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Spirit of the City Gala

  • THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE 1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10025 United States (map)

The Thirty-Fifth Spirit of the City Gala

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine will honor the distinguished award-winning Broadway, film, and television performer Patti LuPonewith The 2016 Spirit of the City Award on Monday, May 23rd, 2016.

A native of Long Island, in 1979 Ms. LuPone originated the role of Eva Peron in Evita on Broadway for which she was awarded the Tony. In 2011 she reunited with her co-star from that production in the Broadway musical An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. In between, Ms. LuPone performed in film and on television and in New York on Broadway in Mamet’s The Anarchist (2012), the musicals Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010), Sweeney Todd (2005), andAnything Goes (1987). In London’s West End, Ms. LuPone originated lead roles in the musicals Les Miserables (1985) and Sunset Boulevard(1993). She can be seen currently on Showtime in Penny Dreadful. Ms. LuPone has been honored for her contributions to the stage, and for her advocacy on behalf of equality, human rights, and the arts. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School and a founding member of The Acting Company.

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The Spirit of the City evening will begin with cocktails and dinner as guests move between the seven ornate “Chapels of the Tongues,” referring to the languages and nationalities predominant in New York at the time of the Cathedral’s founding in 1892. Dining at community tables within each space, guests will discover the chapels anew and will enjoy culinary delights of these nations before convening in the Crossing for the evening’s program.

For information about attending The Spirit of the City Gala contact Priscilla Bayley, Director of Individual Giving, at (212) 316-7570 or

Proceeds from the evening will support the Cathedral’s mission to provide social services year-round through the Sunday soup kitchen, clothing closet and health counseling; public education and school tours; classical music concerts; intellectual conversations; art exhibitions; civic gatherings and building conservation and preservation. The Cathedral was chartered in New York City to be a house of prayer for all people, and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership.

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