Director Jim Staley and our Board of Directors invite you to join Roulette in celebration of its 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 7–11PM at Roulette. The evening honors prolific musical producer Hal Willner.

All guests enjoy delicious, buffet-style and passed fare and dessert from Night Kitchen, an open bar, a champagne toast, and performances by artists from Willner’s extensive career.
Guests seated at tables enjoy additional food during the performance and beverage service.

Hal Willner’s unexpected approach to curation has made him one of the most refreshing musical connectors of our time. Mr. Willner served on Roulette’s Board of Directors from 1993-1997, and has played a critical role in New York City’s vibrant musical scene for 40 years and counting.

His many concept albums and live events have celebrated unlikely collaborations—his Kurt Weill tribute records feature the likes of Sting, Charlie Haden, Lou Reed, Nick Cave; while his Amarcord Nino Rota tribute album features Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Muhal Richard Abrams; his Disney album features performances by artists like Sun Ra, and Ringo Starr; and his live events bring together dozens of leading creative voices across film, comedy, music, and theater. He has been the sketch music producer of Saturday Night Live for the past 30 years, and is currently working on his next concept album on the music of T. Rex.

In this spirit, Mr. Willner has brought together an extraordinary cohort of talent for Roulette’s 40th Anniversary Gala, including avant-pop icon Laurie Anderson, incomparable performance artist and filmmaker Kembra Pfahler, Joan Wasser (Joan as Police Woman) of Antony and the JohnsonsNew York Dolls’ David Johansen, Steve Cuiffo as comedian Lenny Bruce, composer and slide-trumpeter Steven Bernstein, SNL Musical Director and keyboardist Eli Brueggemann, saxophonist and SNL band Music Director Lenny Pickett, singer Janine Nichols, singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson, actress Chloe Webb, and saxophonist and singer Doug Wieselman.

All proceeds from the evening go to the creation of Roulette’s Future Fund—a multi-purpose reserve fund to help build a strong, sustainable future for our organization and the artists we present. Support for the Future Fund will be matched up to $150,000 by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Tickets and More Information

Anniversary Level — $7,500/table of 10 || $750/seat

Founder Level [SOLD OUT] — $5,000/table of 10 || $500/seat [SOLD OUT]

Premium Level [SOLD OUT] — $3,000/table of 8 || $375/seat [4 SEATS LEFT]

Gold Level [ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT] — $1,000/table of 4 || $250/seat [ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT]

Prime Mezzanine Seating || $150

Mezzanine Seating || $100


For questions or more information, please contact Emily Bookwalter, Director of Development, at emily@roulette.org, 917.267.2440


Meredith Monk
Joseph Walker


Sean Buffington
MV Carbon
Dick Connette
Mario Diaz de Leon
Robert Flynt
Paul + Rochelle Gertner
Mary MacArthur Griffin
Simon Hanes
Anne Hemenway
Pauline Kim
John King
Gordon Knox
John Madsen
Stéphanie Palmer
Zeena Parkins
Catherine Pavlov
Tomeka Reid
Ned Rothenberg
Jason Weiss
Scott Wollschleger
*list in formation

photo of Hal Willner: Andrew White for The New York Times