Light the Lights!

Thank you for being a part of

Light the Lights!
A Drama League Celebration

Monday, October 18, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Wayne Brady


Kandi Burruss


Tituss Burgess, André De Shields, Telly Leung, Bonnie Milligan, Josh Bergasse, Brenda Braxton, Jerry Mitchell, and more!

What a night to remember! We are so grateful for everyone who came to The Drama League event at The Players to toast our honoree, celebrate the return of in-person theater, and revel in our beautiful community of artists and arts advocates.

Some of our favorite moments included the gorgeous performances! Tituss Burgess, André De Shields, Telly Leung, Bonnie Milligan, and Paulie Pecorella brought the Anthems for the Future of Theater to life beautifully, performing these original compositions live for the first time. We got to meet some of the composers and hear from an alum of our New Visions/New Voices program, Katie Devin Orenstein, who shared essential insight into the power of Drama League programming.

There were many heartfelt moments from our host Kandi Burruss, as well as from Brenda Braxton, Jerry Mitchell, and Josh Bergasse, along with special video messages from Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen. Wayne also received a surprise video from Freestyle Love Supreme in his honor, and at the end of the night treated us all to an amazing freestyle of his own.

Check out the links below for photos of the event, press coverage, and our social media platforms where we will share some more highlights!  And if you are feeling inspired to help support The Drama League’s mission and programming, we hope you will spread the word – contributions to the Light the Lights Campaign can be made here:

View the amazing performances from the evening on our YouTube channel:

Don’t forget to peruse the journal, where you can find more about the artists who made the evening so special, and the programs that your participation helps make possible.

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With gratitude to all of the event supporters, but especially:



Venue Sponsor

Mary Jain
Joe Pizza

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