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Benefit Gala


 

2017 BENEFIT GALA

A Musical Celebration of Broadway

HONORING STEVE MARTIN

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017

NEW YORK CITY

This year’s gala was truly a night to remember!  The room brimmed with love for theater, for The Drama League, and for our honoree, Steve Martin.  We are so grateful to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, as well as to those who supported the event from afar!

An incredible line-up of artists performed throughout the evening, which was hosted by Kevin Kline.  There was Carol Kane, with a dramatic reading of “King Tut”; Ed Helms, in full mariachi gear, strumming a tune from ¡Three Amigos!; Lea DeLaria, singing an amazing rendition of “The Dentist Song” from Little Shop of Horrors; Orfeh, leading a kick-line to open the night; and even Kermit the Frog joined the festivities with a banjo performance of a song written by Steve Martin.  Additional performances by Jennifer Simard, Alex Brightman, Justin Guarini, Lauren Worsham, and the Manhattan School of Music Ensemble culminated in an epic tap-dance finale.  Relive the gala’s highlights with the press coverage and photos below!

Each number paid tribute to Steve Martin as one of the most prolific diversified performers in the entertainment industry today, with an award-winning three-decade career as a successful author, playwright, producer, actor, screenwriter, and comedian.  Among those gathered in attendance were industry professionals, artists, producers, Drama League members, and theater supporters, some of whom traveled across the country for the occasion.

The night was also a celebration of theater, arts advocacy, and The Drama League’s role in strengthening the theater community.  Through the tables and tickets purchased, as well as a silent auction, a paddle raise, and other contributions, the gala raised invaluable funds that help The Drama League fulfill its mission to provide essential resources, mentorship, and training opportunities to aspiring theater-makers.  Check out the Programs section of our website to learn more about the initiatives made possible by events like the gala!

All of us at The Drama League are especially grateful to acknowledge our generous sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, Official Airline of The Drama League; Sceneworks Studios, Major Supporter of the Benefit Gala; MAC Cosmetics, Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League; and Starbright Floral Designs, Official Florist of The Drama League.

SELECT PRESS COVERAGE OF THE 2017 BENEFIT GALA

NEW YORK POST
Cindy Adams Column:  How Steve Martin picked Amy Schumer for his Broadway show
November 8, 2017
 
THEATER PIZZAZZ
Drama League Celebrates Steve Martin
November 8, 2017

BROADWAYWORLD
Photo Coverage:  On the Red Carpet for the Drama League’s Tribute to Steve Martin
November 7, 2017
 
PLAYBILL
Photos: Inside the 2017 Drama League Gala Honoring Steve Martin
November 7, 2017
 
THEATERMANIA
Kermit the Frog, Ed Helms, Judith Light, and More Honor Steve Martin
November 7, 2017
 
VANITY FAIR
Vanities: Steve Martin Would Vote for Oprah and Tom Hanks in 2020
November 7, 2017

GETTY IMAGES
NY: The 2017 Drama League Benefit Gala Honoring Steve Martin
November 6, 2017
 
BROADWAY WORLD
BWW Morning Brief:  Call Sheet Highlight
November 6, 2017
 
CBS TV
“Sunday Morning”  Calendar: Week of November 6
November 5, 2017

THEATER PIZZAZZ
Drama League Celebrates Steve Martin
November 8, 2017

ABOUT THE HONOREE

Steve Martin is one of the most well-known and pervasive talents in entertainment and one of the most diversified performers in the industry today, a successful author, playwright, producer, actor, screenwriter, and comedian for more than three decades. His work has earned him an Academy Award®, five Grammy® Awards (two for comedy, three for music), the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Martin’s films are widely popular successes, such as The Jerk (1979, also screenplay); Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987); Roxanne (1987, also screenplay); Parenthood (1989); L.A. Story (1991, also screenplay); Father of the Bride (1991); and Bowfinger (1999, also screenplay). As an author, Martin’s work includes the plays Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Underpants; the best-selling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir, Born Standing Up. Steve Martin is also an accomplished Grammy® Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, Martin released his third full-length album, Love Has Come For You, a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell. Love Has Come For You won a Grammy® for “Best American Roots Song” for the title track and inspired their musical Bright Star, which opened on Broadway in March 2016 and received five Tony Award nominations and seven Drama Desk Award nominations, winning for Outstanding Music. Bright Star also won Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Martin and Brickell’s second album together, So Familiar, was released on Rounder Records and featured 12 new songs that brought the duo’s musical collaboration into fresh creative territory. Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will release their newest collaboration The Long-Awaited Album on Rounder Records on September 22, 2017.

The Drama League would like to thank our 2017 Benefit Gala Sponsors:

 

BENEFIT GALA SPONSOR

OFFICIAL AIR LINE OF THE DRAMA LEAGUE

 

OFFICIAL MAKE-UP PARTNER OF THE DRAMA LEAGUE

 

 

 



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