2009 "Spotlight Spectacular"
Kelly Bishop To Host
Maureen McGovern and Euan Morton To Perform
Tony and Drama Desk Award
winner and theater and television star Kelly Bishop (best
known for her roles in "A Chorus Line," "Dirty
Dancing," "Becky Shaw," and “Gilmore
Girls”) will host the Huntington Theatre Company's
2009 Spotlight Spectacular! gala benefit on Monday, May 4, 2009,
at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and Towers. The evening
will also feature musical performances by Grammy Award-winning
pop icon Maureen McGovern and OBIE and
Theatre World Award winner Euan Morton ("Taboo").
Proceeds from Spotlight Spectacular! support the Huntington's programs,
including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives.
Last year the event raised more than $700,000.
This year's event honors John Cornish, Co-Trustee of
the Calderwood Charitable Foundation, which has generously
supported the Huntington, as well as many of Greater Boston’s other
leading cultural organizations. Cornish was the driving force behind the
Huntington’s naming grant for the creation in 2004 of the first
new theater building in Boston in more than 75 years – the Stanford
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Chaired by Huntington Trustee Carol Deane and Huntington
Overseer Neal Balkowitsch, Spotlight Spectacular! will
feature a cocktail reception where guests will have an opportunity to
bid on unique silent auction items while enjoying hors d’oeuvres
and mingling with special guests including the stars of recent and upcoming
Huntington productions. A seated dinner, live auction, and entertainment
will complete the evening.
Among the evening's special features, presidential historian Doris
Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) will introduce Sebastien
Lewis, a student at the Codman Academy Public Charter
School (a Huntington education partner school), who delivered
Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”
at the Massachusetts State House on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s
birth last February. The partnership between the Huntington and Codman
Academy is a core activity of the Huntington’s education programs.
Bishop has appeared in a multitude of memorable roles in film,
television, and the theater since her Tony and
Drama Desk Award-winning breakout performance as the original
Sheila in the Broadway hit "A Chorus Line."
Her theater credits include Broadway productions of "Six
Degrees of Separation," "Proposals," "The Last Night
of Ballyhoo," and "Bus Stop,"
along with numerous regional and Off Broadway credits. Her film and television
appearances include "Dirty Dancing," "Wonder Boys,"
"Private Parts," "An Unmarried Woman," "Café
Society," "Miami Rhapsody," "Queens Logic," "My
XGirlfriend’s Wedding Reception," “The Thorns,”
“My Wildest Dreams,” various guest starring roles,
and seven seasons starring as Emily Gilmore on the hit series “Gilmore
Girls.” Ms. Bishop was most recently seen on stage as Clairee
in Paper Mill Playhouse's "Steel Magnolias"
and as Susan in Second Stage Theatre’s "Becky
Shaw," directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter
McGovern’s career spans 37 years. Her recording work includes
Grammy Award nominations for “Best New
Artist” and “Best Traditional Pop Vocal,”
the Grammy Award for “Best Musical Recording
for Children,” and Academy Award-winning
Gold Records “The Morning After” (Billboard
#1) and “We May Never Love Like This Again.”
Her current PS Classics release "A Long and Winding Road,"
was praised by The New York Times as “a captivating musical
scrapbook from the 1960s to the early ‘70s. Ms. McGovern is blessed
with a vocal technique second to none.” Other critically acclaimed
musical tributes include her Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Marilyn
and Alan Bergman CDs and more. Her Broadway
credits include "Little Women, The Musical," "The
Pirates of Penzance," "Nine," "Three Penny Opera,"
and the recent national tours of "Little Women, The Musical"
and "The King and I." Her Off Broadway
credits include "Brownstone." Regionally, she
has performed in "Maureen McGovern: A Long and Winding Road;"
"Elegies;" "Dear World;" "Letters From ‘Nam;"
"The Lion in Winter;" "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg;"
"Of Thee I Sing;" "Let ‘Em Eat Cake;" "The
Sound of Music;" "South Pacific;" "Guys & Dolls;"
"I Do, I Do;" and "The Bengal Tiger's
Ball" (for which she composed the music, co-created, and
starred). Her film credits include "Airplane!" (the
famous guitar-strumming nun), "The Towering Inferno,"
and the DreamWorks animated film "Joseph:
King of Dreams." The Huntington is proud to be presenting
McGovern in "A Long and Winding Road "at the Virginia
Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA this fall.
Morton, a native of Scotland, received an Olivier Award
nomination for originating the role of Boy George in
the musical "Taboo." He moved to New York in
2003 to reprise the role on Broadway, earning Tony, Drama Desk,
Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award
nominations, as well as the Theatre World Award (for
Outstanding Broadway Debut). He earned a 2006 OBIE Award
for his appearance in "Measure for Pleasure"
at The Public Theater, directed by Peter DuBois.
His other stage appearances include title roles in Tony Kushner’s
adaptation of "Brundibár"(New
Victory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), "The
Who’s Tommy" (Bay Street Theatre),
and "Caligula" (New York Musical Theatre
Festival, 2004 NYMF Award for Outstanding Individual Performance).
Off Broadway, he appeared opposite Alfred Molina in "Howard
Katz" at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
He was most recently seen on Broadway in the 2007 revival of "Cyrano
De Bergerac" and Off Broadway in the 2009 American premiere
of "Leaves of Glass." On film, he can be seen
in the documentary "ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway."
He has recently released his debut solo CD, "NewClear,"
and has appeared in concert in New York City at the Oak Room
at the Algonquin, Town Hall, the Metropolitan
Room, the Zipper, Joe’s Pub,
and Birdland, as well as at the Signature Theatre
in Arlington, VA. In addition, he has conducted master classes around
the country in the craft of acting and singing.
An online auction, now open on www.huntington.cmarket.com,
allows Huntington patrons and friends to bid on auction items prior to
the event. Among the items available are Red Sox/Yankees
tickets, a tour of the “America's Test Kitchen” set,
the opportunity to serve as a Boston Celtics ball boy
or ball girl, beer for a year, and much more. The live auction at the
event will feature a VIP trip to the Tony Awards, a walk-on
role in the Huntington’s upcoming production of "Pirates!,"
the use of a Red Sox Executive Suite for 22, and a private
meal prepared by Chef Barbara Lynch in the winner’s
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, contact Michelle
Williams at 617 273-1536 or MWilliams@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu.