Actors Fund Gala Will Celebrate Hal Prince, Sally Field, and Danny DeVito | Playbill

Industry News Actors Fund Gala Will Celebrate Hal Prince, Sally Field, and Danny DeVito The film, TV, and stage personalities will get a salute May 8 in New York.
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Actors Sally Field and Danny DeVito, both currently appearing on Broadway, will be honored May 8 along with 21-time Tony Award winning director and producer Harold Prince at the annual gala of The Actors Fund in New York.

The Fund—the human services organization best known for running the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, but which has greatly expanded its services and facilities in recent years—will also honor Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of the American Association of Retired Persons, as its “outstanding corporate leader” of the year.

The evening will include special tribute performances by guests to be announced.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Field is currently starring in a revival of The Glass Menagerie. Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor DeVito is making his Broadway debut, co-starring in a revival of The Price. Field, DeVito, and Jenkins will be awarded The Actors Fund’s Medal of Honor.

“Danny DeVito and Sally Field have delighted audiences for more than four decades,” said Joe Benincasa, CEO of The Actors Fund. “We’re proud to acknowledge their distinguished and exemplary work on stage and screen.”

Prince, who produced and/or directed landmark shows including West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera, is preparing a revue of his stage work, Prince of Broadway, for a fall opening in New York. He will receive The Actors Fund’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Hal’s work as a theatrical artist is legendary,” said Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of The Actors Fund. “His distinguished four decades of service behind the scenes as a trustee of The Actors Fund has quietly guided and supported this organization in helping thousands in need in performing arts and entertainment across the country.”

The May 1 gala will begin at 6 PM with cocktails followed by 7 PM dinner and tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.

Tickets to the benefit begin at $1,500 and include reception, dinner and entertainment. For tables and sponsorships, call (212) 627-1000 or email [email protected] For more information and updates, visit

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps anyone who works in performing arts and entertainment. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio, and dance, the Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund is designed as a safety net for those in need, crisis, or transition.


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