They say the neon lights are bright, On Broadway.
Algonquin Arts Theatre welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Drifters and their endless supply of mega-hits from the 1950s and 1960s to headline our annual gala. The gala's theme this year, On Broadway, uses the title from The Drifter's 1963 hit to highlight the completion of the Algonquin's fifth season producing Broadway-style plays and musicals.
Take part with a $195 VIP ticket to enjoy cocktails, dinner, an after party and the best seats in the house, or enjoy cocktails and the show in the theatre at the $65 or $85 price points.
The gala is the single biggest fundraising day of the year for Algonquin Arts Theatre, and the event includes a Silent Auction and much more. This year, Algonquin Arts Theatre recognizes Humanitarian Honoree Janice Blanton, Community Service Honorees Larson Ford and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, and Arts Education honoree Stephen Strouse.
For information on how to support the Algonquin via our silent auction, ad journal or sponsorship, please visit algonquinarts.org/gala.
VIP Ticket - $195 - Arrive at 5 p.m.
Includes: VIP Cocktail Hour (open bar with beer & wine, hors d'oeuvres), Dinner at Remington's or Blend on Main, Premium seating in the theatre (assigned by Gala committee) & a post-show meet & greet with The Drifters.
Gala Ticket - $65/$85 - Arrive at 7 p.m.
Includes: Cocktail Hour (open bar with beer & wine) & Preferred ($85) or Regular Seating ($65).
5 p.m. - VIP Cocktail Reception Begins
6:30 p.m. - VIP Dinner begins at Remington's or Blend on Main
7 p.m. - Open Bar Cocktail Hour
7:45 p.m. - Theatre Doors Open
8:15 p.m. - Silent Auction Ends
8:15 p.m. - Welcome & Honoree Videos
8:35 p.m. - Live Appeal
8:45 p.m. - Intermission
9:00 p.m. - The Drifters
10:30 p.m. - Pick Up Silent Auction Gifts; VIPs Attend After-Party at Blend on Main
Headliner - The Drifters
The Drifters served to link Fifties rhythm & blues with Sixties soul music. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 alongside the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Les Paul and The Supremes.
They epitomized the vocal group sound of New York City. Theirs was the sweet but streetwise sound of R&B suffused with gospel influences. The material the Drifters recorded came from a variety of sources, including the songwriting teams of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and Gerry Goffin and Carole King. All were New York-based songwriters who wrote evocatively of romance and everyday life in the big city, and the Drifters made an ideal vehicle for the convincing delivery of such scenarios.
Hit songs on their set list include: "On Broadway," "There Goes My Baby," "Dance With Me," "This Magic Moment," "Under The Boardwalk," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Up On The Roof," "Stand By Me," "Please Stay," "Saturday Night At The Movies," "Spanish Harlem," "Sweets For My Sweet," "Save The Last Dance for Me," "I Count The Tears," and more. Read more about The Drifters in their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio.