Garry Marshall Theatre Gala Will Honor PRETTY WOMAN Producer Paula Wagner
The nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre celebrates starting its second year with support from the entertainment industry and both the Broadway and Los Angeles theatre community for the Second Annual Founder's Gala with performances including the reuniting of Hairspray stars, Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and Broadway favorite Paul C. Vogt.
Preparations for an extraordinary al fresco evening are under way and set to welcome Broadway talent, industry leaders, community ambassadors and patrons of the arts. The 2018 Gala will be held on November 13th - Garry Marshall's birthday and lucky number. This year, the nonprofit will honor Broadway Producer Paula Wagner and legendary agent/manager Rick Nicita. The wife and husband power couple will receive the Founder's Award for their unwavering commitment to storytelling in all forms and their long-term collaborations with Garry Marshall culminating in the Broadway musical Pretty Woman.
The evening will also recognize Los Angeles playwright Josefina López whose play Real Women Have Curves opened the theatre's second season helmed by an all-woman production team, creative team, design team and cast; and runs through November 18, 2018.
A special performance by Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won the Tony Award for her performance as 'Tracy Turnblad', and Paul C. Vogt, who played 'Edna Turnblad' on Broadway and in Las Vegas, will reunite the two stars that met on the former Falcon Theatre stage in the first incarnation of Marshall's Happy Days the Musical. Also set to perform is Broadway star and recording artist Terron Brooks with Rachael Lawrence. Appearances by Hollywood royalty Hector Elizondo, TV icon Jai Rodriguez and Emmy-winner Carolyn Hennesy are slated to join actors Jack McGee and Christine Lakin who will host the live auction portion of the evening.
With Artist Directors Joseph Leo Bwarie and Dimitri Toscas prioritizing community reach and focusing the theatre's narrative on the legacy and future of American storytelling, the Founder's Gala will support this season and the venue's marshallARTS Family Series that presents programming for families, children and the community at large.
A pioneer in situational and romantic comedies, Garry Marshall built this live arts facility as a gift to the city because he believed a shared experience strengthens community and creates family. He believed that there should always be something for the children. And he believed in the spirit of teamwork. The Founder's Gala serves as an annual reminder that it takes a village to bring quality live arts to life and that a legacy is shaped and made possible by many. With Marshall's unexpected passing in 2016, the theatre he funded for twenty years, was left without an endowment. It is with great determination that Barbara Marshall leads the charge in building a legacy of arts and entertainment that her husband spent his life creating. Alongside Barbara, the Founder's Gala is chaired by the Board of Directors: Cathy King, Jan Breslauer, Esq., Andrea Davis, Heather Hall, Scott Kay, Joan Boyett and Garry's daughter and theatre producer Kathleen Marshall LaGambina.
Garry Marshall Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing innovative performances, educational opportunities, and storytelling activities for all ages, year-round. Located in the heart of Burbank and Toluca Lake's media district, the critically acclaimed and Ovation Award-winning 130-seat theatre was founded in 1997 as the Falcon Theatre by Hollywood legend Garry Marshall. Re-established as the Garry Marshall Theatre in 2017, the theatre continues to cultivate new artists and experiences that spark ideas, elicit conversation and build community.
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