joel Grey.

The York Theatre Company, now in its 48th year, is the only company in New York, and one of the few in the world, whose two-fold mission is to produce new musical works and rediscover musical gems from the past. The York's credits include more than 70 fully staged productions, more than 100 Mufti semi-staged readings, 35 cast albums, and commercial transfers that include the Broadway productions of Sweeney Todd (1989-90), and Souvenir (2005-2006).

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Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director, and David McCoy, Board Chair

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
David McCoy,Board Chair, Joan Ross Sorkin, Board Pres., James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director, Evans Haile, Executive Director, Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Richard Jay Alexander, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Harvey Schmidt, Kathryn Grant (Crosby), Tom Jones

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Rita Gardner, Tom Jones, Susan Watson

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Rita Gardner

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Robert Cuccioli, Christopher Sieber, Tom Jones, Lee Roy Reams

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Betsy Wolfe & Randy Harrison

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Riki Kane Larimer & Robert Cuccioli

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Richard Jay-Alexander & Frances Ruffelle

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Tom Jones & Jamie deRoy

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Will Hammerstein & Eda Sorokoff

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Samantha Massell & Ted Chapin

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
KT Sullivan

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Andrea Frierson

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Samantha Massell

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Frances Ruffelle

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Norm Lewis

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
WELL-STRUNG

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Barbara Barrie

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Kathryn Grant

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Justine Fleisher, Tracie Lynn Olivera, Michele McConnell

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Kathryn Grant & Ted Chapin

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Ben Rimalower

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Richard Skipper

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Rii Kane Larimer & Joel Grossman

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Frances Ruffelle & Jamie deRoy

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Andrew Gerle & Evans Halle

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Christopher Sieber & Richard Jay-Alexander

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Sandra McFarland & Richard Hillman

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
James Morgan

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Robert Cuccioli

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Stephen Sorokoff, Frances Ruffelle, Richard Jay-Alexander

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Adam Kantor

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Bill Castellino & Samantha Bruce

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Norm Lewis & Eda Sorokoff

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Well-Strung, Richard Jay-Alexander, Ellen Weiss

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
James Morgan, Andrew Hammerstein, Joan Ross Sorkin, Evans Haile

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Bob Donahue & Lee Roy Reams

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Curtain Call, The Cast

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
The York Theatre Company, The Oscar Hammerstein Award 2017

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
Richard Jay-Alexander, Andrew Gerle, Tom Jones

Photos: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
The York Theatre Company, Oscar Hammerstein Award 2017, James Morgan & David McCoy


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