Ms. Buckley, who has been called "The Voice of Broadway," is one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. 2018 also finds her leading the national tour of the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly, as Dolly Levi, opening in Chicago this October. Among her many illustrious credits, Betty Buckley is a Tony Award winner, Olivier Award nominee and American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.
6:30 p.m. Cocktails, Dinner and Awards Program to follow
University Club of Chicago, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Join us the afternoon before our Gala to see this year’s Sarah Siddons Society Actor of the Year recipient, Betty Buckley, staring in Hello, Dolly! This revival is the talk of Broadway with sumptuous sets, stunning choreography and a classic Jerry Herman score. This production with Broadway legend, Betty Buckley is not to be missed.
Oriental Theater - 24 W. Randolph St.
Tickets: $115, includes $15.00 donation to our scholarship program.
Brunch at 11:30 am at The Roanoke, 135 W. Madison.
Followed by the 2:00 pm final Chicago performance of the pre-Broadway world premiere of Tootsie: A New Comedy Musical.
Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph
Tickets: $185, includes a $30 donation to the Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship Fund.
Join Artistic Director Dominic Missimi for a “Night to Remember” at Ravinia’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cher Show, starring Stephanie Block and costumes by Bob Mackie is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! Featuring her beloved chart-topping hits, The Cher Show will feature a book by Rick Elice (Tony Award-best Musical Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (Tony Award-best Musical Avenue Q), choreography by Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony Award-winner Daryl Waters (Memphis).
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. at Petterino's
Curtain: 7:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theater
Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
The Yard at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
This magical, ghostly tragedy will be created by directors Aaron Posner and Teller, of the famous magic team, Penn and Teller. Their production of THE TEMPEST last year was named the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production and the two directors received the Best Direction award.
Meet MACBETH’S award winning director Aaron Posner at a pre-show chat with Artistic Director Dominic Misismi at 6:30 p.m. Location TBD. In addition to directing for many of America’s major theatre companies, Mr. Posner is also an award-winning playwright and his productions have been seen Off-Broadway and at major regional theatres throughout the United States. Mr. Posner is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former student of Mr. Missimi.
Tickets: $45 each
One of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time is now a Broadway musical! Pretty Woman comes to the stage with a score by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, with a book by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton. The production is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray). Samantha Barks (Les Misérables) stars as Vivian opposite Tony and Grammy winner Steve Kazee (Once) as Edward, with a supporting cast that includes Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Eric Anderson (Waitress), Jason Danieley (The Full Monty), and Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act).
Tickets: $225/ per person including dinner and an Orchestra Seat.
Sarah Siddons Society presents...
A 90 minute Showcase featuring 12 outstanding performers from The Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship schools: Columbia College, The Theatre School of DePaul University, Northwestern University and the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.
What better way to warm up on a January night than to join The Sarah Siddons Society for a performance of Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. at Black Ensemble Theater on Thursday, January 18th @ 7:30 pm at 4450 N. Clark. Tickets are $55 each.
Please join us for a special evening as we close out the year with our Wednesday, December 13, Annual Meeting at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted @ 4:00 pm, followed by dinner at Vinci, a block north, 1732 N. Halsted @ 5:15 pm, and then by the eagerly anticipated world premiere, pre Broadway 7:30 pm performance of The Minutes at Steppenwolf. In The Minutes, Tracy Letts’s scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, the writer who brought you August: Osage County exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history’s losers. Featuring Sarah Siddons Society Actor of Year Award winner, William Petersen, this is the Fall's must-see play.
Join us for Lily Tomlin: Revisited, an opportunity to see the 1989 Actor of the Year recipient at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, November 11th at 8pm.
Following the show, members of the Sarah Siddons Society will have the chance to have a brief meet-n-greet with the lovely Lily.
Join us as we kick off Fall with a return visit to an event that needs no introduction... Hamilton: An American Musical at the CIBC Theatre.
The Sarah Siddons Society invites you to the 2017 Actor of the Year Gala honoring THE TWO KATES: KATE BALDWIN & KATE SHINDLE.
6:30 p.m. Cocktails, Dinner & Awards Program to follow
The Grand Ballroom, Hilton Orrington Hotel, Evanston
Please join the Sarah Siddons Society for a delightful Summer evening in Paris on Wednesday, July 26. We will begin with dinner at the newest French Brassiere in the Loop, Cochon Volant at 5:30 pm. After dinner we will enjoy a production of An American in Paris. It is the thrilling story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Join us for SHE LOVES ME at the Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 8th. This delightful musical, based on the classic film LITTLE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, is the creation of Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick, an alum of Northwestern University. Mr. Missimi will arrange a talk back with actors playing the leading roles in the production.
Join the Sarah Siddons Society for a full day bus trip on Friday, May 26 for the opening of an exhibit of our incredible Betty Rodgers photographs at the summer retreat of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Ten Chimneys, in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin. These photographs of early Sarah Siddons Society Award winners beginning with Helen Hayes, a frequent summer house guest will include interesting histories of our award winners as related to the Lunts and Ten Chimneys.
The first theatre offering will be the 2017 Waa-Mu Show, BEYOND BELIEF, on Sunday, April 30th at a matinee performance. This year the brand new musical will follow the journey of Superheroes coming to life on stage. The 2 p.m. performance will be presented in Cahn Auditorium on the Northwestern University campus. A short discussion about the history of the Waa-Mu Show will be given by Mr. Missimi at 1 p.m. in the theatre’s Burdick Conference Room. Mr. Missimi directed the show for 17 years.
Join the Sarah Siddons Society for an evening of food, drink and talent!
Monday, February 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Petterino’s | 150 N. Dearborn at Randolph
YOU ARE INVITED TO A VERY SPECIAL SARAH SIDDONS SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
Featuring TEA WITH THE SCHUYLER SISTERS.
Meet the leading ladies of the musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Three of Broadway’s most talented actresses share their theatre experiences and thoughts on performing in the production that garnered 11 Tony Awards
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Union League of Chicago
65 W. Jackson
Union League Club requires Business Casual Attire
Celebrating Jeff Award winners Jim Corti, Director Paramount Theatre, and featuring Michael Mahler, musician and composer.
Meet our 2015 Student Scholarship Winners.
The Congress Lounge at Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Hors d’oeuvres and Entertainment: $75 per person
Reception and Dinner: 5:00 pm, Palmer House Hilton Lockwood Restaurant – 17 E. Monroe St.
Curtain: 7:30 pm, Bank Of America Theatre – 18 Monroe St.
Reception and Dinner – 5:00 pm, Petterino’s – 150 N. Dearborn St.
Curtain – 7:30 pm, Goodman Theatre – 170 N. Dearborn St.
$160 per person – dinner and performance
Theatre School at DePaul University Actor Showcase
Before NY. Before LA. Join Theatre School students, faculty, and staff for an exclusive preview of the 2015 BFA + MFA Actor Presentation.
Curtain 3:00 pm. Fullerton Stage Theatre
4:30 pm. Private Reception & Building Tour
2350 N. Racine Ave., Chicago
Luncheon Party – 1:00 pm
Anna Maria Pasteria – 4400 N. Clark St.
Curtain – 3:00 pm. Black Ensemble Theatre. 4450 N. Clark St.
$87.50 per person – luncheon and performance
$59.50 per person – performance only
Send checks payable to Sarah Siddons Society
Credit cards accepted. Be sure to include card number, expiration date and validation code.
Mail to: Sarah Siddons Society, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611
For further information contact Marc Kaufman at 773-929-7606.
Jessie Mueller, 2014 Tony Award Winner for her role in BEAUTIFUL, has been named Sarah Siddons Society Actress of the Year in a Benefit hosted by the Marriott Theatre.
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
All proceeds benefit Sarah Siddons Scholarship Fund for theatre students at Columbia College, DePaul University, Northwestern University and Roosevelt University.
Reserved seats: $95 per person. Students (with valid ID): $25.
Join us for a festival of young talent performing a program of scenes and songs presented by the Sarah Siddons Society in partnership with:
Columbia College of Chicago, Ashton Byrum Director of Music Theatre
Northwestern University School of Communication, Dominic Missimi, Professor Emeritus
Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Ray Frewen Assistant Director Theatre Conservatory
The Getz Theatre
62-72 East 11th Avenue, Chicago. (Between Michigan & Wabash)
General Admission: $25. Student Admission: $5.
Featuring Jeff Award recipients Larry Yando and Alene Robertson. Also, students from Northwestern University & Columbia College Chicago Music Theatre Program.
The Arts Club
201 E. Ontario St.
Lunch & Entertainment. $85 per person.
For reservations please call Marc Kaufman at 773-929-7606.
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
$40 per person. For reservations please call Greta Flory at 312-642-3079.