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Helen Mirren Honored at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Spring Gala

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Roundabout Theatre Company honored Dame Helen Mirren at its 2015 Spring Gala held March 2 at the Waldorf Astoria. The evening included a private reception, dinner, live auction and musical performance.

Alec Baldwin introduced the performance section of the evening saying “Helen Mirren can do a lot of things. But there’s one thing she cannot do. Helen Mirren cannot sing” before presenting a roster of actors and singers – including Alan Cumming, Kelli O’Hara, Victor Garber and Laura Benanti – to “sing all the songs she can’t.”

Mirren, who is currently starring on Broadway in “The Audience,” made her Broadway debut 20 years ago in the Roundabout’s production of “A month in the country.” Alessandro Nivola, who played her son in the show, also went on stage to share stories of their time together during the production, before Jennifer Garner, an understudy in that show, presented her with the award.

Always humble, Mirren dedicated the award to the late English actor Alan Howard, and lavished praise on Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes “If Todd were English he’d be Sir Todd Haimes,” she said. “In fact, I’m going to dress up as the Queen and knight him myself.”

Other guests invited to honor “The Queen” were: Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Judith Light, Richard Kind, John Benjamin Hickey, Ron Rifkin, Taylor Hackford, Todd Haimes, Hilaria Thomas, Carlo Gugino, Cherry Jones, Joel Grey, Bill Irwin and Jamie DeRoy.

All proceeds from the event will go toward Roundabout Theatre Company’s Musical Theatre Fund and Education programs which serve over 15,000 students and teachers in schools throughout all five boroughs.


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