Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director
Daniel J. De Siena, Chairman
Sheldon Harnick, Honorary Gala Chair
& The Board of Trustees
In a night celebrating the magic of music across jazz, cabaret, Broadway, film, and opera this unique event embraces the great American musical styles!

Join us for a night to remember!!
Sunday, March 26, 2023
At The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

5:30 pm: Reception
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Musical Program followed by Champagne & Dessert
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Featured Performers!
and stay tuned for more exciting artists who will be joining us!
Klea Blackhurst
Klea Blackhurst is a powerhouse in the theater industry! She is known for Everything the Traffic Will Allow, her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman. She starred in Hazel during its world premiere production at Drury Lane in Chicago, as Dolly Levi in the highly acclaimed Fiftieth Anniversay production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House.
Sidney Myer
Steve Ross
Known as the amazing manager of Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan, Sidney Myer's range from theater to cabaret stuns audiences! His success with shows at Pangea and his own club are admired by all!
"His material is uniquely suited to his personal combination of humor, innocence, wonder and mischief."
–  Betsyann Faiella, Bistro Awards

Winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets' Lifetime Achievement Award, Steve Ross is known as the Crown Prince of New York Cabaret! He has sung at numerous venues like Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and Lincoln Center! His critically acclaimed show,  Puttin’ on the Ritz – the Songs of Fred Astaire, prompted Stephen Holden of the New York Times to describe Steve as “the personification of the bygone dream world that his music summons.”
Sandy Stewart &
Bill Charlap
Gabrielle Stravelli
Sandy Stewart Known as an icon of American jazz, cabaret, and pop music, skyrocketed to fame with her song "My Coloring Book" by Fred Ebb and John Kander, that reached number 20 in the Billboard Top 40 in 1963, and earned a Grammy
nomination for her recording. 
Early in her career at age 15, she toured with a band of jazz musicians, and was later a regular on TV variety shows: Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan, and worked along the way with Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Steve Allen, and Benny Goodman. In 2005, she and her son, Bill Charlap, released the acclaimed CD, 
Love Is Here to Stay (Blue Note).

Grammy award winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. In 2019 he celebrated his 15th year as Artistic Director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at 92Y. Bill is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University! In 2016, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern, was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album.

Gabrielle Stravelli has toured the country with amazing jazz musicians like Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center.  In September of 2022, she sold out Birdland's main room with her debut show, Mel & Ella Swing, with pianist/singer Billy Stritch! 
"Ms. Stravelli's emotional intelligence coincides with a phenomenal voice that she wielded with an easygoing confidence and impeccable taste."
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

In order of left to right, photos by Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae, Albie Mitchel, Stacy Sullivan,
Jenny Anderson, Blue Note Records
*Performers subject to change
Marc Shaiman


Scott Wittman
Marc Shaiman
Scott Wittman
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are
Tony Award Winning Songwriters of the incredible Broadway hits such as Hairspray, Some Like It Hot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Catch Me If You Can, the hit TV series Smash, and the Oscar winning musical film
Mary Poppins Returns.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be honored with the Encompass Sheldon Harnick Award for Creative Excellence.
Photos by Robert Trachtenberg and Rob Rich/Everett Collection
Marilyn Maye
Photo by Steven Sorokoff
Marilyn Maye performed over 76 times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, has 15 spectacular albums and 7 hit singles, and will be honored with the Encompass Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2023 Musical Salute! 
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