Caruso, Hilty, Urie & White Join The New York Pops for 40th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall

Cast for Carngegie Hall Barry Manilow gala gets bigger.

By: Apr. 14, 2023
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Caruso, Hilty, Urie & White Join The New York Pops for 40th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall

Jim Caruso (Broadway's Liza's at the Palace!, seven-time Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award winner); Megan Hilty (Broadway's Wicked and 9 to 5, NBC's Smash); Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Modern Family, Younger) and Lillias White (Tony Award Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in The Life), will now join The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, for its 40th Birthday Gala, This One's For You: The Music of Barry Manilow, honoring the Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning icon, on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

Michael Urie serves as co-host of the evening alongside Steven Reineke. Previously announced guest artist Betty Buckley is no longer able to join as part of the Gala concert evening.

Jim Caruso, Megan Hilty, Michael Urie and Lillias White join previously announced guest artists from across the recording industry and the Broadway community who will come together to pay tribute to their inspiration Barry Manilow, including Erich Bergen, Charo, Deborah Cox, Norm Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Max von Essen, and Dionne Warwick. The evening also includes appearances by cast members from the off-Broadway cast of Manilow's musical Harmony, including Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, and Steven Telsey.

The celebratory concert will feature music from Manilow's wide-ranging catalog. His unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging, and producing. He is also a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee who has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.

The New York Pops 40th Anniversary Birthday Gala additionally celebrates Corporate Honoree Tamara Alesi, CEO at Mediaplus North America, as well as Legacy Honorees Patty and James Read, who are being honored for their many years of support to The New York Pops.

Proceeds from the Gala support the organization's PopsEd music education programs. The concert is followed by a black tie optional dinner and dance at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Concert Information
This One's For You: The Music Of Barry Manilow
Monday, May 1, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Barry Manilow, Music Honoree
Tamara Alesi, Corporate Honoree
Patty and Jim Read, Legacy Honoree

Michael Urie, Co-Host

Guest Artists
Erich Bergen, Jim Caruso, Charo, Deborah Cox, Megan Hilty, Norm Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Max von Essen, Dionne Warwick, Lillias White

With The Comedian Harmonists from Harmony:
Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Steven Telsey

Kids on Stage Students, Brian Worsdale, Director
The Camp Broadway Ensemble, Theo Lencicki, Director/Choreographer, Christine Riley, Music Director

Gala Chairs
Clive J. Davis
Sunny Sessa, Producer
David & Jacqueline Siegel, Westgate Resorts
Merck Mercuriadis, Chief Executive Officer, Hipgnosis Songs Management
Tom Postilio & Mickey Conlon, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Richard Weitz, Co-Chairman, WME

Gala Co-Chairs
Jennifer Dalipi, Founder, President, Whoashla Consulting,
Ken Davenport
Doug Davis, Founder & Principal, The Davis Firm, PLLC
Michael Feinstein
Kevin Gore
Garry C. Kief
Michael Klein, Klein Investment Group
Susan Kravitz, Head of Commercial Partnerships, Americas, SeenThis
Alissa Pollack, Executive Vice President Global Music Marketing, iHeartMedia
Michael Rosen, Former Chief Revenue Officer, Intersection; President, Rosen Advisory Group
Jared Saft & Cami Christensen, Westgate Resorts
Alexa Sanchez, SVP, Executive Client Partner, Razorfish

American Airlines is the Official Airline of The New York Pops.

Ticket Information
Dinner Dance tickets include a tax-deductible donation and can be purchased by calling 212-765-7677. Tickets to the full gala evening range from $1,750 (concert and dinner seating for one) to $100,000 (premier concert seating and VIP seating for sixteen). Availability is limited.

Concert-only tickets are additionally available via, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th and Seventh.

About the Artists
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, and is among the venue's most presented ensembles. Now in its milestone 40th season, The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs. The New York Pops performs annually in Queens, NY at Forest Hills Stadium, a 14,000-seat historic concert venue.

The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's evolving songbook. Every concert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with influences ranging from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. Under Reineke's dynamic leadership, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music.

Through its PopsEd music education programs, The New York Pops fulfills its dedication to lifelong learning by collaborating with public schools, community organizations, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.

The New York Pops is committed to serving all members of the community. Through its Kids in the Balcony and Kids in the Stadium programs, thousands of children and their parents have had an opportunity to see The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and Forest Hills Stadium free of charge.

The New York Pops was founded by Ruth and Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage through presentation of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income.

Follow The New York Pops on Facebook (, Instagram (@thenewyorkpops), and Twitter (@thenewyorkpops).

Steven Reineke has established himself as one of North America's leading conductors of popular music and is in his second decade as Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he is Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and his extensive North American conducting appearances include Dallas, Detroit and the Ravinia Music Festival.

On stage, Mr. Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds hip hop, R & B, Broadway, television and rock including: Maxwell, Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Cynthia Erivo, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton and Ben Folds, amongst others. In 2017 he was featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" leading the National Symphony Orchestra - in a first for the show's 45-year history - performing live music excerpts in between news segments. In 2018 Reineke led the National Symphony Orchestra with hip hop legend Nas performing his seminal album "Illmatic" on PBS's Great Performances.

As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio (2020 Alumnus Distinguished Achievement Medal), where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband Eric Gabbard.

About the Music Honoree
In a world forever striving for peace, could Barry Manilow be the answer?" cited The Washington Post after Barry Manilow's headlining performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. "Among the few things one can count on in life: the taste of McDonald's cheeseburgers, 'I Love Lucy' reruns are still funny-and Barry Manilow never wearing out his welcome at the top of the charts" (Billboard Magazine).

Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Manilow is one of the world's all-time best selling recording artists. His success is a benchmark in popular music. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 top ten hits. Rolling Stone crowned him "a giant among entertainers...the showman of our generation," and Frank Sinatra summed up Manilow best when Ol' Blue Eyes told the British press, "He's next."

His residency in Las Vegas, Manilow: Las Vegas - The Hits Come Home!, made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences and was awarded the Best of Las Vegas awards for Best Resident Performer/Headliner and Best New Show. In 2017, Barry Manilow received the BMI Icon Award and is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

Photo credits: Jim Caruso by Matt Baker; Megan Hilty by Tony Matula (MA2LA); Michael Urie by Jenny Anderson


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