Chicago's Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, built in 1889, is celebrating a BIG birthday! This national historic landmark, located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will toast 125 years at its Anniversary Gala,, “Living the History – 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre,” on December 9 at the Theatre and the Palmer House Hilton. The glamorous affair will be led by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, with Music Direction by Conductor/Music Director Doug Peck.
The star-studded performance begins at 6 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the Gala Celebration where guests will be shuttled to the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, and welcomed by Rich Daniels and The City Lights Orchestra before being treated to an elegant dinner and more Anniversary surprises. As a special salute to the veterans who were accommodated at the Auditorium during World War II, the theatre is planning a salute to their service as part of the festivities.
In honor of this special occasion, First Lady Michelle Obama, will serve as the Honorary Chair for this historic season-long celebration kicked-off by the gala celebration. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. Co-Chairs for the 125th Anniversary Season include Norm and Virginia Bobins, Steve and Nancy Crown, Jorge and Catrina Ramirez, Mike and Beth Reese, Jim and Sandy Reynolds, Jack and Carole Sandner, Ed and Dia Weil and Jeff Tweedy and Sue Miller. Gala Dinner Co-Chairs are Joan Colmar, Phil Lumpkin and Helen Hall Melchior. (The Gala Dinner Celebration is sponsored by the Pasquinelli Family Foundation).
Hosted by Chicago actor John Mahoney, the evening will include performances by Broadway legend Patti Lupone, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, members from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, Jim Peterik and the All-Star Band and more!
“The Auditorium’s 125th Gala Celebration showcases the diversity and scope of talent that has graced the historic landmark stage since it opened in 1889. We estimate that over 20 million audience members have attended the theatre in its 125 year history and the memories created for those patrons have helped to make the Auditorium the iconic destination that it is for all Chicagoans,” said Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson.
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