WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
This gala honors TheaterMania cofounder Darren Sussman for his visionary and innovative work on behalf of small and mid-sized performing arts organizations. The event features special guests, including honorary chair Harvey Fierstein, TheaterMania CEO Gretchen Shugart, and actor-comedian Mike Carlsen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). Also on the docket are performances from Grammy Award-winning musician Casey Benjamin; Grammy, Emmy, Tony Award winner and multi-Academy Award-nominated composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman; Courtney Bassett (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812); and Brooklyn United, a drum corps featuring performers under 18 years old. The event also includes a tribute to the late American playwright Sam Shepard. Directing the whole shebang is Tony Award winner Scott Wittman.