The annual Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Summer Gala is one of Connecticut’s favorite summer events! On July 23, 2016, 300 guests gathered in the O’Neill’s Sunken Garden, with sweeping views of Long Island Sound, while enjoying some of the region’s finest cuisines catered by local favorite Ivy’s Homemade.
We honored songwriters Bobby Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez and their return to the O’Neill with this special evening celebrating their prolific and popular work. The evening featured the music of EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, & Tony) recipient Bobby Lopez and Grammy & Oscar recipient Kristen Anderson-Lopez performed by Broadway favorites Andrew Rannells, Rick Lyon, Betsy Wolfe, Jennifer Barnhart, Patti Murin, the Lopez duo themselves, and more!
Bobby is most notably known for co-creating Broadway hits The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q (2002, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference), and Kristen Anderson-Lopez is best known for the musical In Transit (2008, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference). Together they wrote music for Disney's 2013 smash-hit Frozen. Their single "Let It Go" climbed charts around the world and earned them the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Stay tuned for next year's exciting Summer Gala
David Preka, Chair
Ruth & Stephen Hendel