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American Theatre Wing Annual Spring Gala

ATW Board president Doug Leeds, honoree James Earl Jones, gala chair CeCe Black, ATW Board chairman Sondra Gilman, honoree Carol Channing, gala chair Chappy Morris, and honoree Tommy Tune
ATW Board president Doug Leeds, honoree James Earl Jones, gala chair CeCe Black, ATW Board chairman Sondra Gilman, honoree Carol Channing, gala chair Chappy Morris, and honoree Tommy Tune.

On June 4, The American Theatre Wing (ATW) held its annual Spring Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening honored acclaimed actors Carol Channing, James Earl Jones and Tommy Tune for their innovative and artistic accomplishments to the theatre. Over 340 guests helped raise about $500,000 for American Theatre Wing programs.

The American Theatre Wing is best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with the League of American Theatres and Producers.  The Wing's other activities, dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre, include “Working in the Theatre,” now in its 28th year of telecasts on CUNY TV in New York and on other national cable outlets; “Guides to Careers in the Theatre,” a video series developed for schools and libraries; a grants and scholarship program to New York City schools and not-for-profit theatre companies, which has awarded more than $2.5 million since its inception; the Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals; and SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to NYC.

James Earl and Ceci Jones, Jane Alexander and Edwin Sherin
James Earl and Ceci Jones, Jane Alexander and Edwin Sherin.

Pia Lindström, Rosemary Harris, Carol Channing, Sondra Gilman
Pia Lindström, Rosemary Harris, Carol Channing, Sondra Gilman.

Lucie Arnaz, Rob Marshall, Dee Hoty
Lucie Arnaz, Rob Marshall, Dee Hoty.

Raul Esparza, Martha Plimpton, David Pittu, and Ted Chapin
Raul Esparza, Martha Plimpton, David Pittu, and Ted Chapin.

Melissa Morris, Chappy Morris, CeCe Black
Melissa and Chappy Morris, CeCe Black.

CeCe Black, Rosemary Harris, Pia Lindstrom
CeCe Black, Rosemary Harris, Pia Lindstrom.

Jenn Gambetese, Josh Strickland
Jenn Gambetese, Josh Strickland.

Orfeh
Orfeh.

Photos: Shevett Studios, Anita and Steve Shevett
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