American Theatre's 25th Anniversary Benefit

Benefit Photos

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About the Event:

American Theatre's 25th Anniversary Benefit was held on Monday, April 20, 2009 at Studio 450 (450 West 31st Street @ 10th Avenue, New York, NY.) There were 360° views of New York City, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and American Theatre’s Celebrity Piano Bar.

American Theatre’s Celebrity Piano Bar Program Highlights:


American Theatre’s Celebrity Piano Bar opened.
Argentinean tango-jazz pianist Emilio Solla played excerpts from his new musical. His next performance was held at the Jazz Standard on June 23.


Laura Osnes performed ‘OVER THE RAINBOW.’
Laura starred as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. She sang about the dream that fueled her journey from the Minneapolis Children's Theater Company to Broadway.


Michael John left a Giant in Virginia!
For one night only, Michael John LaChiusa left the world premiere of his musical Giant at the Signature Theatre in Virginia, to join his friend and Mary Testa for a little cabaret in the piano bar.


Editors’ Toast
Jim O’Quinn and our surprise guest playwright, Taylor Mac: an actor, songwriter, director, visual artist and activist, gave a toast.


AMERIVILLE conquered Louisville!
Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz and their theatre company UNIVERSES performed an excerpt from AMERIVILLE, the opening selection of the 2009 Humana Festival at The Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Honorary Committee:

Anne Bogart
Eric Bogosian
Nilo Cruz
Olympia Dukakis
Oskar Eustis
Richard Foreman
David Henry Hwang
Tony Kushner
Michael John LaChiusa
Ming Cho Lee
Suzan-Lori Parks
Marian Seldes
Lindy Zesch


Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz of Universes

Special Performances in American Theatre's Celebrity Piano Bar by:

Laura Osnes Johnson, starred as Nelly Forbush in South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre, winner of the role of "Sandy" on the televised Grease: You're the One that I Want! competition and Sandy in the 2007 Broadway run of Grease.

Michael John LaChiusa, Tony Award-nominated American musical theatre composer, lyricist and librettist best known for complex, musically challenging shows such as Hello Again, Marie Christine, The Wild Party and See What I Wanna See.

Marc Kudisch, starred in Joe Mantello-directed Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 with Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty as Franklin Hart, Jr.

Mary Testa, two-time Tony Award nominee, for performances in revivals of Leonard Bernstein's On the Town and 42nd Street.

…and other surprise guests.

Catering by:

James Chew Events and Catering (read interview)

Piano Bar décor provided by:

Specialty Cocktail provided by:

Private Brands, Inc.

Video production by:


Lighting equipment provided by:

PRG Scenic Technologies


Photography provided by:

Bird Ink Photography

Flowers provided by:

Surroundings Flowers & Events

Special Thanks to:

Studio 450, G.E.M Audio Services, Inc, Beethoven Pianos, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Jeffery Alan Associates, Dawn Chiang, John Burkland, Kenny Cahall, Steven Sapp & Mildred Ruiz and UNIVERSES, Emilio Solla, Michael John LaChiusa, Mary Testa and Laura Osnes.