For Tony-winning Broadway star Patina Miller, performing at the Landmark on Main Street's 20th anniversary gala on Saturday is an opportunity to return to the kind of live theater she's missed while playing press coordinator Daisy Grant on CBS' "Madam Secretary" and Commander Paylor in the "Hunger Games" movies.
"It's really exciting to come out and sing in front of a live audience," says Miller, who won a Tony in 2013 for her role as Leading Player in the musical "Pippin." "My first love is being onstage and singing songs that make me happy.
"I'll be letting my hair down a little bit," Miller says about her Landmark show, a re-creation of her 2014 "Live From Lincoln Center" television concert, which recounts her journey from South Carolina to Broadway. "It will be about getting to know me more through the songs that I adore," Miller says.
Expect showstoppers from "Sister Act," in which Miller originated the role of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, as well as "fun, R&B, gospel and pop arrangements of songs people know."
Miller says she plans to stay after the show to meet guests at a catered buffet supper under a big tent in Blumenfeld Family Park, adjacent to the theater.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
The evening also will include an awards ceremony honoring local residents who helped transform the Landmark building from a local eyesore to a regional showplace. Built in 1908 as a Port Washington public school, the historic landmark closed in the mid-1980s and sat vacant for a decade. It was restored and reopened in 1995, after a 10-year effort by local residents, who raised $11.5 million in private contributions and government grants.
Nowadays, it's a multiuse building, home to 59 affordable senior residences, a community center, and the 425-seat Jeanne Rimsky Theater, named for the late wife of donor Robert Rimsky. The theater hosts popular free events, such as a classic movie series and speaking engagements by local authors and current events experts.
Landmark also has earned a reputation as a regional theater with an eclectic schedule of concerts, recitals, comedy and children's shows. Other Broadway luminaries, such as Marvin Hamlisch, as well as rockers (The Smithereens) and folk music icons (Peter Yarrow), have performed there.
This season includes sold-out shows by Judy Collins and Darlene Love, says Laura Mogul, a marketing and advertising executive and former Port Washington school board president who in February became executive director. Says Mogul: "We continue to add shows throughout the year, taking advantage of top talent when they're in the area.
Landmark's 20th Anniversary Spotlight Gala featuring Patina Miller
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 7 p.m., Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington
INFO $55 concert, $300 show and dinner; 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
Can't make it to the gala? Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington is hosting more than 35 performances during its 20th anniversary season, including these marquee acts. For tickets, call 516-767-6444 or go to landmarkonmainstreet.org
Madeleine Peyroux Trio
WHEN 8 p.m., Nov. 14
The American singer-songwriter and guitarist began performing as a busker on the streets of Paris. Nowadays, she covers jazz classics by Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Bessie Smith.
Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis
WHEN Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Trumpeter-singer Masekela and pianist Willis, who have been friends for more than 50 years, perform standards from the Great American Songbook.
The Weight -- Songs of The Band
WHEN Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The five-piece ensemble includes Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante from the 1970s incarnation of The Band, and musicians who worked with original members of the seminal rock group.
Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky
WHEN Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
The contemporary folk duo, who record as The Pine Hill Project, sing and reminisce about their 25 years together.
George Winston: A Solo Piano Concert
WHEN Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
Relax to music from the folk pianist's "seasonal" albums, including "Autumn," "December" and "Winter Into Spring," and catchy tunes by "Peanuts" composer Vince Guaraldi.