The New 42nd Street Gala will celebrate the vision, legacy, and legend of Cora Cahan, founding President & CEO, as she steps down after 29 years of extraordinary leadership.
Proceeds from the Monday, June 3, 2019, event at The Plaza Hotel will benefit The New Victory Theater’s innovative arts and engagement programs which reach more than 55,000 kids each year.
“Cora fearlessly leads and leans in,” says Fiona Rudin, Chairman of the Board of The New 42nd Street. “Since The New 42nd Street’s inception, her approach has always been bold, creative and prescient. Her tremendous impact on the City will continue to be felt by future generations of New Yorkers.”
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The NY Times wrote that Ms. Cahan, demenstrated what the organization’s board chair called “smarts, acumen and moxie,” (she) helped to preserve and reinvent seven historic Broadway theaters — the Apollo, Empire, Lyric, Liberty, Selwyn, Times Square and Victory — into spaces that now include the New Victory Theater, the New 42nd Street Studios and the Duke on 42nd Street.
Artists set to pay tribute to Ms. Cahan at the nonprofit’s annual gala include the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, New 42nd Street board member John Lithgow (Hillary and Clinton), along with performances by Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Gavin Creel (Waitress; Hello, Dolly!), Norm Lewis (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” Once on This Island) and New 42nd Street board member Bill Irwin (FX’s Legion), with more to be announced.
Committed to the transformational power of the arts, The New 42nd Street has guided its work with an emphasis on bringing access and diversity to New York cultural arts, as made evident by the award-winning New 42nd Street Youth Corps, a groundbreaking, creative youth development model that provides young New Yorkers with jobs in the arts; and the internationally-lauded arts education programs of The New Victory Theater, which annually brings 40,000 students to the theater as the largest provider of international, multidisciplinary live performances to New York City schools.
The New 42nd Street Gala is hosted by Jody and John Arnhold, Emily and Len Blavatnik, Mr. Howard Solomon and Mrs. Sarah Billinghurst Solomon. Gala Co-Chairs include Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, Jane and Michael Eisner, Sarah and Eric Lane, Kim and Greg Lippmann, Isabel Rose and Jeff Fagen, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Jeffrey Seller and Josh Lehrer, Gerri and Andy Sommers, Diane and Marc Spilker, and Mary Ann Tighe and Dr. David Hidalgo. Event sponsors include Louis Vuitton; Ambassador Theatre Group and Zubatkin Owner Representation; American Express; CBRE; Disney Theatrical Productions; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and Yorke Construction.
Photo credit: Fiona Rudin, Cora Cahan (center) and John Lithgow, by Alexis Buatti-Ramos.