Kelli O'Hara to be honored at Westport Playhouse gala
The Sept. 21 event titled, "Something Wonderful: A Gala Evening Celebrating Kelli O'Hara," will also see presentation of the third annual Playhouse Leadership Award to John Samuelson.
Last year, O'Hara's performance as Francesca in the musical adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County" earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She also portrayed Mrs. Darling in NBC's live telecast of "Peter Pan," alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle, and made her Metropolitan Opera debut opposite Renee Fleming in "The Merry Widow."
Samuelson has been a playhouse trustee for the past decade, and with his wife Barbara has been a philanthropist to causes in Westport and New York City.
"I am thrilled to be able to announce our very special gala honoree, the toast of Broadway and one of its most beautiful and talented leading ladies," Mark Lamos, the Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, said in announcing O'Hara's selection. "She brings new luster to the classic, incredibly varied and iconic roles of such hits as `South Pacific' and `Pajama Game,' as well as her current triumph in `The King and I.'
`The shimmering beauty of her voice, her charisma and style combine to make her a one-of-a-kind, gold-plated star -- Broadway hasn't experienced this combination for decades. How lucky we will be to celebrate her for one very special night only," Lamos added.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit, professional theater, now in its 85th season, as well as its work with schools and in the community.
The program will feature performances by Broadway talent to be announced at a later date and surprise guests.
The gala begins with a cocktail party at 5:45 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. performance. Dinner with the evening's artists and special guests will be at 8:30 p.m. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening.
Tickets range from $2,500 to $250. The benefactor level, at $2,500 per person, includes a cocktail party, highest priority seating at performance, post-performance dinner with the evening's stars, and an invitation to a preview party. Patron level, at $1,000 per person, includes a cocktail party, priority seating at performance and post-performance dinner. A limited number of supporter tickets are available at $250 per person and include a cocktail party and the evening's performance.
For more information or to buy ticket, contact Elizabeth Marks Juviler, director of corporate relations and special events, at 203-571-1293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.