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Beth LeavelThe Board of Directors and Executive Director/Producer/Founder of THE COLUMN Awards Organization John Garcia are immensely proud to announce one of Broadway’s brightest stars will serve as the guest star and Co-host for this year’s Gala, Tony Award winner Beth Leavel!

Ms. Leavel received Tony, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in the mega hit smash musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.  Beth also received a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nomination for her role as Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You.  She recently made her NY Cabaret debut at 54 Below to sell out audiences.  She has performed the roles of Dolly in Hello Dolly at Cape Playhouse, Sally Adams in Call Me Madam at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias at the North Carolina Theatre and the much put upon maid, Berthe, in Boeing-Boeing at the Paper Mill Playhouse.  Other Broadway roles Emily in Elf, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street, Tess in the original company of Crazy For You, Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War, Ellie in Hal Prince's Showboat, and Anytime Annie (her Broadway debut) in 42nd Street.  Ms. Leavel was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette as Lucille.  Numerous Off-Broadway, regional theatre, commercials, and TV, including the final episode of ER.  MFA from UNC-G. Proud mom to T.J. and Sam. She is grateful to my boys @ BRS/GAGE

From New York Ms. Leavel stated, “I am so very honored, delighted and tickled to be joining my Dallas/Fort Worth sisters and brothers for THE COLUMN Awards! Woo hoo!! It is guaranteed to be a night of celebration, song and laughs!!...and all benefiting an organization near and dear to my heart...BCEFA! Who knows...there maybe a little "Stumble Along" before the night is over...the possibilities are endless.....See you then!”

THE COLUMN Awards honors excellence in theater within the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre metroplex, both in Equity and Non-Equity.

THE COLUMN Awards holds the great distinction as being the only theater awards organization in the United States that also serves as a major fundraiser for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS. Over their 15 year history they have raised over $95,000.00 for BC/EFA.


THE COLUMN AWARDS will be held at the Patty Granville Performing Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St, Garland, Texas

The Gala will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016. Cocktail reception is from 7:00pm-8:00pm, with the awards ceremony starting promptly at 8:00pm.

Regular and VIP Tickets are available now from the Granville Arts Center website for $25 and $50 respectively. Both tickets will gain you admittance to the Gala, while the VIP Ticket ($50) allows you attend the VIP Reception and the Meet & Greet with Beth Leavel.