All event proceeds benefit education and community engagement programs, celebrating “One Enchanted Decade”
(Chicago, IL – Â Screen and stage heartthrob Matthew Morrison takes a break from his Glee television classroom to headline Goodman Theatreâ€™s May 21 Gala and celebrate â€œOne Enchanted Decadeâ€ on Dearborn Street. The Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-Award nominated â€œtriple-threatâ€ (LA Times) has captivated audiences of all ages. â€œBlessed with a boyish innocence and beautiful voiceâ€ (Playbill), Morrison lights up both the stage and small screen with his mesmerizing talent. The black-tie gala event begins with a cocktail reception at the Goodman (170 N. Dearborn), followed by Morrisonâ€™s performance in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. The festivities continue as guests shuttle to The Fairmont Hotel (200 N. Columbus) for an elegant dinner and dancing to the tunes of the Al Sofia Orchestra. All proceeds benefit the Goodmanâ€™s Educational and Community Engagement programs.
Tables are available at the $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 levels; individual tickets start at $500. For tickets and information about the Gala, call 312.443.3811 ext. 586.
â€œWe are so thrilled to have Mr. Morrison help celebrate our â€œOne Enchanted Decadeâ€ Gala,â€ said Goodman Womanâ€™s Board President Joan Clifford. â€œThis event is so special to our entire Goodman family. Not only will the entertainment be superb but we are raising money for our Education and Community Engagement programs as well.â€ Â
Goodman Womenâ€™s Board members Margaret Janus and Swati Mehta are the Gala Co-Chairs. Gala Sponsor Partners include Sharon and Charles Angell, The Boeing Company, Joan and Bob Clifford, Alice and John Sabl, Patricia Cox, Ellen and Paul Gignilliat, Harris Bank, Sondra and Denis Healy/Turtle Wax, Inc., Wayne and Margie Janus, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Swati and Siddharth Mehta, Carol Prins and John Hart. Gala benefactors include Aon and UBS. Patricia Cox is Chairman of the Goodman Theatre Board of Trustees and Joan Clifford is Womenâ€™s Board President.
About Matthew Morrison
â€œOne of the smartest young actors in the business, Matthew Morrison also has that classic manner about him, in many ways reminiscent of a young Marlon Brando, James Dean or Montgomery Cliff. And, even more than those beloved icons, he can dance and sing.â€ (BroadwayWorld.com) Matthew Morrison is no stranger to musical theater, vocal performance and dance, which he studied at New York Universityâ€™s renowned Tisch School of the Arts.Â His career began when he made his musical theater debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of The Rocky Horror Show.Â His big break came when he landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Watersâ€™ Hairspray for which he received an Outer Critics Awards Nomination. He received rave reviews for his Tony-nominated performance as Fabrizio in Adam Guettelâ€™s The Light in the Piazza, and for his performance as Lieutenant Cable in Lincoln Centerâ€™s production of South Pacific.Â He is best known for his Golden Globe, Emmy and Peopleâ€™s Choice nominated role as Will Schuester on the hit Fox television show Glee.Â He has also received a Satellite Award for this role.