Join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night — featuring Matthew Morrison and honoring Ann Sheffer — plus Broadway's best coming together to celebrate the Playhouse. An early reservation guarantees you’ll get the best seats in the house!
Saturday, September 9, 2017
5:45pm — Cocktail Party and Silent Auction
7:00pm — Honoring Ann Sheffer
7:15pm — Performance by Matthew Morrison
8:30pm — Benefactor and Patron Dinner
10:00pm — Auction Closes
• Black tie optional
• Silent Auction with tablet bidding throughout the evening
• Valet parking will be provided
Benefactor: $2,500 per person ($25,000 Table, 10 Tickets)
Includes red carpet welcome, silent auction and cocktail party with special guests, highest priority seating at performance, and a post-performance dinner with the artists.
Patron: $1,000 per person ($10,000 Table, 10 Tickets)
Includes red carpet welcome, silent auction and cocktail party with special guests, priority seating at performance, and post-performance dinner with the artists.
Supporter: $500 per person (Performance Only)
Includes red carpet welcome, silent auction and cocktail party with special guests, and ticket to the performance with preferred seating.
Friend: $250 per person (Performance Only)
Includes red carpet welcome, silent auction and cocktail party with special guests, and ticket to the performance.
Westport Country Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of goods and services received, as provided by law. Estimated value of goods and services is $190 per person at the Benefactor level, $140 per person at the Patron level, $100 per person at the Supporter level, and $80 per person for the Friend level.
For more information please contact Aline O’Connor, associate director of development, at 203-571-1138, firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURING TONY, EMMY AND 2X GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE
Gala headliner Matthew Morrison is a versatile actor who is recognized for his work on stage and on screen. Morrison most recently starred in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, receiving two Drama Desk nominations for the role. Morrison was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza, and received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for 10 Million Miles. He also starred in the Tony-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center's Beaumont Theater.
In 2015, Morrison wrapped the final season of Fox’s musical comedy series “Glee,” where he starred as show choir director Mr. Schuester. For “Glee,” Morrison received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Golden Globe nominations in 2010 and 2011 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical. The show received the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical in 2010 and 2011. Morrison was also a guest star on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” where he played U.S. Attorney Conor Fox through the series finale.
Morrison released a self-titled album in 2011, which featured guest artists including Sting, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sir Elton John, followed by an album of Broadway standards, “Where It All Began,” in 2013. He starred in the film, What to Expect When You’re Expecting with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Dennis Quaid; hosted and narrated the PBS special, “Oscar Hammerstein II — Out of My Dreams;” and was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8, a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Morrison studied musical theater, vocal performance, and dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
PRESENTING THE LEADERSHIP AWARD TO HONOREE
Playhouse champion Ann Sheffer will receive the 2017 Leadership Award. Ann’s history with the theater began as an usher at age 15. Now an honorary trustee, we are thrilled to celebrate her many leadership roles at the Playhouse. Always deeply involved in funding for the arts, Ann served as a trustee for 16 years and championed the 2004 Playhouse renovation, with a special interest in preserving its history and cultural significance. Though now bicoastal, she continues her active support of all things Westport.