The Players To Hold Spring Gala 'Come Fly With Me'

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The Players To Hold Spring Gala 'Come Fly With Me'

The Players, New York's storied social club for the dramatic arts and its patrons, will be holding its Spring Gala on May 18 at the historic clubhouse on Gramercy Park.

Again this year, the Gala is being presented by the Young Players Society, a group of under-40 club members who produce programming and events for the membership.

This year's black-tie celebration for members, "Come Fly With Me," will include jazz from The Hot Toddies, burlesque performances by Velvetina Taylor, DJ Justin Woo, an open bar and extensive food stations. The Players is among New York's oldest private clubs, dedicated to promoting social interaction among members of the dramatic professions, literary and visual artists, and patrons of the arts.

Renowned actor Edwin Booth deeded his Gothic Revival mansion at 16 Gramercy Park South to the club in 1888, along with his extensive library and collections of art and theatrical memorabilia. Eminent figures of theatre, journalism, arts and literature, and commerce, including Mark Twain, Joseph Jefferson, and Stanford White served as incorporators of the The Players, which has remained in this historic location since its founding.

In recent years, The Players has experienced its most significant membership growth in generations, with expanded programming, social events, and member services. Its tradition of amiable socializing among members continues to make the clubhouse a destination for arts lovers and celebrated artists. Contemporary members include Jimmy Fallon, Bebe Neuwirth, Jim Parsons, Martha Plimpton, Charles Busch, and Phylicia Rashad.

The Players celebrates the rich cultural life of New York City with exclusive member-only events that include live performances, readings by leading authors and playwrights, film screenings, and dining in its famous Grill Room. More information about The Players may be found at or by emailing

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