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Max von Essen, Kate Baldwin, and More Set for Transport Group's Gimme a Break! Gala

The event will honor and Michael John LaChiusa.

Max von Essen will perform at this year's Transport Group Gimme a Break! gala.
(© David Gordon)

Broadway vets Kate Baldwin (John & Jen), John Cariani (Something Rotten!), Marc Kudisch (Hand to God), Julia Murney (Wicked), Mary Testa (First Daughter Suite), and Max von Essen (An American in Paris) will perform at this year's Transport Group Gimme a Break! gala on March 7 at the New York Times Center.

The event will honor Giant and First Daughter Suite writer Michael John LaChiusa, as well as and TheaterMania CEO Gretchen Shugart, with the Transporting American Theatre Award for their significant contributions to the American Theatre. Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston hosts the performance and award presentation.

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 Theatre Forward, a nonprofit 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.

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