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5th Anniversary Gala Celebration: A Performing Arts Salute to Science

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The World Science Festival’s Fifth Anniversary Gala Celebration brings together leaders in science, theatre, music, art, education and business for an evening that celebrates both the content and the culture of science, while raising essential support for the Festival’s mission and programs.

A “Performing Arts Salute to Science,” the program will be hosted by Alan Alda and feature violinist Joshua Bell, physicist Brian Greene, TONY award-winning performer James Naughton, Emmy award-winning actress Debra Monk and other Broadway luminaries – Todd Ellison, Rose Hemmingway, Paige Faure, Eryn Murman, Abbey O’Brien, David Hibbard, Drew Gehling – as well as the mesmerizing dancer-illusionists of MOMIX.


Alan AldaActor, Author, Director

Alan Alda, a seven-time Emmy® Award winner, played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H. He has starred in, written, and directed many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator.

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Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Joshua BellViolinist

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize.

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Todd EllisonMusic Director

Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished music directors on Broadway, having worked on productions of Annie, Spamalot, Cats, and more. His international credits include directing Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, and the Dublin Film Orchestra.

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Paige FaureActor

Paige Faure just completed the run of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway, having originated the role of Miss Grabowski/Scrubwoman and eventually taking over the role of office sex-pot Hedy La Rue for a spell.

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Drew GehlingActor

Drew Gehling was an original cast member of the revival of the classic musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever where he played the role of Warren to critical acclaim alongside the incomparable Harry Connick, Jr.

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Rose HemingwayActor

Rose Hemingway just completed a successful run as Rosemary Pilkington in the 50th Anniversary Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She previously appeared as Mary Phagan in Parade at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and as Sophie Sheridan in the National Tour of Mamma Mia!.

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David HibbardActor

David Hibbard most recently was in the 10 time Tony Award winning production of Billy Elliot, both on Broadway and in the second national tour. His mark on ‘the Great White Way’ is completing 2,197 performances in Broadway’s CATS, in the coveted role of the Rum Tum Tugger. Other Broadway credits include Spamalot, Once Upon A Mattress, and A Class Act.

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MOMIXModern Dance Company

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Debra MonkActor

Debra Monk has starred on Broadway in Curtains, Chicago; Reckless; Thou Shalt Not; Ah, Wilderness!; Steel Pier; Company; Picnic; Redwood Curtain; Nick and Nora; Pump Boys and Dinettes. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Show People; The Seagull; The Time of the Cuckoo; Death-Defying Acts; Three Hotels; Assassins; and Oil City Symphony.

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Eryn MurmanActor

Eryn Murman, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, is a New York City-based actress, singer, and songwriter. She appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening where she performed all the female roles and worked under JoAnn Hunter’s guidance as the dance captain for the production.

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James NaughtonActor

From Broadway and regional theatre to television and films, James Naughton has won critical acclaim in dramas, comedies, and musicals. Naughton has appeared on-screen in The Devil Wears Prada, Childless, Factory Girl, and Suburban Girl.

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Abbey O’BrienActor

Abbey O’Brien can be seen on stage and film alike, appearing in Pal Joey and TV’s SMASH. She was notably part of the original, Tony Award winning cast of Spamalot.

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T. Oliver ReidMusician, Actor

T. Oliver Reid was the recipient of the 2012 MAC Award for Debut Artist-Male and the 2011 Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation, Reid has spent the last 18 months singing and records the songs of the American Songbook across the country.

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Teal WicksActor

Teal Wicks is best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Elphaba in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Broadway companies of Wicked. She was last seen making her TV debut on an episode of The Good Wife.

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