At the gala, former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean will be on hand to bestow his eponymous Arts Advocacy Award to the evening's honoree, William V. Engel. The event is dedicated to the memory of world-renowned playwright Arthur Laurents.
McGillin received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his performances in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Anything Goes. He is perhaps best known for his record-setting performance in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Opel is currently on Broadway in Memphis. She received a Tony nomination for her work in Urinetown, Drama Desk nominations for her roles in The Toxic Avenger and Polish Joke, and an OBIE award for her performance in My Deah.
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