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Tony Award-winning performers take to stage for NJPAC's Spotlight Gala 2014


Angela Thomas
Prana Marketing
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On Sale Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10AM
Tony Award Winning Performers Take To The Stage for NJPAC’s Spotlight Gala 2014 Entitled: Nothin’ Like a Dame
Laura Benanti (Gypsy), Barbara Cook (Music Man), Patina Miller (Pippin) and Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls)
Special Guests: “Honorary Dame” Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek): Musical Director, Sirius XM Personality Seth Rudetsky
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, 7pm
Prudential Hall
Presented by the Women’s Association of NJPAC
Tickets available at: or www.NJPAC.org or 
Box Office 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)
(Newark, New Jersey-July 22, 2014) The Women’s Association of NJPAC presents Nothin’ Like A Dame featuring Tony Award winning performers Laura Benanti (Gypsy), Barbara Cook (Music Man), Patina Miller (Pippin) and Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Special Guests: “Honorary Dame” Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek): Musical Director, Sirius XM Personality Seth Rudetsky Musical Director and Sirius XM Personality Seth Rudetsky on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 7PM in Prudential Hall.  Tickets for Nothin’ Like A Dame go on sale Friday, July 25th at 10AM and at the Box Office at 12 Noon. Reserve your performance only tickets atNJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) and for full Gala tickets or sponsorships including cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and valet parking call (973) 353-7043 or email [email protected]
A rousing celebration of Broadway’s leading ladies – then and now! – starring Tony Award winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy),Barbara Cook (The Music Man’s original Marian), Patina Miller (Pippin) and Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls). This incredible array of stage talent features a special appearance by “Honorary Dame” Brian d’Arcy James, with musical direction by Seth Rudetsky, afternoon host of SiriusXM’s On Broadway, founder of SethTV.com, and author of My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan and Broadway Nights. A 60-minute performance, plus 15-minute Spotlight Gala awards ceremony on video. For full Gala tickets (including dinner and dancing) and table sponsorship information, call (973) 353-7043 or email [email protected]
 About Laura Benanti:
She received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center, where she also starred in Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti also demonstrated her comic flair in the Public Theater's production of Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.

Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee inGypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and her sultry Tony nominated turn in Swing! She also starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his muse in the celebrated revival of Nine. Benanti began her multifaceted career as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain.

Ms. Benanti recently received raves for her performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC's The Sound of Music LIVE, starring Carrie Underwood. She will soon be seen on The Good Wife and recur on HBO's Nurse Jackie. Recently she starred in the NBC series The Playboy Club and Go On opposite Matthew Perry. Other television roles include co-starring on Starved, recurring roles on Royal Pains, The Big C, Law & Order: SVU, and Eli Stone, as well as guest starring on Elementary and Life On Mars. Benanti can be seen in the films Take the Lead and Meskada.

About Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook is best-loved and remembered for her work on the Broadway stage. An amazing singer and refreshingly impulsive actress, she made her debut at age 23 in the musical "Flahooley". Roles in "Plain and Fancy" and, the most famous flop of all time, "Candide" followed. In 1957, she created her most famous role as Marion Paroo opposite Robert Preston in "The Music Man". She won a Tony for her work. Other shows included "The Gay Life", "She Loves Me" and "Something More". After the short-lived "Grass Harp" during the early '70s, Cook retired from the musical theater. Not long after, she emerged as a dynamite cabaret singer. This second phase of her career is still going strong today.

About Patina Miller
In a real-life Broadway Cinderella story, Patina Miller was plucked from the chorus of the Pasadena premiere of Sister Act and made her West End and Broadway debuts playing Deloris Van Cartier. She went on to star as the Leading Player in Pippin. She also appeared in workshops of American Idiot andThe Book of Mormon, TV's All My Children, and the Public Theater's 2008 production of Hair.
About Faith Prince
Tony Award winner Faith Prince dazzles in her latest musical outing, back by popular demand at 54 Below for one night only after the curtain comes down at the Palace! Self-described as a “smorgasbord” of Faith Prince: this new show covers her past, present and future with her trademark humor and powerhouse vocals. From her memorable Broadway triumphs to tales and songs from early off-Broadway gems as well as her latest Broadway roles, Faith relives a brilliant career as one of Broadway’s favorite leading ladies. As Hostess of the evening, Faith Prince guarantees that the best is yet to come!

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Newark, New Jersey 07102
www.njpac.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.  Visit www.njpac.org or call 888.GO.NJPAC for more information.
About The Women’s Association
The Women’s Association of NJPAC (WA) was formed in 1994, even before NJPAC opened its doors. Today, we are over 2,000 members. The WA has contributed over $41 million to NJPAC and its Arts Education programs. For 20 years, the WA has served as the single largest annual funding source for New Jersey’s Arts Center—a feat we are very proud of!
Join the Women's Association now to network with like-minded individuals from across the state, to engage in the ongoing renaissance of the city of Newark, and to share in a love of arts & culture.
Commit to a one-year membership and count yourself among many of the most influential and powerful women in the state who lend us their time, talent and treasure. Invitations to WA events, like our annual Spotlight Gala and our annual Spring Luncheon & Auction, guarantee fun and innovative experiences that you can proudly invite your friends, family, and colleagues to all while helping us to raise funds for NJPAC Visit www.njpac.org/support-njpac/womens-association-1
 For Press information contact: Angela Thomas: (201) 503-1333