Bay Street Gala Honors Joel Grey

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Joel Grey. Timothy Greenfield Sanders photo

Broadway musicals of the 1960s will be the beating heart of Bay Street Theater’s upcoming summer gala on Saturday, July 6 — from award recipient Joel Grey to the evening’s performance written by Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian.

Featuring songs from the most beloved musicals of all time — “Cabaret,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hair,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Sweet Charity” and more — the show will feature Mauricio Martinez, an actor and recording artist from Mexico who recently starred as Emilio Estefan in the Broadway musical “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan.”

Joining him are Samantha Massell, a New York-based actress and singer who was last seen on Broadway as Hodel in the 2015 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Jon Peterson, whose Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include “Midnight at the Never Get,” “Cabaret,” “George M. Cohan Tonight” and “Half a Sixpence.”

“This year’s gala is titled, ‘If Your Friends Could See You Now,’ and it will celebrate the Broadway musicals of the 1960s,” Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s artistic director, said in a statement. “It’s going to be so exciting to put together a dazzling dinner and performance, and to celebrate the legendary Joel Grey and our other honorees at the beautiful new gala location at Wölffer Estate Vineyard.”

Named in his honor, the singer, actor, writer and director will be the first-ever recipient of the Joel Grey Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating someone in the theater and entertainment industry who has made a major impact on the performing arts from this year forward.

Isaac Mizrahi will host the evening, featuring a cocktail party, dinner, and silent and live auctions with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind, which will support Bay Street’s educational and theatrical programs.

In addition, the formation of the Michael Downing Acting Apprenticeship Program — created in memory of the young actor who appeared in “Men’s Lives,” Bay Street’s very first production, “who served as an inspiration to all who knew him” — will be announced.

Gala chairs are Board of Trustees member Mala Sander and her husband, Jeff Sander. The evening will also honor Andrea K. Wahlquist, a Bay Street trustee. Peconic Landing will be honored as a dedicated community partner.

The 28thannual Summer Gala will be held at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, located at 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack. Tickets start at $450. For more information, call (631) 725-0818 or visit baystreet.org.

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