The CEO of First Financial Resources Ltd. in Greenwich, Connecticut, Kenneth Wirth is an avid supporter of the theatrical arts and serves on the Board of Directors of the Drama League, an organization that strives to promote the personal, professional, and creative development of artists. Kenneth Wirth and his fellow Drama League personnel are set to hold the organization’s annual Musical Celebration of Broadway benefit gala on February 2, 2015.
A tradition that began in 1994, the Drama League’s gala honors contributions to American theatre by directors and theatrical, musical, and literary artists. Additionally, it acts as a fundraising event for the League’s education programs. The annual event honors a different artist each year, chosen by their commitments to arts education, charitable efforts, and assorted work and projects. In past years, the gala honored artists that include actor Neil Patrick Harris and singer Liza Minelli. A wide assortment of Broadway and Hollywood stars attend the event every year.
The 2015 Musical Celebration of Broadway will honor actor James Earl Jones. A recipient of two Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, and an Academy Award, Jones is likely most known as the actor behind the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Taking place at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, the black-tie evening will include dinner, cocktails, and a star-studded musical spectacle.
Those interested in attending the gala can purchase individual tickets or a full table that seats 10 people. For more information and ticket prices, visit the Drama League’s benefit gala page at http://dramaleague.org/events/gala.
Kenneth Wirth, the CEO and founder of First Financial Resources, Ltd., also stays busy as the business manager of The Midtown Men. The popular group features the original four stars of the Tony-winning Broadway show Jersey Boys. Under the management of Kenneth Wirth, the quartet is currently on tour in the United States performing popular songs from the 1960s.
Christian Hoff is one of the stars of the successful Broadway show. Not only did he win a Tony for his role of Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, he is also a talented voice-over actor. His vocal work on Tell Me How You Love the Picture broke the record for the number of characters in an audiobook. Michael Longoria started out playing the role of Joey (Joe Pesci) in Jersey Boys, but he took over the role of Frankie Valli in 2007. He was also part of the original Tony award-winning cast of Hairspray. Cleveland’s Daniel Reichard played Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys. Before joining his cast mates to form The Midtown Men, he played Candide in the Leonard Bernstein opera. The fourth member of The Midtown Men, J. Robert Spencer, played Nick Massi in Jersey Boys. He has received numerous nominations for Tony awards over the years.
The chief executive officer of First Financial Resources, Ltd., Kenneth Wirth displays expertise beyond his work in finance. Kenneth Wirth also represents The Midtown Men as the Tony Award-winning group’s business manager.
Comprised of four cast members from Broadway’s Jersey Boys, The Midtown Men tour the country singing hit songs from the 1960s. In a production that features the music of such super-‘60s bands as the Beatles and those from the Motown sound machine, The Midtown Men celebrate the music of a generation.
Tony Award winner Christian Hoff joins Michael Longoria, Daniel Richard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer to represent the first time that a principal musical cast has emerged as a distinctive musical force beyond the status of tribute band.
Before they launched as The Midtown Men, the cast performed more than 1,000 times together in the musical Jersey Boys. These four artists energized audiences in performances on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and on late-night television in addition to daytime appearances. They have toured the continent and now begin their forth year where one on the highlights are performing at over twenty of the great Symphonies across the country to include a coming engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.