The Public Theater’s digital gala brings together over 50 stars
Note: This event has been postponed.
Marking yet another entry into the catalog of star-studded galas that have gone digital, the Public Theater’s annual affair will feature the likes of Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Antonio Banderas, Glenn Close, Audra McDonald, Sting, Danielle Brooks, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Oh, Claire Danes and a dizzying list of others.
The virtual event, titled “We Are One Public,” is set to stream June 1 at 8 p.m. and will be available to watch for free on the Public’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” will serve as the evening’s host.
In addition to a slate of songs, stories, performances and appearances from Public artists and alumni, the gala will honor “Law & Order” star Sam Waterston, who has appeared in over a dozen productions at the Public over the years — including “The Tempest” in 2015 as part of the theater’s famed Shakespeare in the Park program. Audrey and Zygi Wilf will also be recognized.
The online benefit will take the place of the theater’s annual gala typically held next to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The announcement comes on the heels of the Public’s decision to cancel this year’s Shakespeare in the Park season, marking the first time the theater has done so in 58 years.
Rounding out the list of over 50 performers are Laura Benanti, Todd Almond, Troy Anthony Burton, Michael Cerveris, Daniel Craig, Alicia Keys, Danaya Esperanza, Jane Fonda, Nanya-Akuki Goodrich, Brian d’Arcy James, John Lithgow, Phillipa Soo, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Nikki M. James, Margaret Odette, Kelli O’Hara, Phylicia Rashad, Jay O. Sanders, Liev Schreiber and Martin Sheen, among others.
“It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time the union of all these people coming together to celebrate the Public is exactly what the Public is all about,” Ferguson told AP News. “It’s about the people, the city and celebrating theater.”
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