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EXCLUSIVE: Michael John LaChiusa and TheaterMania to Be Honored by Transport Group

The organization will also honor TheaterMania CEO Gretchen Shugart.

Michael John LaChiusa will be honored by Transport Group for his contributions to the American theater.
(© David Gordon)

Off-Broadway's Transport Group will honor Giant and First Daughter Suite writer Michael John LaChiusa,, and TheaterMania CEO Gretchen Shugart at its annual Gimme a Break! gala, to be held Monday, March 7, at the New York Times Center. They will be honored with the Transporting American Theatre Award for their significant contributions to the American Theatre.

LaChiusa is a five-time Tony Award nominee for his score and book for both Marie Christine and The Wild Party, and his libretto for Chronicle of a Death Foretold. He is also the author of See What I Wanna See, Hello Again, and Queen of the Mist, among other shows.

Shugart is CEO of, Inc., a media and technology company serving the performing arts industry through, OvationTix, and UK-based She is President of the Board of Directors of TheatreForward, a non-profit dedicated to advancing American theater, serves as a mentor in Columbia University's Master's Program in Technology, and serves on the overseers board of California Institute of the Arts.

The evening will feature Broadway stars sharing their "big break" moments in story and song, as well as the award presentation, cocktail and dessert receptions and a silent auction.

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