Come together with actress and comedienne Jackie Hoffman, master of ceremonies, along with very special guests from the theater community, to pay tribute to acclaimed producer Hal Luftig.
At our annual celebration, Hal will lead a round-table discussion with industry insiders on the highly anticipated return of theater – and we’ll get a sneak peek at the new musical Becoming Nancy.
A Theater Round Table With Hal
Damian Bazadona - Founder, Situation Interactive
Lonny Price - Director, Writer, and Actor
Jenny Steingart - Co-Founder, Ars Nova; Theater, Film, and Television Producer
We’ll also highlight UJA’s historic response to Covid-19, including critical support for those grappling with their mental health as a result of the pandemic.
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As a leading producer of New York, London, and global theater for 25 years, Hal Luftig has collaborated with some of its most brilliant creative artists. He has been personally honored with four Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, and his productions on Broadway have received 45 Tony Awards. His shows include new musicals, renowned plays, and beloved revivals, including Death and the Maiden, starring Glenn Close, Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfus; Jelly's Last Jam, starring Gregory Hines; Moon Over Buffalo, starring Carol Burnett; The King and I; Natalie Portman in The Diary of Anne Frank; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's Movin' Out; Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart at the Public Theater; Whoopi Goldberg’s Whoopi; Legally Blonde, the Musical; The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper; Children of a Lesser God; and Kinky Boots. In New York, he is producing David Byrne's American Utopia and a revival of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, which opens this spring. He is also developing Becoming Nancy and My Very Own British Invasion, both new musicals directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; a reimagining of The Who's Tommy; and Here Lies Love. Hal has an MFA from Columbia University in New York, a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from the State University of New York, and an ulcer from tension.
Recently seen onstage in the critically acclaimed Yiddish Language Production of “Fiddler on the Roof” Off-Broadway, Jackie is also a veteran of Chicago's famed The Second City comedy improv group.
A pioneer in his field, Damian has grown his “one man show” to a thriving, award-winning agency based in New York City and London that works with notable brands in entertainment, nonprofit, and arts and culture.
An Emmy Award-winning and Tony nominated director, writer, and actor for film, television, and theater, Lonny most recently directed SCOTLAND, PA for the Roundabout Theatre.
Jenny’s recent productions include Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway, Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban. Jenny is also the co-founder of Ars Nova, New York City’s premier theater for emerging artists and new work.
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