You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Legiters show class

Love, valor and compassion for McNally

Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham.

Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company.

Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie Falco, Alan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Roger Rees, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Raul Esparza and Met soprano Joyce DiDonato.

McNally, 72 and with new musical “Catch Me if You Can” in previews, stepped onstage with his husband, attorney Tom Kirdahy, and saluted his father, “who had show albums and Billie Holiday records and took me to real theater.”

He also thanked three women: Manhattan Theater Club’s Lynne Meadows, “who gave me my artistic life”; Lansbury, who “saved my life by saying, ‘Terrence, I think you drink too much,’ “; and Memorial Sloan Kettering thoracic surgeon Dr. Valerie Rusch, who treated his lung cancer.

A sitdown dinner followed at Times Square’s Blue Fin restaurant, where Kirdahy recalled their decade together, and McNally noted, “April 9 is our first anniversary. We got married on the banks of the Potomac behind the Kennedy Center.”

More Scene

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 23: Actor

    Diego Luna, Mishel Prada Speak Out Against Border Separations at Latino Media Awards

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22:

    SZA Holds Nothing Back in Second Show Since Vocal Injury Scare

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

  • 'SORRY TO BOTHER YOU'

    Why 'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley Thinks His Satirical Comedy Is 'Realistic'

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

  • Tesse Restaurant Opens on L.A.'s Sunset

    Tesse Restaurant Takes on the Challenge of Making the Sunset Strip Hip Again

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: The 10 Standout Moments

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

  • Brandon Flynn, Timothy Granaderos, Alisha Boe,

    Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her 'Bible' for '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

    Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham. Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company. Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content