Photo Coverage: Sheldon Harnick Honored By New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Even though Sheldon Harnick was playing the violin in his High School's Gilbert & Sullivan productions... "I could still hear the lyrics", he wrote in his alumni magazine of Northwestern University. Harnick continued, "At that time I was turned on by the patter songs, so I began to familiarize myself with Gilbert and Sullivan. I was more fascinated by the virtuosity than anything else. Little by little, I also realized what a fine poet Gilbert was and how imaginative he was, even in the slower songs. So he became an enormous influence."
Last night the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning lyricist was presented with the first Albert Bergeret Living Legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan Award by Albert Bergeret the Artistic Director/General Manager of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players at the historic Players Club in New York City.
Albert Bergeret noted that when speaking with Sheldon about the many previous honors he has received during his long career, Harnick mentioned that a NYGASP tribute would have more specific meaning to him than others because of it's connection to W.S. Gilbert's influence and the history of G&S.
Since The Players founding by Edwin Booth in 1888 it's townhouse in Gramercy Park has been a place where some of the most memorable theatrical events have taken place and The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Gala last night was certainly one of them as they honored Sheldon Harnick. Laura Benanti, a close friends of the Harnicks appeared at the end of the program and performed She Loves Me in 15 minutes or less.
BroadwayWorld was there for the big night. Check out the photos below!
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