With the help of theater icons like Stephen Sondheim and Bernadette Peters, the Dramatists Guild Fund will honor legendary playwrights, composers and lyricists who have impacted the American theater at their upcoming annual gala. The Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars celebration, hosted by Michael Urie, will be held at the Edison Ballroom New York on October 21.
In addition to Sondheim and Peters, performances and tributes will be given by theater luminaries like Pippin composer Stephen Schwartz with Ben Vereen, Michael John LaChiusa with Toni Collette, George C. Wolfe with Tonya Pinkins, Newsies composer Alan Menken with Jeremy Jordan, Big Fish composer Andrew Lippa with Norbert Leo Butz, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with Marin Mazzie, Theresa Rebeck with Julie White, The Bridges of Madison County's Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown with Steven Pasquale and Kelli O’Hara and John Guare with Elizabeth Marvel.
Directed by Noah Himmelstein, the annual gala will also honor patrons of the arts Roe Green, Founder and CEO of Roe Green Foundation, and Don Loftus, President of Parlux LTD, for their commitment to and support of the American theater. The committee for the gala includes Michael Alden, Simon Bergson, Stefany Bergson, Joseph A. Bierman, Robert H. Buchen, Deborah Dugan, Merle Duskin Kailas, Joan D. Firestone, Michael Gordon, Kevin Hager, Joanne Halev and Susan Laubach.