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Long Islanders Enjoyed A "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director of Development Scot Allan and Broadway Star JENNIFER HOPE WILLS at the 2nd Annual Gateway Playhouse Fundraiser Gala in Bellport, Long Island




































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Gateway Playhouse Interviews Actors Erica Aubrey and Edward Staudenmayer
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director of Development Scot Allan and Actors Erica Aubrey, Edward Staudenmayer and JENNIFER HOPE WILLS at the 2nd Annual Gateway Playhouse Fundraiser Gala in Be...




































































































Entertainment Director of Development Scot Allan poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.

















































Entertainment Director of Development Scot Allan poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.












































Broadway Actress Jennifer Hope Wills and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.

































Broadway Actress Jennifer Hope Wills and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.





































Broadway Actress Erica Aubrey and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.





































































Don Rebar and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at at "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.





























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 Don Rebar, Producer Paul Allan and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op  at "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.



It was a grand evening of elegance on August 18th as Long Island residents enjoyed "Dressing for the Night," the second annual gala benefit for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.


Guests and Supporters enjoyed cocktails, dinner and live entertainment in celebration of Long Island's oldest professional theatre!  Highlights of the evening included a showcase of Gateway's most magnificent costumes from "Gone With the Wind," "Camelot," "The Follies," "My Fair Lady" "42nd Street, "On The Town," "Oklahoma" and many more.

Contributors enjoyed cuisine from Bellport's best restaurants. Big band music was provided by The Black Tie Affair's 16-piece orchestra. The event also participated in exciting auctions and special performances from Broadway's Stars including Jennifer Hope Wills ("Beauty and the Beast," "Phantom of the Opera," "Wonderful Town," "The Woman in White") and many more fabulous tunes were sung by Actors Erica Aubrey and Edward Staudenmay throughout the elegant evening.

Wills starred as Eliza Doolittle in Gateway's "My Fair Lady," On Broadway she has performed as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" and played opposite Brooke Shields as Eileen Sherwood in Kathleen Marshall's revival of "Wonderful Town."  Other credits include Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Woman in White," as well as Off Broadway's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."


Both Aubrey and Staudenmayer will be familiar to Gateway patrons for their lead roles as Judy Bernley and Franklin Hart, Jr. in Dolly Parton's "9 to 5: The Musical."  Aubrey has appeared with Matthew Broderick, Barbara Cook, Patti Lupone and Sarah Hessica Parker in New York City Center's "Encores!"

Staudenmayer, a Barrymore Award nominee, made his Broadway debut in "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me" and portrayed the White Rabbit in the original Broadway production of "Wonderland." He continues a 17- year association with the "Forbidden Broadway" franchise.

August 22 – September 9 at the Gateway Playhouse most-requested show returns! Adapted by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit—creators of the Tony Award-winning Nine—this thrilling version of the Gaston Leroux novel tells the story of a disfigured musical genius whose love of music leads to an infatuation with his protégée, Christine, and her ethereal voice. Their romance quickly turns to tragedy as the townspeople angrily converge on the disfigured Phantom. The combination of fanciful sets, elaborate costumes, unexpected comedy and Yeston's ethereal music forms a show that will tempt the music lover in us all.

The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is committed to producing and presenting the highest caliber theater and performing arts events as well as engaging and training the next generation of artists. Theatre is the essential human art form through which PACSC enriches the cultural lives of Long Island communities, providing a vital, local alternative to Broadway.
For more information please visit www.gatewayplayhouse.com.

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