Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced performances for its final benefit gala, An Evening at Topping Rose, on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the historic barn of the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. There are only a few places left.
The evening celebrates the development of new works by emerging and established Broadway talent. Funds raised will be used to support this exciting and creative endeavor. The evening begins with a signature cocktail reception, followed by a signature farm-to-table dinner and dessert created by Jean-Georges. A silent auction and more moments of surprise follow.
Entertainment includes performances by Broadway stars Bobby Conte Thornton and Alex Wyse. Madeline Myers, a composer and lyricist, will perform selections from her new Broadway musical, Double Helix. Her work was recently selected as part of the Bay Street Theater’s New Works Festival 2022. Sag Harbor resident Anna Schiavoni, a current member of Bay Street’s Michael Downing Acting Apprenticeship Program, will also perform at the event.
Tickets start at $1500. For more information about upcoming receptions or to purchase tickets, please contact Director of Philanthropy Kim Fink directly at [email protected]
Madeline Myers is a musical theater composer and lyricist based in New York City. Her musicals include “Double Helix”, “Flatbush Avenue” (UNC-Greensboro commission), “The Devil’s Apprentice” (world premiere Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018) and “Masterpiece” (semi-finalist at the O’Neill Musical Theater Conference 2018). Madeline was named to the 2022 Broadway Women’s Fund “Women to Watch on Broadway” list and is a finalist for the 2022 Kleban Prize for Poetry; winner of the 2021 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award presented by New York Stage & Film and the Ziegfeld Club; Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017; a 2019 York Theater Company NEO writer; a 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 ASCAP Plus Award recipient; and a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Madeline’s musicals have been performed at Bay Street Theatre, York Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals (Johnny Mercer Writers Grove), New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival, Musical Theater Factory, NMI Disney Imagineering New Voices Project, the New York Theater Barn and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. When she’s not writing musicals, Madeline enjoys reading, walking in Central Park, and volunteering. She is an active volunteer at the Homeless Breakfast Program at Central Synagogue and founder of a 2020 voter registration/census census initiative for the New York City homeless community. During the pandemic, Madeline has worked with the NYC Test & Trace Corps to deliver mobile vaccine buses and PPE to homeless New Yorkers. In 2018, Madeline created the Blair School of Music Student Citizen Award, given to a student who demonstrates outstanding personal character and contributions to the community. Madeline sits on the alumni board of Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Scholarship program, of which she is a proud graduate. She is a founding member of the music department of the Broadway production of Hamilton. Madeline is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. She is represented by Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency. @madelinesmyersmadelinemyers.com.
Bobby Conte Thornton made his Broadway debut as Calogero in A Bronx Tale directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. He returned to Broadway that spring, singing “Another Hundred People” as PJ in Marianne Elliott’s gender-biased revival of Company. Other New York theaters: My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theatre); From Here, From Now (York Theater Company). Regional: Last Days of Summer (George Street Playhouse); all male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater); the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theater Center/Cleveland Play House); three seasons at The Muny. Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk (Director: Barry Jenkins); “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Madam Secretary”, “The Code”. His debut studio album Along the Way is available on all digital music providers. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. @bobby_conte
Alex Wyse is co-writer/star of the Off-Broadway film A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet, co-creator/star of the Emmy-nominated Indoor Boys, and co-director/writer of the upcoming feature film Summoning Sylvia. As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in Waitress, Spring Awakening and Lysistrata Jones, touring in Wicked, Off-Broadway in Ride the Cyclone, Bare, Triassic Parq and Lysistrata Jones, and regionally in Hartford Stage, Wallis Annenberg, Paper on Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Maltz Jupiter, Huntington, Lyric Stage Company of Boston and more. TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Other Two, Iron Fist, Masters of Sex, NCIS: LA, The Bold and the Beautiful, Switched at Birth, Modern Family, Agent X, A to Z, and Bad Judge Bored to death. Movie credits include X/Y and Dating My Mother. He co-produced What the Constitution Means to Me. BFA: Boston University.
Anna Francesca Schiavoni is a 20-year-old junior theater major and music minor at George Washington University. She has participated in various productions of STAGES, Pierson Middle and High School, Long Island Musical Theater Festival (LIMTF), Community Theater, Southampton Cultural Center, Young Authors and Writers Project (YAWP), George Washington University Theater Program and the Manhattan Concert Productions , and Bay Street Theater including: The Prince of Egypt, DreamWorks Theatricals World Premiere Staged Reading (Young Miriam/Leah), Windfall (Hannah Higley u/s), Hamlet (Ophelia), Little Women the musical (Jo March), Pippin (Catherine), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood, Teeny Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), Heathers: The Musical (Mrs. Fleming /Veronica’s Mom), Harvey (Veta Louise Simmons, Teeny Award nominee for Best Actress in a Play), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), Manhattan Concert Productions’ Parade (Alto Ensemble) and more nd The Secret Garden (Soprano II Ensemble), Cabaret (Texas the Kit Kat Girl) and Anything Goes (Erma, Teeny Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical).
The 2022 Mainstage season is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; New York State through the generosity of Rep. Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; City of Southampton; The Shubert Foundation; Suffolk County Office of Film & Cultural Affairs; funded in whole or in part by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning; AARP Long Island; Adam Miller Group; benefit title; Air Hamptons; Baron’s Bay; Bartlett Tree Experts; Compass Real Estate’s CeeJack team; corcoran; Dayton, Ritz & Osborne Insurance; DIME; East End Awning; East End tick and mosquito control; First Shores; Fisher signs & shirts; Greg D’Angelo; Grenning Gallery; pets in port; Hollander Design landscape architects; Jane Holden; bras; Maggio environmental services; Mala Sander + team; National Network; North American Air Charter; Northwell Health; Peconic Bay Medical Center; propane depot; PSEG Long Island; REVCO lighting; Books by Sag Harbor; Six Sigma Auto Group; SOTHEBY’S; Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; The Awning Company; The Quay Shop; Twin Forks Pest Control; Unlimited earth care; Weber & Grahn; and Weill Cornell Medicine.
Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available via touchless ticketing. All guests are strongly recommended to wear masks when entering and sitting in the theater. A full list of COVID-19-related safety procedures and face-to-face event guidelines is available online at baystreet.org.
Bay Street Theater is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center that strives to renew, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural meeting place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.