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Wayne State and the Nederlander family present the 7th annual Apple Award to Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin

March 13, 2009

Detroit - Wayne State University and the Nederlander family proudly announce the seventh annual Apple Award gala April 16, 6pm, at the Fisher Theatre.

Attendees of the gala will enjoy an exciting night with Broadway, film and TV greats Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin while supporting Wayne State University Theatre. The 2009 Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for Excellence in Theatre, the Apple Award, is presented jointly to LuPone and Patinkin with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, a performance of their touring show An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin and a post-performance afterglow.

Tickets to the evening's entire lineup of events are $200 per person. The Nederlander Company is donating all Fisher Theatre proceeds from April 16 to Wayne State University Theatre. Visit to RSVP online, or call (313) 577-0300. Tickets to the performance alone are available via Ticketmaster.

Patti LuPone's memorable performances include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards) and Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom (1976 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations). For London performances in Les Miserables and The Cradle Will Rock, she won an Olivier Award. Among her many film credits are Driving Miss Daisy and Witness. Television credits include Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination), Law & Order (with Wayne State alumna S. Epatha Merkerson), OZ (with WSU alumnus Ernie Hudson) and The Song Spinner, for which she received a Daytime Emmy nomination. Visit for more.

In his Broadway debut, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in Evita and was nominated for his role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. His film credits include The Princess Bride, Ragtime, True Colors and Yentl. He won a 1995 Emmy Award for his critically acclaimed performance in the television series Chicago Hope. Among his many album recordings is Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish, which won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis, Germany's equivalent of the Grammy Award. Visit for more.

In 2001, the Nederlander family formed a partnership with the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University, establishing the Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for Excellence in Theatre, an annual theatre award and visiting artist fund in their mother's name held in WSU's Department of Theatre. The Apple Award, appropriately named for Sarah "Apple" Nederlander, each year brings a nationally prominent theatre professional to Detroit and the Wayne State University campus as a guest lecturer to interact with and educate the rising stars of the Department of Theatre through master classes and a Q&A forum.

Wayne State University's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts is educating the next generation of visual artists, musicians, communication professionals and professional actors and dancers. The college offers 16 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs through its five departments of Art and Art History, Communication, Dance, Music and Theatre, with students benefiting from expert faculty and state of the art resources. Wayne State University is a premier institution of higher education offering more than 350 academic programs through 12 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students.