The Goodman Theatre’s Virtual Gala that took place Saturday, May 22 is available to watch through June 17 at 11:59pm CDT
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Acclaimed as "one of the great entertainers of the day," Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley will headline this year’s virtual event. Ms. Headley is best known for her award-winning performance in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida, directed by Robert Falls. Billboard Magazine proclaims, “Heather Headley is among the top singers with a vocal [sic] that absolutely astounds with its intensity”. Also featured center stage will be Lucy Godinez, Sydney Charles and Bethany Thomas, each of whom have appeared on Goodman stages in recent years. They’ll perform songs by Khiyon Hersey, Elizabeth Addison, Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, luminary voices from the next generation of American composers. The evening will also feature a very special performance by Curtis Bannister, one of the most dynamic multi-genre artists of his generation, and it will be under the music direction of the acclaimed Jermaine Hill. For more information about the artists, click on their photos below.
The funds raised from the virtual Gala will support the Goodman’s education and engagement programs, which are part of a three-decade legacy in service to the Chicagoland region. These programs, all offered free of charge, serve 3,000 students aged 15 to 95 annually and teach essential skills like writing and math while also providing a space for collaboration, creativity, and joy at the service of a better Chicago for all. Learn more about these programs here.