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Accomplished Actors, Artists to Attend George Street Playhouse Gala

File photo of a past George Street Playhouse performance. Credits: T. Charles Erickson

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — In a few months, the George Street Playhouse is expected to leave its home of more than 30 years.

The Livingston Avenue building, which once housed a YMCA, is targeted for demolition. In its place, New Brunswick officials hope to construct the city’s tallest building as part of the redevelopment plan for the Cultural Center. The project, which includes a new parking deck, stands to house the Playhouse, the Crossroads Theatre, the American Repertory Ballet, rehearsal spaces, offices and 250 apartments.

The George Street Playhouse isn’t likely to return home until 2019. But the theater company will continue to perform elsewhere in the meantime—and it’s continuing to fundraise.

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Several celebrated performers are expected to attend the Playhouse’s annual benefit gala at 5 p.m. this Sunday, April 2, at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.

The black-tie event has historically attracted business, government and community leaders from across the state, raising “hundreds of thousands of dollars to support George Street Playhouse’s world-class MainStage productions and nationally recognized educational programs,” according to an announcement from the group.

Notable actors and artists have signed on to perform in this year’s cabaret, including Tim Daly, who’s appeared on the TV shows “Wings” and “Madam Secretary”; Joe DiPietro, a Tony Award-winning playwright; Nancy Opel, a Tony nominee who will soon star in the final Playhouse musical in its current location; and Beth Pell, who has been featured in “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Good Wife” and Broadway’s “The King and I.”

Several stars of the Playhouse’s 2016-17 season will also be on hand.

What’s more, the theater company plans to honor several visionaries.

David Saint will receive an award celebrating his 20th season with the Playhouse. Elaine May, a “legendary” screenwriter, director and actress, is due to gift Saint the award.. Marlene and Tony Volpe will receive an arts advocacy award presented by former New Jersey Gov. Tom Keane.

The gala includes a silent auction, a cocktail reception, dinner and a cabaret performance. For more information, contact Peggy Aronson at or 732-846-2895 ext. 145.

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