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Honor (and hang out with) Angela Lansbury, get 2 tickets to opening night of American Idiot, have John Lithgow paint your portrait…

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This is one of those good news/bad news posts. The good news is that the 26th annual Drama League gala this year is a musical celebration of Broadway honoring five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury. The hosts are Catherine Zeta-Jones and Victor Garber, and the performers range from Bernadette Peters to Chita Rivera to T.R. Knight (formerly of “Grey’s Anatomy”) to Charles Busch. It’s taking place Monday, February 8, 2010 at The Pierre and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and a performance.

AngelaLansburyDramaLeaguegalaLeading up to the gala is an online auction of more than 40 items, including two tickets to the opening night of American Idiot, getting your portrait painted by John Lithgow, and seeing “A Little Night Music” followed by hanging out backstage with Angela Lansbury herself.

All this is the good news.

The bad news is that the cheapest ticket is $200 – and that’s the way cheapest. That’s for just the performance itself, featuring songs from Gypsy, Mame, Anyone Can Whistle, Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, Dear World and other treasures from the career of honoree Angela Lansbury.

And the items are, you know, being auctioned, so the higher the better.

But proceeds go towards nurturing artists to become directors of the theater, as part of
The Drama League Directors Project
The Drama League was founded in 1916 as an association of theater professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theater.