OMG, I must admit I wasn’t a Glee fan until I met Matthew Morrison! And after seeing him perform at the Goodman Theatre Gala, I was a goner. This guy is the real deal, the whole package, the triple threat….he sings, dances, acts, plays instruments, writes music AND he attracted a ton of people (850) to this year’s Gala benefitting the Goodman Theatre’s education and community engagement programs.
The black tie evening began with a Red Carpet walk for the attendees outside the theatre plus a joyous group of young singers who greeted all of the guests as they arrived. The throngs of press (including me!) were waiting in breathless anticipation for the star of the evening, Matthew Morrison. And then, there he was…tall, slim in an impeccably tailored tuxedo and all of my questions flew right out of my head. I was happily the first person to interview this handsome dynamo (for Social Circles coming soon!) and he was too cute and too nice for words. He told me that for Tuesday’s finale one of his own songs will be performed and he was very pleased about this. He talked to and charmed everyone who came near him and his performance was absolutely breathtaking! He sang and performed a mix of songs including two from the Broadway production of West Side Story. He also sang his “favorite song ever written”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” He mentioned Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze as his “idols that made it cool for me to dance.”
Goodman Women’s Board members Margaret Janus and Swati Mehta were the Gala Co-Chairs for this exciting evening that continued with guests being shuttled to the Fairmont for dinner and dancing to the Al Sofia Orchestra. Tom Kehoe’s Vince Hart did the decor and made the ballroom sparkle in shades of red and gold. Congrats to the Goodman on “One Enchanted Decade”! The event raised $1 million! (Additional photos by Steve Starr).
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