2017 BENEFIT GALA
A Musical Celebration of Broadway
HONORING STEVE MARTIN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017
768 Fifth Avenue • New York City
This fall, The Drama League of New York will hold its 34th Annual Benefit Gala in New York City, honoring Steve Martin, one of the most prolific diversified performers in the entertainment industry today, and his award-winning three-decade career as a successful author, playwright, producer, actor, screenwriter, and comedian.
On November 6th, Drama League members and industry professionals will gather to celebrate Mr. Martin is a celebration of theater and arts advocacy, At this event, industry professionals, Drama League members, and theater supporters gather for a black-tie celebration of theater and arts advocacy, featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction, an elegant three-course meal, and a one-night- only musical tribute in Mr. Martin’s honor, with performances by stars of both stage and screen. Past performers at The Drama League’s Benefit Gala have included Liza Minnelli, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick, Jr., Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Tony Bennett, Nick Jonas, and casts of Broadway’s hottest musicals. The Cast and Creative Team for the 2017 Benefit Gala will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Drama League Benefit Gala raises funds to support the organization’s programming and educational initiatives, including The Drama League Directors Project. This award-winning initiative, which began in 1984 and whose alumni now number over 300, has been instrumental in launching the careers of many acclaimed theater directors including Tony Award winners Rebecca Taichman (Time and The Conways), Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), Sam Gold (Fun Home), Diane Paulus (Waitress), Pam MacKinnon (The Parisian Woman), Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Burn This), and John Rando (Gettin’ The Band Back Together); Tony Award nominees Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg), Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812), Moritz von Steulpnagel (Present Laughter) and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson); as well as OBIE and Emmy Award winners Lear deBessonet, R.J. Cutler, Anne Kaufmann (Marvin’s Room), and Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), to name a few. ‘Drama League Directors’ have been honored with Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Obie, Peabody, Drama Desk, GLAAD, Drama League, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Evening Standard, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, Princess Grace, Garland, Drama-Logue, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, and have directed films and plays that received Academy Award nominations and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Drama League has been at the forefront of the American theater community since 1916, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for- profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs.
The Drama League gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, the Official Air Line of The Drama League; MAC Cosmetics, the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League; and Starbright Floral Designs, Official Florist of The Drama League.
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