Title Sponsors Announced for PPAC GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL, SPECIAL GUEST BONNIE HUNT
Providence, RI – J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce that Marcum LLP, The Providence Journal, and Taco/The White Family Foundation are the proud title sponsors for the PPAC Gala: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL, SPECIAL GUEST BONNIE HUNT. Mr. Crystal will appear with Ms. Hunt at PPAC on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P.
Anthony Scillia, Partner-in-Charge of the New England Region of Marcum LLP said, “We are delighted to be a title sponsor for SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL, and are looking forward to seeing Crystal, who is a comedy legend, at the historic and beautiful Providence Performing Arts Center. Marcum is committed to supporting non-profit organizations like PPAC who enrich the city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island.”
John Hazen White, Jr., Executive Chairman of the Board – Taco Comfort Solutions, said, “Taco/The White Family Foundation are happy to continue supporting the Providence Performing Arts Center as a title sponsor of their Annual Gala. Taco/The White Family Foundation is also the title sponsor of PPAC’s Broadway Series. They are a fantastic partner.”
Janet Hasson, Regional Publisher & President of The Providence Journal, said, “The Providence Journal is a proud sponsor of the PPAC Gala with the goal of preserving a community gem for future Rhode Islanders.”
Tickets for the Gala are $300 and include prime seating to SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL, access to the post-show party at PPAC, and parking. The PPAC Gala is a fundraiser for the Theatre and is a black-tie optional event. Gala Tickets are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. Please email PPAC Director of Ticketing Donna Santos at [email protected] for more information on the Gala and to purchase tickets.
There are a selected number of orchestra and loge seating available for SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL; these are non-Gala tickets. Non-Gala tickets are $200 - $45; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Due to the popularity of Spend the Night with Billy Crystal, please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for ticket availability. Box Office Hours are Monday – Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days.
Audiences and critics alike are praising SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL. The Orlando Sentinel notes, “The crowd happily ate up whatever Crystal was serving because it was prime fare,” and Broadway World raves, “Crystal is on point, humorous, slick, and still timely…ideas, impressions come to him and he runs with it…In this, he is brilliant and eternally ageless.” Sarasota Magazine writes that Bonnie Hunt “makes a good partner throughout the evening, getting in a few good comedy lines herself as well as asking Crystal the questions that spark his best stories.”
A stand-up comic turned television star, Crystal found fame as a movie funnyman with starring roles in blockbusters such as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, and Analyze This. He was much loved as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards, an achievement topped only by Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars 19 times. Also an award-winning author, Crystal’s latest memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? was an instant New York Times best seller.
Hunt is a versatile and accomplished writer, director, producer, and an Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actress, earning critical acclaim in film, television and theater. She became familiar to audiences with her unforgettable cameos in such films as Rain Man, building an impressive film resume and receiving rave reviews for her roles in Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Jumanji, Only You, and Cheaper By The Dozen, to name a few.