By Michael Gioia
21 Feb 2013
The 6 PM event will commemorate the Department of the Interior's recent designation of The Town Hall as a National Historic Landmark Site and celebrate its newly elected president and CEO, Michael Presser.
The Trustees of The Town Hall Foundation will honor the 92-year-old New York City landmark with performances from the Broadway productions of Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera as well as Off-Broadway's Avenue Q, The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, The Town Hall Broadway's Rising Stars Chorus and more.
Free tickets will be made available March 25 at noon at The Town Hall box office and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
"With this exciting event we are opening our doors to New York audiences and the arts community as we all come together to celebrate this beloved New York City institution," said Presser, who succeeds Marvin Leffler — who served for 33 years and is now president emeritus — in a statement. "As the newly elected president I am looking forward to many more events to come as a new era at Town Hall begins."
First opened to the public on Jan. 12, 1921, in its 92 years The Town Hall has hosted many celebrated artistic, political and public figures, including, German composer Richard Strauss (who performed there in February 1921 just weeks after it opened), Eleanor Roosevelt (who spoke and appeared on numerous occasions), renowned singer Marian Anderson (who made her New York debut at The Town Hall in 1924), jazz musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker (who played together at a concert in June 1945) and, more recently, President Barack Obama, Woody Allen, John Grisham, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Billy Joel, Liza Minnelli, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston (who performed for the very first time at age 14 at The Town Hall).
The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street. For more information, visit TheTownHall.org.