Sunday, September 5, 2010

Broadway Stars Honor Schwartz at Westport Gala

Some of Broadway’s best and brightest talents will perform in a one-night-only salute to theater and film composer Stephen Schwartz at Westport Country Playhouse’s 2010 Annual Gala on Monday, Sept. 13.

Taking the stage in “The Magical Music of Stephen Schwartz” will be, in alphabetical order, Kate Baldwin, Darius de Haas, Andrew Lippa, Julia Murney, Christiane Noll, Steven Pasquale, Max Von Essen and Ben Vereen. In addition, Schwartz himself will perform. More artists will be announced soon. Many of the performers have a close affiliation with the Playhouse and are alumni of previous productions or galas there.

A book about Schwartz’s career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies. http://www.stephenschwartz.com.

Joe Calarco will helm the 2010 Gala production. Music director is Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

The fundraising evening, beginning at 6 pm, will include pre-show cocktails and sumptuous fare in the Playhouse garden to the sounds of Brazilian Jazz by the Joe Carter Quartet, performance and post-show champagne and dessert celebration. In addition, there will be a silent auction of unique and one-of-a-kind items throughout the evening.

Honorary gala chairs are Kate and Bob Devlin of Southport; gala chairs are Kim and Niv Harizman of Westport.

For more information or ticket purchases, call Kathryn Gloor at (203) 227-5137, ext. 122, or kgloor@westportplayhouse.org.

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