Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 7pm CST

Join us Saturday, May 22 at 7 pm CST for the Goodman Theatre’s Virtual Gala Together Center Stage Starring Tony and Grammy Winner Heather Headley

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.

We hope you will join us center stage for a wonderful evening of song and celebration.


  • Heather Headley

    Heather Headley Performer

  • Jermaine Hill

    Jermaine Hill Music Director

  • Elizabeth Addison

    Elizabeth Addison Composer

  • Matt Gould

    Matt Gould Composer

  • Khiyon Hursey

    Khiyon Hursey Composer

  • Griffin Matthews

    Griffin Matthews Composer

  • Curtis Bannister

    Curtis Bannister Performer

  • Sydney Charles

    Sydney Charles Performer

  • Lucy Godínez

    Lucy Godínez Performer

  • Bethany Thomas

    Bethany Thomas Performer