Picture: The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport
Although they have already made the jump from South Country Road to "The Great White Way," a group of successful actors will return to The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport for a benefit event on Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m.
Many professional performers have taken part in the plays held during the past 61 seasons at Gateway -- with dozens moving on to both national touring and Broadway productions. But with a chance to help raise funds for Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County (PACSC), some of the more successful talents that once worked the Mainstage theatre will come back for one night to help entertain the evening's attendees.
Among those scheduled to appear are Dan Cooney (who starred in "Kiss me Kate," "The Fantasticks" and "Evita" for Gateway and appeared in "9 to 5" and "Les Misérables" on Broadway); Kingsley Leggs (Gateway: "Miss Saigon," "The Full Monty," and "Dreamgirls;" Broadway: "Sister Act"), and Bradley Dean (Gateway: "The Secret Garden," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "Phantom of The Opera;" Broadway: "Spamalot").
The night also includes dinner, cocktails, live and silent auctions, orchestra music, a company retrospective and a presentation from The Gateway’s current student production of "The Who's Tommy" -- all set to take place within a tent area and among the gardens of the grounds.
Tickets are $250, with proceeds going to the PACSC production wing and acting school, and include a voucher redeemable for admission to "Monty Python's Spamalot," at The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts through July 30. Call 631-286-7027 or check gatewayplayhouse.org for more information and to buy tickets.