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The Village Green was rockin’ as Bedford Playhouse honored Legendary music mogul, Clive Davis and Board Chair Emeritus, Sarah Long at the Platinum Party for the Playhouse last April for their significant contributions to the Playhouse and the arts.


In the spring of 2018, Clive Davis played a significant role in the reopening efforts of the Playhouse by making a substantial financial contribution. With the funds and his name behind the project, the organization was able to get to the finish line with their three-year fundraising efforts. The Playhouse re-opened in September of 2018. 


Davis is one of the record industry’s most innovative and influential executives. Clive Davis has had a profound effect on the world of music, acting as both its champion and its critic, and as perhaps its most visible and respected spokesman. Clive Davis’ contributions to music are, to a large extent, responsible for bringing the industry to where it is in the new millennium.


Sarah Long is the Founding Chairman of the Bedford Playhouse, where she helped spearhead the restoration of the historic theater. After a twenty-five year career as an actress in theater and television, she now focuses on philanthropy and volunteer work in arts education and mental health causes. In addition to her work with Bedford Playhouse, Sarah serves on the board of the JED Foundation, and sits on the Executive Committee of the New 42. Sarah received her BA from Yale College and her MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, where she is a founding member of the Board of Advisors.


True to the Playhouse’s mission to deliver one of a kind content; the Gala evening began with Music Industry Titans Monte Lipman & Avery Lipman, Founders & Chief Executives of Republic Records, Billboard’s Label of the Year, hosted an historic sit-down Q & A with the “Golden Ear of Music” Industry Powerhouse Clive Davis. The evening was hosted by music writer and producer Sam Hollander and actor Matthew Del Negro.


The Gala was co-chaired by Jamie Rinaldi and Stephanie Small. “These incredible industry superstars have given so much to the theater, making it the cultural gem it is today,” said Rinaldi.

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