TONY AWARD WINNER GAVIN CREEL JOINS TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER SUTTON FOSTER IN ONE-NIGHT-ONLY SPECI

Music and Lyrics by GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN

Book by PETER STONE and TIMOTHY S. MAYER

Directed & Choreographed by ROB ASHFORD

Monday, November 12, 2018

7:30 PM

At the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to announce Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me) will join two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) in a special one-night-only Benefit Musical Performance of My One and Only, the award-winning musical comedy by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

Gavin Creel was last seen on stage at Roundabout Theatre Company in the 2016 revival of She Loves Me. Sutton Foster has been a friend of Roundabout since her Tony Award-winning performance as “Reno Sweeney” in Anything Goes (2012), followed by her Tony-nominated performance as “Violet” in Violet (2014). Foster and Creel last appeared on Broadway together in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Roundabout is also thrilled to welcome back Rob Ashford to direct and choreograph this one-night-only special event. Ashford choreographed Roundabout’s first musical at the American Airlines Theatre, The Boys From Syracuse in 2002.

The Benefit Musical Performance will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

From the airfield to the aquacade, this smash musical transports you across the carefree, jazz-charged world of 1927. A songbook of 16 of George and Ira’s classics—including “Funny Face,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and “How Long Has This Been Goin’ On?”—launches the story of a heartsick aviator (Creel), a cross-channel swimmer (Foster), and the hilarious highs and lows of their unstoppable romance. He loves, and she loves, and they’ll cross land, sea and sky to find a way to be together. ’S wonderful, ’s marvelous—and ’s taking flight for one night only. My One and Only won three Tony Awards when it was originally presented in 1983 starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy.

Proceeds from My One and Only will benefit Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund which is dedicated to preserving this great American art form by bringing familiar and lesser-known works to a new generation of theatregoers, like this spring’s Kiss Me, Kate.

VIP, Benefactor and Producer tickets include admission to an exclusive post-show party and dinner with the cast following the performance.

Generous underwriting support is provided by Roxanne and Scott Bok, Tom and Kitty Patterson Kempner, Diane and Tom Tuft, Michael T. Cohen, Colliers International NY LLC, Samantha Rudin Earls and David Earls, Kiendl and John Gordon, Stephanie and Ron Kramer, and Cynthia C. Wainwright and Stephen Berger.

The Post-Show Party is sponsored by TV Land’s “Younger.”

Additional cast members and creative team will be announced soon.

BIOS:

SUTTON FOSTER (Edythe Herbert) currently stars as Liza in the critically-acclaimed TV Land series, “Younger.” Created by “Sex in the City's” Darren Star and styled by the iconic Pat Field, the series centers around a 40-year-old suburban single mother, Liza, who re-invents herself as a 26-year-old in order to get a job at a publishing company. Also starring Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar, the series returned for its fifth season in June 2018. Previously, Foster starred as Michelle Simms in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ABC Family series, “Bunheads.” The series is about a former ballerina turned Las Vegas showgirl who gets married on a whim and winds up teaching alongside her new mother-in-law at her ballet school in a sleepy costal town. Sutton earned a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the role. Sutton recently reunited with Amy Sherman-Palladino as she had a guest starring role in the highly-anticipated Netflix revival, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” which was released on November 25, 2016. Sutton is a two-time Tony winning actress, singer and dancer who recently starred in the title role of the New Group’s 50th anniversary revival of Sweet Charity, for which she earned Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for her performance. Directed by Violet director Leigh Silverman, the show ran at the Pershing Square Signature Center in November 2016. Sutton previously starred in the title role of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Violet, earning Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominations for her performance. Sutton performed the role of Violet in the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center in July 2013. Sutton also recently appeared on stage as Queenie in New York City Center Encores! Off-Center’s production of The Wild Party in July 2015. Perhaps best-known for her role as Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Foster earned a 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, the Fred and Adele Astaire, and Broadway.com's Audience Favorite Awards for her performance as a former Evangelist, now nightclub singer, aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Under the direction of Michael Mayer, Sutton previously starred as Millie Dillmount, a young, modern woman from Kansas who travels to New York City intending to marry for money, in the 2002 Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Marquis Theatre. Originating the role, Sutton established herself as one of the greatest talents in the industry and earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards for her performance. In addition to her Tony-winning performances, Foster originated numerous notable roles, most recently, Princess Fiona in Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Shrek The Musical at The Broadway Theatre. Starring opposite Brian d'Arcy James, she won her second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony, Drama League, and Drama Desk Awards. Foster also originated the role of Inga, the yodeling lab assistant to Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, in Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s parody of the horror film genre, Young Frankenstein, at Foxwoods Theatre. Her performance as Janet Van De Graaff in Casey Nicholaw’s The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre in 2006 earned her Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Ovation Award nominations. Previously, Sutton took on the role of Jo, the brassy, tomboy, and aspiring writer, in the 2005 Broadway production of Little Women, directed by Susan H. Schulman at the Virginia Theatre. For this role, she earned Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Among her other theater credits include: Les Miserable, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie and Grease. In addition, Foster made her Off-Broadway debut as Prudence in Paul Weitz's comedy, Trust which showed at Second Stage Theatre and starred Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, and Ari Graynor. As a solo artist, Sutton has toured the country with her hit solo concert which featured songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has also graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and many others. Additionally, Sutton released her third solo album, ‘Take Me to the World’, through Ghostlight Deluxe, June 1, 2018. Foster was first seen on television on “Star Search” at the young age 15, and has more recently appeared in HBO’s comedy series “Flight of the Conchords,” USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: SUV” and “Elementary.” She has also made guest appearances on the well-known children series Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites,” and PBS’s “Sesame Street.” In 2014, Sutton made her feature film debut in Phil Alden Robinson’s The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Featuring an all-star cast including Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones, the film tells the story of a physician who accidentally tells an obnoxious patient that he has a brain aneurism and only ninety minutes to live. As the patient races around the city, trying to right his wrongs, the doctor attempts to find him as he tries to find what he must do in the final moments of his life. Sutton also appeared as Kerry in James Roday’s Halloween American comedy horror film Gravy. Sutton Foster currently splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles.

GAVIN CREEL (Captain Billy Buck Chandler) received a Tony Award for his performance as “Cornelius Hackl” in the acclaimed 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Gavin made his Broadway debut originating the role of “Jimmy Smith” in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination. He has since created such memorable performances on Broadway as “Jean-Michel” in the 2004 revival of La Cage Aux Folles, “Claude” in the 2009 revival of Hair, which earned him a second Tony Award nomination, and “Stephen Kodaly" in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2016 revival of She Loves Me, which was filmed live and is available on BroadwayHD. No stranger to London audiences, Gavin most notably originated the role of “Elder Price” in the West End production of The Book of Mormon, for which he received the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also starred as “Bert” in Disney’s Mary Poppins and the revival of Hair. Other stage credits include: The Book of Mormon (on Broadway and originating the First National Tour), and the world premieres of Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce at Goodman Theatre and The Kennedy Center, and Prometheus Bound at A.R.T. On television, Gavin co-starred alongside Julie Andrews in ABC’s Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime. He has released three original albums “Goodtimenation,” “Quiet” (which landed on “Billboard’s Top Heat Seekers”) and “Get Out,” and his single “Noise” raised money and awareness for marriage equality. Creel was a co-founder of Broadway Impact, the first and only grassroots organization to mobilize the nationwide theater community in support of marriage equality. A native of Findlay, Ohio, he is a proud graduate of University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

ROB ASHFORD (Director & Choreographer) is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning director and choreographer. Broadway theatre credits include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Frozen, Boys From Syracuse, Evita (Tony Nom.), How To Succeed (Tony Noms. Direction and Choreography), Promises, Promises (Tony Nom.), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award for Best Choreography) Shrek, John Water's Cry Baby (Tony Nom., Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Fred Astaire Awards), Curtains (Tony Nom.) and Wedding Singer (Tony Nom.). Other credits include The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh), The Winter’s Tale (Kenneth Branagh; Olivier Nom. Best Direction), Harlequinade (Kenneth Branagh), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York / Manchester International Festival), the Olivier Award winning productions of Anna Christie, A Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier Nom. for Best Revival), and Parade (all Donmar Warehouse, Olivier Noms. Direction & Choreography). Rob directed and choreographed “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!” for NBC (DGA Noms. for both), and directed The Barber of Seville and Carousel (Lyric Opera Chicago). He choreographed and staged the 2015 Academy Awards with Neil Patrick Harris, the 2014 Academy Awards with Ellen DeGeneres, and the 2013 Academy Awards with Seth MacFarlane. Rob won the Emmy for Best Choreography for his work on Baz Luhrmann's 2009 Academy Awards production number featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé. Rob has staged the Tony Awards for eight years, and has also staged tributes at the Kennedy Center Honors for Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Films include choreography for Beyond the Sea, Disney’s Cinderella, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted 2, and Murder on the Orient Express (Associate Director to Kenneth Branagh).

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tax-deductible benefit tickets starting at $1,000 are available by calling Roundabout's Development Office at 212-719-9393 ext. 369. Underwriter Packages, which include an invitation to a pre-show cocktail reception, are also available. Standard Tickets at $250 and $500 are available by calling Audience Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org/myoneandonly.

UNDERWRITER PACKAGES

Gold Sponsor Package at $50,000 ($46,480 tax-deductible)

Includes 12 Premium house seats in center orchestra; Listing on all posters, programs and press materials above show title; Invitation to exclusive pre-show cocktail reception in the new Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere Lounge at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; Reserved seating at the post-show party and dinner with the cast; Complimentary cocktail at intermission; Tickets personally hand-delivered to your door in advance of the event; Limited edition, framed show poster signed by the company

Silver Sponsor Package at $25,000 ($23,220 tax-deductible)

Includes 6 Premium house seats in center orchestra; Listing as an Underwriter on all posters, programs and press materials below show title; Invitation to exclusive pre-show cocktail reception in the new Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere Lounge at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; Reserved seating at the post-show party and dinner with the cast; Complimentary cocktail at intermission; Limited edition, framed show poster signed by the company

BENEFIT TICKETS

Producer Ticket(s) at $5,000 ($4,720 tax-deductible)

Includes Premium house seat in center orchestra; Complimentary cocktail at intermission; Reserved seating at the post-show party and dinner with the cast; Limited edition, framed show poster signed by the company

Benefactor Ticket(s) at $2,500 ($2,220 tax-deductible)

Includes Premium house seat in center orchestra; Complimentary cocktail at intermission; Invitation to attend post-show party and dinner with the cast; Limited edition, framed show poster signed by the company

VIP Ticket(s) at $1,000 ($740 tax-deductible)

Includes Premium seat in orchestra; Complimentary cocktail at intermission; Invitation to attend post-show party and dinner with the cast

To purchase tickets at the VIP level and above, or to learn more about Underwriter Packages, please contact Natalie Rohr at 212-719-9393 ext. 369; natalier@roundabouttheatre.org.

Select orchestra and mezzanine tickets ($250-$500) are available by calling Roundabout Audience Services at 212-719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org/myoneandonly.

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