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the Oscar Hammerstein award & gala

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for lifetime achievement in musical theatre to

Andre De Shields

Tony and emmy award-winning actor

(Hadestown, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wiz, and more)

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And the York founders' award to

Riki Kane Larimer

award-winning broadway and off-broadway producer

(Cagney, Enter Laughing: The Musical)

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DIRECTED BY

MICHAEL UNGER

TICKET LEVELS:

Diamond Table | $25,000

Twenty VIP Tickets
Exclusive VIP cocktail reception with honorees and celebrities at 6pm
Option of having two Special/Celebrity Guests join your tables
Two Prominent VIP Tables at Dinner and Program
Prominent Gala Recognition
Billing on the title page in the Journal
Recognition from the stage at Edison Ballroom during the gala
Full-Page Ad in the Journal
Listing in The York Theatre Company 2019/20 Programs
For you and your guests: One Complimentary Ticket to a York Mainstage Production 2019/20 Season (total 20)
For you and your guests: York Plus! Membership* (total 20)
* If you currently do not have a York Plus! Membership

Emerald Table | $10,000

Eight VIP Tickets
Exclusive VIP cocktail reception with honorees and celebrities at 6pm
One VIP Table at Dinner and Program
Full-Page Ad in the Journal
Listing in The York Theatre Company 2019/20 Programs
For you and your guests: One Complimentary Ticket to a York Mainstage Production 2019/20 Season (total 8)
For you and your guests: York Plus! Membership* (total 8)
* If you currently do not have a York Plus! Membership

RUBY | $5,000

Four VIP Tickets
Exclusive VIP cocktail reception with honorees and celebrities at 6pm
Premier Seating at Dinner and Program
Half-Page Ad in the Journal
Listing in The York Theatre Company 2019/20 Programs
For you and your guests: One Complimentary Ticket to a York 2019/20 Mainstage Production (total 4)
For you and your guests: York Plus! Membership* (total 4)
* If you currently do not have a York Plus! Membership

SAPPHIRE | $1,200

One VIP Ticket
Exclusive VIP cocktail reception with honorees and celebrities at 6pm
Premier Seating at Dinner and Program
Quarter-Page Ad in the Journal
Listing in The York Theatre Company 2019/20 Programs
York Plus! Membership*
* If you currently do not have a York Plus! Membership

PEARL | $650

One Ticket to the Cocktail Reception at 6pm
Seating at Dinner and Show
York Membership*
* If you currently do not have a York Membership

or call shana farr, director of development, at 212-935-5820, x214

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Give a 100% tax-deductible gift to honor the 28th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala Honoree André De Shields and The York Founders' Award Honoree Riki Kane Larimer.

The Oscar Hammerstein Award is named in honor of the legendary lyricist and librettist who helped shape American musical theatre through his collaborations with a number of different composers and writers.  The award was created in 1988 by Janet Hayes Walker, the Founding Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company, and is presented with the endorsement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein family.

The Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala is the major annual fundraising event of The York, a mainstay of the Off-Broadway scene for 50 years.  Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, Thomas Meehan, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Barbara Cook, Paul Gemignani, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty,  Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, and most recently, Susan Stroman

Previous Awards & Galas

2018 - susan stroman

The 27th Oscar Hammerstein Award was presented on Monday, November 12, 2018 to Broadway Award-Winning Director and Choreographer, Susan Stroman. In addition to Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire, and Matthew Broderick, the line-up of artists  included Lynn Ahrens, Sierra Boggess, Nick Cordero, Stephen Flaherty, John Kander, William Ivey Long, Terrence Mann, Debra Monk, Brad Oscar, Laura Osnes, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tiler Peck, David Thompson, Kaley Ann Voorhees, John Weidman, Tony Yazbeck, and Karen Ziemba, among a cast of 60 performers recreating some of Ms. Stroman's most memorable numbers from shows such as Crazy for You, Oklahoma!, Contact, And the World Goes ‘Round, Show Boat, Bullets Over Broadway, Steel Pier, The Scottsboro Boys, The Producers, and more.

2017 - tom jones & harvey schmidt

The 26th Oscar Hammerstein Award was presented on Monday, December 4, 2017 to Broadway legends Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt. The event also featured Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford, Robert Cuccioli, John Davidson, Rita Gardner, Adam Kantor, Judy Kaye, Norm Lewis, Samantha Massell, Michele McConnell, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Randy Rainbow, Ben Rimalower, Frances Ruffelle, Christopher Sieber, Lesley Ann Warren, Susan Watson, Well-Strung, Betsy Wolfe, and Freddie Gershon.

2016 - Joel Grey

The 25th Oscar Hammerstein Award was presented on Monday, December 5, 2016 to Broadway legend Joel Grey. The event also featured Carolee Carmello, Robert Creighton, Christine Ebersole, Sutton Foster, Bebe Neuwirth, Rory O'Malley, and Bernadette Peters.

2015 - angela lansbury

The York Theatre Company hosted the 24th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala on Monday, November 16th, 2015 in honor of Angela Lansbury.