Fall Benefit

October 23, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Night of the Living Musicals

An afternoon of cocktails & costumes*, benefiting Hangar education programs!

Saturday, Oct 23, 3-5 PM

We welcome you to the Hangar Theatre Outdoor Stage (in a heated, open-sided tent) for an afternoon of live performance! Enjoy indulgent hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, socialize with Ithaca’s change-makers and art lovers, and learn how you can support Hangar Theatre’s exciting future plans. Proceeds will benefit thousands of community members who rely on the Hangar’s year round cultural programming.

*Costumes are optional! Come dressed as your favorite musical (or a character from it) for the chance to win “best costume!”

If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation in support of Hangar’s renowned cultural programming.

Schedule of Events:
3:00 pm – Event begins with drinks and hors d’oeuvres
3:30 pm – Welcome and Hangar News
4:00 pm – Julie Benko performs songs from beloved musicals, classic and contemporary!
4:50 pm – Award for Best Costume; Summer 2022 Announcements

Donor Ticket: $250 (includes $150 tax-deductible gift to the Hangar)
Patron Ticket: $100 (covers the cost of attendance)
Community Ticket: $25 (available to anyone!)
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Enter for your chance to win amazing prize packages with items like event tickets, lake cottage stays, and boat cruises, fit for residents or visitors!

Drawing: Sat., 10/23. You do not need to be present to win.



Featuring Julie Benko from Once

Julie Benko (she/her) is thrilled to return to “gorges” Ithaca after starring in the Hangar’s production of Once this summer. Her acting highlights include Broadway revivals and national tours of Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening, as well as leading roles in off-Broadway and regional productions of Once, Rags, The Fantasticks, Our Town, The Golem of the Havana, Bar Mitzvah Boy, and more. Her debut album “Introducing Julie Benko” is available wherever music is streaming, and she is currently recording her second record due to be released next spring: a duo jazz album with pianist (and her new spouse) Jason Yeager. Julie is the author of The District, a full-length play-with-music set in the legal red light district that existed in New Orleans prior to World War One, which is currently being workshopped at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY. She was awarded the Gold Medal and Johnny Mercer Award at the 2017 American Traditions Vocal Competition, as well as the Wilde Award for “Best Actress in a Musical” for her performance as Girl in Once. She holds a BFA in Drama and an MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. For more information, visit her website at www.JulieBenko.com.

With accompanist Jeff Theiss

Jeff Theiss (he/him) Music Director – is a highly in-demand music director, accompanist, arranger, and coach in New York and throughout the country. He was the music director for the Grammy Award winning and 10-time Tony Award winning The Band’s Visit on Broadway, as well as various musical positions for Lysistrata Jones and The Book Of Mormon. No stranger to upstate NY, Jeff has been a long-time music director for The REV Theatre Company (formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse/FLMTF) and graduated with his master’s in music from Ithaca College where he is currently on faculty as an assistant professor in the theater department. Jeff is excited to finally join the Hangar team for this concert and, hopefully, many more productions to come (hint, hint!).

Food & Drink:

Open bar includes beer from Lucky Hare Brewing, wine from Damiani Wine Cellars and Sheldrake Point Winery.

Food includes Ithaca Bakery Catering’s swedish meatballs, honey mustard chicken, cheese tortellini with pesto, baby spanakopita, butternut squash strudel, cheese with bread & crackers, crudite with dip, fruit, cookies, and individual mini desserts. Yum!


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Costumes Are Optional!

Costume Inspiration:

-If you need help thinking of a musical, you can browse the Hangar’s full production history here.

Costume Inspiration Links:

Broadway Inspired Costumes

Broadway Inspired Costumes To Make

Broadway Costumes You Can Make Yourself