The Bay Street Theater will host an evening at the TOPPING ROSE Gala next week


Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced performances for its final benefit gala, An Evening at Topping Rose, on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the historic barn of The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. There are only a few places.

The evening celebrates the development of new work by emerging and established Broadway talent. Funds raised will be used to support these exciting and creative endeavours. The evening begins with a signature cocktail, followed by a unique farm-to-table dinner and dessert provided by Jean-Georges. A silent auction and other surprise moments will follow.

Entertainment includes performances by Broadway stars Bobby Conte Thornton and Alex Wyse. Composer and lyricist Madeline Myers will perform selections from her new Broadway-bound musical, Double Helix. His work was recently selected as part of the Bay Street Theatre’s New Works Festival 2022. Sag Harbor local Anna Schiavoni, current member of Bay Street’s Michael Downing Acting Apprenticeship Program, will also perform at the event.

Tickets start at $1500. For information on upcoming receptions or to purchase tickets, contact Director of Philanthropy Kim Fink directly at [email protected].

Madeline Myers is a composer and lyricist for musical theater in New York. His musicals include Double Helix, Flatbush Avenue (UNC-Greensboro commission), The Devil’s Apprentice, (world premiere in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018) and Masterpiece (2018 O’Neill Musical Theater Conference semi-finalist). Named to the 2022 Broadway Women’s Fund’s “Women to Watch on Broadway” list, Madeline is a finalist for the 2022 Kleban Award for Lyric Writing, winner of the 2021 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award presented by New York Stage & Film and the Ziegfeld Club; a 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist; a NEO Writer from York Theater Company in 2019; a 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 ASCAP Plus Award recipient; and a member of the 2016-2017 Playwrights Guild. Madeline’s musicals have been developed at Bay Street Theatre, York Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals (Johnny Mercer Writers Grove), New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival, Musical Theater Factory, NMI Disney Imagineering New Voices Project, at the New York Theater Barn and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. When not writing musicals, Madeline enjoys reading, walking in Central Park and volunteering. She is an active volunteer with the Central Synagogue’s Homeless Breakfast Program and the founder of a 2020 voter registration/census initiative for New York’s homeless community. During the pandemic, Madeline worked with NYC Test & Trace Corps to bring mobile vaccination buses and PPE to homeless New Yorkers. In 2018, Madeline established the Blair School of Music Student Citizen Award given to a student demonstrating excellence in personal character and contributions to the community. Madeline serves on the alumni board of Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Scholars Program, of which she is a proud alumnus. She is an original member of the music department of the Broadway production of Hamilton. Madeline is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. She is represented by Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency.

Bobby Conte Thornton made his Broadway debut as Calogero in A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. He returned to Broadway this spring singing “Another Hundred People” as the PJ in the gender-specific revival of Marianne Elliott’s Company. Other New York theater: My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theatre); Start Here, Start Now (York Theater Company). Regional: Last Days of Summer (George Street Playhouse); all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theatre); the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theater Center/Cleveland Play House); three seasons at Muny. Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk (directed by Barry Jenkins); “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Madam Secretary”, “The Code”. His debut studio album, Along the Way, is available through all digital music providers. Education: BFA, University of Michigan; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. @bobby_tale

Alex Wyse is the co-writer/star of Off-Broadway’s A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet, co-creator/star of the Emmy-nominated Indoor Boys, and co-director/writer of the upcoming feature, Summoning Sylvia. As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in Waitress, Spring Awakening and Lysistrata Jones, touring in Wicked, off-Broadway in Ride the Cyclone, Bare, Triassic Parq and Lysistrata Jones, and regionally in Hartford Stage, Wallis Annenberg, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Maltz Jupiter, Huntington, Boston’s Lyric Stage Company, and more. TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Other Two, Iron Fist, Masters of Sex, NCIS: LA, The Bold and the Beautiful, Switched at Birth, Modern Family, Agent X, A to Z, Bad Judge and Bored to Death. Film credits include X/Y and Dating My Mother. He was co-producer of What the Constitution Means to Me. BFA: Boston University.

Anna Francesca Schiavoni is a 20-year-old theater major and music minor attending George Washington University. She has participated in various productions at STAGES, Pierson Middle and High School, Long Island Musical Theater Festival (LIMTF), Community Theater, Southampton Cultural Center, Young Authors and Writers Project (YAWP), George Washington University Theater Program, at Manhattan Concert Productions. , and Bay Street Theater including: The Prince of Egypt, DreamWorks Theatricals World Premiere Staged Reading (Young Miriam/Leah), Windfall (Hannah Higley u/s), Hamlet (Ophelia), Little Women the Musical (Jo March) , Pippin (Catherine), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood, winner of the Teeny Award for Best Supporting Actress in a musical), Heathers: The Musical (Mrs. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom), Harvey (Veta Louise Simmons, Teeny Award nominee for Best Actress in a Play), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), Manhattan Concert Productions’ Parade (Alto Ensemble) and The Secret Garden (Soprano II Ensemble), Cabaret (Texas the K it Kat Girl) and Anything Goes (Teeny Award nominee Erma for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical).

The 2022 Mainstage Season is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; town of Southampton; The Shubert Foundation; Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs; fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning; AARP Long Island; Adam Miller Group; Title Advantage; Air Hamptons; the baron’s cove; Bartlett tree experts; Compass Real Estate’s CeeJack team; Corcoran; Dayton, Ritz & Osborne Insurance; DIME; East end awning; East End Tick and Mosquito Control; first coastal; Fisherman signs and shirts; Greg D’Angelo; Grenning Gallery; port pets; landscape architects Hollander Design; Jane Holden; BHS; Maggio Environmental Services; Mala Sander + Team; National Grid; North American Air Charter; Northwell Health; Peconic Bay Medical Center; Propane deposit; PSEG Long Island; REVCO lighting; Sag Harbor Books; Six Sigma Automotive Group; SOTHEBY’S; Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; The Awning company; The wharf shop; Twin Fork Pest Control; Unlimited Earth Heals; Weber & Grahn; and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available through a contactless ticket office. It is strongly recommended that all guests wear masks upon entry and when seated in the theatre. For a complete list of COVID-19 safety procedures and guidelines for in-person events, please visit us online at

Bay Street Theater is a year-round professional theater and non-profit community cultural center that strives to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.


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