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Classical Theater of Harlem to hold inaugural benefit

Event skedded for Feb. 28

Classical Theater of Harlem holds its inaugural benefit Feb. 28 at Gotham’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The event will honor thesps Diahann Carroll, Phylicia Rashad and Earle Hyman with awards named for legends of African-American theater.

The Josephine Premice Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theater will be presented to Carroll, a Tony winner for 1962’s “No Strings.”

The Rose McClendon Trailblazer Award will be presented to Rashad, last year’s winner of the Tony for performance by a leading actress in a play for “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The Ira Aldridge Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theater will be presented to Hyman, a celebrated Shakespearean actor for six decades. He began his career at the American Negro Theater in Harlem and is retiring from performing after starring in Classical Theater of Harlem’s production of “The Cherry Orchard,” which runs through Feb. 27.

For more information about the event, which will feature a buffet dinner, entertainment and the awards presentation, call (212) 868-4444.

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