Heather Headley to headline 2021 Goodman Theater Virtual Gala
Goodman Theater has announced that Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and Grammy Award-winning singer Heather Headley will headline the 2021 Together Center Stage virtual gala fundraiser. Among the many accolades of her career, Headley is known for her acclaimed performance in the musical Elton John-Tim Rice Aida, directed by Goodman Theater artistic director Robert Falls. Chicago stars Sydney Charles, Lucy Godínez and Bethany Thomas, who have each performed on Goodman Projects in recent years, perform songs by Elizabeth Addison, Khiyon Hursey, Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, bright voices from the upcoming generation of American composers. The evening will also feature a very special performance by Curtis Bannister under the musical direction of famous Jermaine Hill. The Gala Co-Chairs are Women Board Members Jill Javors and Heather Zimmerman, and Board Members Tracy Healy and Elaine Leavenworth. The honorary co-chairs are the women members of the board of directors Diane Landgren and Nina Owen. The Chair of Fundraising Leadership is Joan E. Clifford. “Together Center Stage” airs Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Event support starts at $ 1,000; for more information call 312.443.3811 ext. 220 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Together. All proceeds go to the Goodman Theater education and engagement programs.
Heather Headley was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Her family moved to the United States in the early 90s, where Heather’s love for the arts continued. In 1997, Heather won the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of Elton John and Tim Rice’s hit musical The Lion King. While still in The Lion King, Heather was invited to audition for the title role in the Broadway writing duo’s upcoming adventure together, Aida. Her portrayal of the Nubian Princess, Aida, earned her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical. That year, she was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Essence Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch. Heather continued her musical success on the pop charts with her 2002 debut album This Is Who I Am and won numerous accolades including Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Heather returned in January 2006 with In My Mind, her long-awaited second solo album. In 2009, Heather released Audience of One, for which she won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album, and in 2012, she released Only One In The World. In 2012, Heather made a triumphant return to the stage, with The Bodyguard in London’s West End, and in 2016, she returned to Broadway, in the Tony Award-winning production of The Color Purple as Shug. Avery. In 2018, Heather played a recurring role in Chicago Med playing the dreaded Gwen Garrett. Heather can currently be considered a regular Sweet Magnolias series on Netflix.
The virtual “Together Center Stage” gala is presented by the Goodman Theater Women’s Committee. Since its inception in 1978, the Women’s Council – currently under the leadership of President Fran Del Boca – has raised over $ 50 million to support Goodman Productions and a range of educational programs through special events and projects. . Members sit on the committees for the annual Goodman Theater Gala, the Goodman Auction, the Annual Women’s Committee Appeal, and the Education and Engagement Committee. The board also provides support for investment and endowment initiatives, both personally and through solicitations. A major initiative has been to increase support for Goodman’s productions and many educational and community programs, which provide a myriad of opportunities for students and members of the public of all ages.