The American Theatre Wing ‘Say YES to Artists Gala’ celebrated the legacy of Jonathan Larson and the Larson Family


Jonathan Larson Project Cast

Seasons of Love Finale


The annual Gala celebrated the legacy of Jonathan Larson and the Larson family, dubbed “Say YES to Artists Gala.”

Theater Pizzazz’ Melissa Griegel was on the scene to capture the red carpet and the performance event on September 16 at Cipriani’s on West 42 Street.

The evening’s entertainment featured the work of composers and lyricists who have been the recipients of the Jonathan Larson® Grants, including Obie Award® winner Kirsten Childs, Tony Award® nominee Joe IconisMichael R. Jackson, Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Golden Globe Award®, and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek & Justin PaulShaina Taub, and, of course, Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Larson. Many of the artists will be making appearances to speak about their role in the Larson Legacy and vibrant one of a kind performances.

Performers for the evening included Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon; Tony Award winner Nikki M. James; the cast of The Jonathan Larson Project, including, Nick BlaemireLauren MarcusAndy MientusKrysta Rodriguez, and Grammy Award nominee Jason Tam; the cast of Love In Hate Nation, including, Sydney FarleyAmina FayeJasmine ForsbergLauren MarcusKelly McIntyreLena SkeeleEmerson Mae Smith, and Tatiana Wechsler; as well as two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-VegaFredi Walker, and other members of the original RENT cast.

Red Carpet Photos

Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley

James Nederlander

Jim Dale, Julie Schafler

Jordan Roth

Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Nikki M. James

Elizabeth Stanley

Felix Cisernos, Heather Hitchens

Hailey Kilgore

Sergio Trujilo, Jack Noseworthy

Tom Hiddleston

Diane Paulus, Elizabeth Stanley

Christopher Jackson, Brandon Victor Dixon

Lauren Marcus, Joe Iconis

Gala Photos


Julie Larson, David Henry Hwang

Love in Hate City Cast

Nikki M. James

Norm Lewis

Fredi Walker Browne, Daphne Rubin-Vega

Michael R. Jackson

Benj Pasek


The gala was produced by Lauren Class Schneider and Class Productions. Jennifer Ashley Tepper was producer/director of the concert portion of the evening with music direction by Natalie Tenenbaum. The musicians featured Julia Adamy, Rosa Avila, Cody Owen Stine, and Megan Talay

Honorary Co-Chairs include Michael GreifPatti LuPonethe Miranda familyJames L. NederlanderBenj PasekJustin PaulJordan RothNick ScandaliosPhilip SmithJennifer Ashley TepperBrisa TrincheroSergio TrujilloAaron Tveit, and Robert WankelPamela BarbeyCeCe BlackMeg FofonoffLawrence Otis Graham and Pamela Thomas-GrahamAnki LeedsEvan Shapiro, and Nadine Wong will serve as Gala Chairs. Heather Hitchens is President and CEO of The American Theatre Wing.

Photos: Melissa Griegel Photography