Celebrating 50 Years








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Honoring Tony Kushner

Presenting James Lapine with the Inaugural TDF Founders Award

Special Musical Performance by Brandon Victor Dixon


Gala Chair

Betsy Miller

Gala Honorary Committee


Jane Alexander

Lucie Arnaz

Laura Benanti

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Alex Brightman

Danny Burstein and
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Geneva Carr

Kristin Chenoweth

Victoria Clark

Sandy Duncan

Melissa Errico

Joanna Gleason

Joel Grey

Jonathan Groff

Jeffrey and Paula Gural

Julie Halston

Ruth Hendel

Judith Ivey

Cherry Jones

Jane Krakowski

Linda Lavin

Andrew Lippa

William Ivey Long


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Jerry Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

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Leslie Odom, Jr.

Kelli O’Hara

Laura Osnes

Bernadette Peters

Chita Rivera

Stephen Sondheim

Jimmy Smits

Susan Stroman

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Gala Honoree

TONY KUSHNER’s plays include A Bright Room Called DayAngels in America, Parts One and TwoSlavs!Homebody/Kabul; the musical Caroline, or Change and the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, both with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The  Scriptures. He has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa.  He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels In America, and for Steven Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

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Founders Award Recipient

James Lapine collaborated with Stephen Sondheim as both librettist and director of the Broadway productions of Passion (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony Award) and Sunday in the Park with George (Pulitzer Prize).  With William Finn, Off Broadway shows March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later together on Broadway as Falsettos (Tony Award), and on A New Brain for Lincoln Center Theater, as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Award) on Broadway.  He also wrote and directed the plays Act One, Table Settings; Twelve Dreams (revived by Lincoln Center Theatre); Luck, Pluck & Virtue; The Moment When; and Menken/Schwartz’s musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin. On Broadway he directed Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde, which he co-conceived; the revivals of Annie and The Diary of Anne Frank; David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child; and for the New York Shakespeare Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale. He directed the films Impromptu, Life with Mikey and Earthly Possession, as well as the TV presentations of “Into the Woods” and “Passion.”

He has been a TDF Open Doors mentor since 2001 working with New York City high school students from Washington Irving High School, Bushwick High School, Murry Bergtraum High School, Louis D. Brandeis High School, High School of Law and Public Service, McKinney High School, Leadership and Public Service High School, and William Cullen Bryant High School.