Sag Harbor, NY - June 4, 2015 - Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 24th Bay Street Annual Summer Gala which will take place in Sag Harbor at the Long Wharf on July 11, 2015 to benefit Bay Street’s educational and theatrical programs.
Bay Street Theater and Dreamworks Theatricals present a premiere concert reading of the first act of the new stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt; book by Philip LaZebnik (writer of Mulan, Pocahontas) and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). The show will feature Broadway and film stars including Norm Lewis (Porgy & Bess, Phantom of the Opera, Scandal) and Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship, Les Miserables, This is Where I Leave You).
The gala will honor The Honorable Timothy Bishop and Joe Pintauro.
The Honorable Timothy Bishop As a representative for New York’s 1st congressional district, Bishop served most of central and eastern Suffolk County and secured more than $150 million for projects within his district. He was widely viewed as one of the Congress’ strongest advocates for access and affordability for students pursuing Higher Education. Prior to serving in the United States Congress from 2003-2015, Bishop was an administrator at Southampton College of LIU for 29 years, the last 16 of which he spent as Provost. Recently named distinguished professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service at St. Joseph’s College, he resides in Southampton with his wife Kathy. The couple has two daughters, Molly and Meghan, and a grandson, Nathan.
Joe Pintauro a noted playwright, poet, and novelist. His play Men’s Lives was the inaugural production of Bay Street Theater. His novels are Cold Hands and State of Grace. Joe is a recipient of the John Steinbeck Writers Award and the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for the Literary Arts. He is currently working on a third novel and just completed a new play.
The evening begins with the premiere concert reading of the first act of The Prince of Egypt, and then continues in to the tent on the Long Wharf with dinner prepared by Sterling Affairs, and party with live and silent auctions, with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind. VIP tables begin at $10,000, with VIP tickets at $1,200. General admission tickets are $600, $425 for Young Professionals 40 and under.
The honorary chair for the evening is Joy Behar. The chairs of the event are longstanding patrons of the theater and the arts, Erik Batt & Daniel Marsili and Steven & Karol Todrys.
Items in this year’s live and silent auctions include a week at the beach in St. Bart’s at a luxury WIMCO villa with unparalleled concierge service and complimentary provisioning, play 18 holes of golf for two with Richard Kind at The Bridge, a cocktail party at your home catered by Sterling Affair, dinner and two tickets to the hottest new musical on Broadway, Hamilton and so much more!
This year’s sponsors (list in progress) include: The Bridge Golf Course, Bridgehampton Florist, Channing Daughters Winery, David Scott Interiors, East End Limousine, The Golden Pear, Grand Hyatt Resort, David Lawenda/Facebook, Hamptons H2O Water, Merrill DataSite, Peconic Landing, Pierre’s Restaurant, Searles Graphics, Southampton Publick House, Suffolk County National Bank, Sterling Affair, Wimco Villas, Worth. Media Sponsors are Dan’s Papers and Hamptons Magazine.
Past attendees include Broadway and film luminaries, business leaders and some of the most influential people in our community: Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Chris Bauer, Joy Behar, Mel Brooks, Kim Cattrall, Chevy Chase, Blythe Danner, Kelsey Grammer, Anne Jackson, Billy Joel, Star Jones, Richard Kind, Nathan Lane, Susan Lucci, Terrence McNally, Rosie O’Donnell, Mercedes Ruehl, Liev Schreiber, B. Smith, Eli Wallach, Naomi Watts and Robert Zimmerman, to name a few.
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.