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The Public Theater announced today that John Lithgow, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Martha Plimpton, Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Sutton Foster, Joshua Bell, Lindsay Mendez, Claybourne Elder, Krysta Rodriguez, Marissa McGowan, Laura Shoop, Peter Dugan, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Jessica Wu, Mylinda Hull, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Nicole Lewis and other special guests and alumni will perform in the one-night-only Public Theater annual gala ONE THRILLING COMBINATION on Monday, June 23 at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Ted Sperling, the gala event will celebrate Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater and the 40th anniversary of the creation of A Chorus Line.

For nearly 60 years, The Public has developed and produced groundbreaking new works while nurturing the careers of artists and providing access for audiences with thousands of free and low-cost tickets. Though Marvin Hamlisch passed away in 2012, the spirit of his original collaboration with The Public lives on. His contributions to A Chorus Line changed musical theater history and changed the trajectory of The Public Theater. The Public is thrilled to be honoring Hamlisch as this year’s 2014 Artistic Honoree, in an evening that will also include songs from throughout his theatrical career.

Renée Beaumont and Lizanne Rosenstein will serve as Gala Co-Chairs for this memorable evening in Central Park to support The Public Theater. The evening at the Delacorte will begin with cocktails at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner alfresco in Central Park. The performance of ONE THRILLING COMBINATION at 8:00 p.m. will be followed by a dessert reception under the stars. The gala performance rain date is Tuesday, June 24.

Tickets to The Public Theater’s Annual Gala ONE THRILLING COMBINATION start at $650 and are available for purchase by calling (212) 539-8634, online at www.publictheater.org, or via email at gala@publictheater.org. Proceeds from the gala will help support The Public’s mission of providing a home for artists who give voice to the pressing issues of our time, provide affordable access to thousands of New Yorkers with free Shakespeare in the Park and other groundbreaking works, and strengthen the vital relationship between our artists and audiences.

A CHORUS LINE, first staged in The Public’s Newman Theater in 1975, features a book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch. The show was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett and later transferred to Broadway to win the 1976 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as eight other Tony Awards. The original Public Theater cast featured Kelly Bishop as Sheila, Robert LuPone as Zach, and Donna McKechnie as Cassie Ferguson.

The gala evening features scenic design by Mary Hamrick, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

TED SPERLING (Director) is The Public’s Musical Theater Initiative consultant, and is a director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist, and violinist. For The Public he directed the 2013 Gala Concert of The Pirates of Penzance, as well as See What I Wanna See and did the musical direction for Saturn Returns. In 2005, he won Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light In The Piazza (also music director). His other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Angels In America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, Drood, LES MISERABLES, Roza, and Sunday In The Park With George.

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Jonathan discussing on how to get tickets to free Shakespeare in the Park in New York.

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The big-screen sequel to Frozen is still a ways away, but that hasn’t stopped Disney from pumping the property wherever it can: Last Sunday’s season finale of Once Upon a Time (broadcast on Disney-owned ABC) even ended with the introduction of Elsa, and the show’s producers promise the ice queen will be a prominent character next season. Last night at HBO’s premiere of The Normal Heart, Vulture told Jonathan Groff (who voiced strapping mountain man Kristoff in Frozen) about the twist OUaT ending. “That’s so crazy!” he said. “I didn’t know that. That’s so awesome!” Would Groff consider reprising his animated huntsman in the flesh, if the show asked? “I would, but I’m not as hot as my cartoon character,” he said. “It would be a big letdown. I’m not blond or six-foot-five.” Well, would he consider joining the inevitable Broadway cast of Frozen instead? “Yes,” he told us, “If they let me sing ‘Let It Go.’”

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Check out the official trailer of Jonathan in The Normal Heart which premieres on May 25 on HBO.

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Listen to Jonathan Groff sing ‘Come Away’ from 1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories which is playing at the Center for Puppetry Arts till April 6.

Audiences will be swept off to fantastical faraway places this spring when “1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories” hits the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts for a limited two week engagement, now through April 6. Broadway musical powerhouse Robert Lopez, innovative New York company The Flying Carpet and puppetry experts Center for Puppetry Arts, join forces as a “dream team” to create the ultimate “family puppet musical.”

In this celebration of brainy imagination over brawn, a princess uses her wits to save a kingdom from an evil decree as she spins tale after tale for a narrow-minded king. Featuring genies, jesters, 40 thieves and other captivating characters, the princess’s cliffhanger stories keep the king-and audiences-on the edge of their seats. This playful adaptation of the “Arabian Nights” fairy tales is recommended for ages six and up.

“1001 Nights” was first conceived in 1998 by Tony winner and Academy Award winner Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Frozen”) and Adam Koplan, artistic director of Flying Carpet Theatre Company. This newly reimagined production features early songs by Lopez and is co-directed by Koplan and Jon Ludwig, artistic director of the Center for Puppetry Arts. All the puppets were designed by the Center’s resident puppet builder Jason von Hinezmeyer and built by the talented crew in the Center’s puppet building shop. “1001 Nights” is an inspired combination of Lopez’s catchy tunes, Flying Carpet’s inventive staging and the Center’s internationally recognized puppetry expertise.

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Jonathan will be hosting AIDS Walk New York Kick-Off Event on April 8.

AIDS Walk New York just announced on Twitter that the Tony-nominated star of HBO’s series LOOKING and upcoming movie THE NORMAL HEART, as well as Disney’s FROZEN, is set to host this year’s kick-off event on April 8.

Groff has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, and In My Life. His off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, Hair and more. He has also starred on the West End in Deathtrap.

The actor’s other TV credits include Boss, GLEE and The Good Wife.

AIDS Walk New York will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Central Park. Register at http://aidswalk.net/newyork or call (212) 807-WALK (9255).

Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

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Happy Birthday Jonathan! Jonathan turns 29 today!

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Jonathan will be announcing the 2014 Tony Nominations with Lucy Liu on April 29!

A pair of stage and screen stars will be on hand on April 29 to announce the nominations for the American Theatre Wing’s 2014 Tony Awards®. Past Tony-nominee Jonathan Groff will join Lucy Liu to reveal the names in a live webcast seen on TonyAwards.com.

The Nominations Announcement webcast will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 29.

A 2007 Tony-nominee for his performance in Spring Awakening, Groff currently stars in HBO’s Looking. Liu currently leads the cast of Elementary on CBS and is an accomplished screen actress who made her Broadway debut in God of Carnage.

Groff and Liu will reveal the recipients of nominations in each of the 26 competitive categories. Productions that opened during the 2013-2014 Broadway season on or before the April 24 cut-off date may be eligible for Tony Awards this year.

You can get to know the 2014 Tony-eligible shows in our Spotlight Series, featuring video, photos, and more.

Hugh Jackman will host the 68th Annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, on June 8. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS live from Radio City Music Hall at 8/7c (delayed PT).
Live Video Webcast, Plus Live Tweeting

You can watch the Nominations Announcement, which is sponsored by IBM and presented courtesy of NY1 News, live here at TonyAwards.com. Our webcast begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on April 29.

In addition to providing live video feed, we’ll post the complete list of nominees immediately afterwards. We’ll also tweet the nominations live at Twitter.com/TheTonyAwards.

CBS This Morning will air a portion of the nominations live. The NYC cable TV channel NY1 will carry the event in its entirety, as will TonyAwards.com. Our live video webcast is courtesy of NY1.

The Nominations Announcement takes place at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan. There is no admission to the public.

Here is a complete calendar of 2014 Tony Awards events.

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Check out the teaser of Jonathan in his upcoming movie, The Normal Heart. It premieres on May 25 on HBO

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