Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Theater for the New City and the National
Arts Club held a benefit for the theater's emerging playwrights program/
Founded in 1970, the theater gives emerging playwrights a space to test their new works.  Thirty
to forty new works are presented each year.
The theater has a resident program, an annual summer street play tour, a Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, and  a famous village halloween costume ball.
They discover new writing and nurture new playwrights, where a new vision can breathe and it brings theater and street theater  to the multi-ethnic and low-income neighborhoods in all five boroughs.  Each year, Crystal writes a new musical,
Phoebe Legere hosts and K.T. Sullivan sings at the benefit, where
Charles Busch received a special award, given by Sarah Jessica Parker.Phoebe is a composer, painter, a performance artist, pianist, who has appeared in Carnegie Weil Hall, and has written a musical and has released 11 CD's of original music and has appeared nationally and around the world. She has developed The Sneakers of Samothrace, a wearable computer for disabled children.
KT Sullivan has performed cabaret in NY forever.She recently appeared at the Kennedy Center.  She is a headliner at the Algonquin Hotel.  She has headlined at Carnegie hall, Lincoln  Center and around the world.LIZA MINNELLI presented her with the Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs Oustanding Female Vocalist Award.  She is the new artistic Director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation
                                          Charles Busch & friends
Charles Busch has a long and loving relationship to Theater for the New City.  He
returns to create his newest works, in an atmosphere free from censorship.
Crystal says" our budget is small, but our vision is great".
Betsy Van Furstenberg, and Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes sang the beautiful song,  "The Rose" with passion and deep emotional attitude  for the audience. She has a career of 40 years, in theater, film  and television.
She was the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" for  which she won the Tony.In 2003, she was inducted into
the Theater Hall of Fame.
 A beautiful dance performance was given by Kitty Lunn.  She works with on behalf of performing
artists with disabilities.  Other entertainers were Carol Freeman, vocalist, Luba Mason, singer and dancer, singer Drew Pulver, and Matt Morillo, playwright, and John Grimaldi, magician.
The beautiful event include a champagne cocktail hour and lovely sit-down dinner. The theater is located at 155 first avenue, at 10 st.

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