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Natalie Cortez, Rachel deBenedet Join Lineup for Primary Stages Gala

By New York City
Rachel deBenedt
(© Tristan Fuge)
Rachel deBenedt
(© Tristan Fuge)
Natalie Cortez and Rachel deBenedet will join the previously reported Gregg Edelman and Billy Porter as performers at the annual Primary Stages November Night to Remember Gala. The event will be held at the Edison Ballroom on Wednesday, November 9 beginning at 6:30pm. Michael Lavine will serve as musical director and pianist.

This year's gala will honor the writers, lyricists, and composers who have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In addition, the entertainment portion of the evening will feature a selection of Pulitzer Prize-winning material.

The 2011 honorees are Edward Albee, David Auburn, Michael Cristofer, Nilo Cruz, Charles Fuller, Frank Gilroy, Sheldon Harnick, Beth Henley, Tom Kitt, James Lapine, Tracy Letts, David Lindsay-Abaire, Donald Margulies, Marsha Norman, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Robert Schenkkan, Stephen Sondheim, Alfred Uhry, Paula Vogel, Doug Wright and Brian Yorkey.

Funds raised by gala will benefit Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, PrimeTime Reading Series, commissions and workshops, and arts education programs.

Ticket and table prices range from $600 - $25,000. To purchase, and for additional information, call 212-840-9705 or e-mail

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