The American Theatre Wing ‘Say YES to Artists Gala’ celebrated the legacy of Jonathan Larson and the Larson Family
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 Iconis, Michael R. Jackson, Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Golden Globe Award®, and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Shaina 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 Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and Grammy Award nominee Jason Tam; the cast of Love In Hate Nation, including, Sydney Farley, Amina Faye, Jasmine Forsberg, Lauren Marcus, Kelly McIntyre, Lena Skeele, Emerson Mae Smith, and Tatiana Wechsler; as well as two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega, Fredi Walker, and other members of the original RENT cast.
Red Carpet Photos
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 Greif, Patti LuPone, the Miranda family, James L. Nederlander, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Jordan Roth, Nick Scandalios, Philip Smith, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Brisa Trinchero, Sergio Trujillo, Aaron Tveit, and Robert Wankel. Pamela Barbey, CeCe Black, Meg Fofonoff, Lawrence Otis Graham and Pamela Thomas-Graham, Anki Leeds, Evan Shapiro, and Nadine Wong will serve as Gala Chairs. Heather Hitchens is President and CEO of The American Theatre Wing.
Photos: Melissa Griegel Photography