Emelin Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Gala Features Broadway Star Mandy Gonzalez

The Emelin Theatre for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with a Gala on November 3 featuring Broadway Star Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In The Heights, Wicked). The SHINE ON Gala will be the not-for-profit Emelin’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and its success is key as the Theater continues to ‘rise and shine’ from closing and other pandemic related challenges. This festive and fun evening will be a great opportunity to join together in support of the Emelin, a cultural beacon for the region for half a century. 


“We are overjoyed to welcome everyone back for our exciting 51st season and invite all to attend our SHINE ON Gala,” said Mark Ettenger, President of the Emelin Board of Directors. “As a cultural hub for Southern Westchester and beyond, we are committed to providing exciting, accessible and affordable programming to our diverse region, and our recent renovation puts a new SHINE ON our ‘jewel of a theatre,’ as it was dubbed on Opening Night in 1972 by renowned critic Walter Kerr.”

Half a century later, the intimate 267-seat theatre at 153 Library Lane continues to SHINE ON. 


“The Emelin has been a bedrock of our community and all of Southern Westchester,” said Tom Murphy, Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck. “Not only does the theater enrich us culturally, but it is central to the vibrancy of our restaurant and entertainment district on the Avenue, an important destination for the County. With programs like School Outreach, Film Club and Free Concerts in the Park, The Emelin is always looking for ways to bring people together – and that’s music to my ears.”


The Emelin was founded in 1972 as a gift to the Westchester community by local businessman Arthur C. Emelin. Its mission was to “bring the best in professional performing arts programming to the widest possible audience to entertain, educate and invigorate the entire community.” The theatre was designed by leading architectural firm Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, known for creating some of NYC’s best known public spaces, including many theaters. As it enters its sixth decade, The Emelin is proud to serve the needs of diverse audiences by offering them rich cultural opportunities that inspire, entertain, and educate.


Details about purchasing tickets to the Gala and other ways to contribute can be found at emelin.org/gala-2022/