Sondheim Award Gala

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Honoring Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Gala Chair
Rynthia M. Rost, Esq.
Vice President
GEICO

Monday, March 20, 2017
Embassy of Italy

6:00PM Cocktails
7:00PM Seated Dinner and Award Presentation
Performances from Broadway Stars

Bernadette PetersNorm LewisLiz Callaway

Performers include Tony Award® winner Bernadette Peters (Broadway’s Follies, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George), Norm Lewis (Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, Signature’s First You Dream and Sweeney Todd), and Liz Callaway (Broadway’s Merrily We Roll Along, Cats, Miss Saigon).

Sir Cameron Mackintosh has produced the three longest-running musicals in history: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, in addition to the most successful production of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary Follies in London. His spectacular new production of Miss Saigon opens on Broadway in March 2017 whilst his co-production with Disney of Mary Poppins sprinkles its magic worldwide. His new version of Half a Sixpence recently opened in London to wide critical acclaim. He’s currently working on film versions of Oliver! and Miss Saigon following the hugely successful film of Les Misérables. He owns nine London theatres including the Victoria Palace which after a major refurbishment, will re-open in October 2017 with the award-winning musical, Hamilton. Cameron was knighted in 1996 and recently elected to the Theater Hall of Fame.

Individual Tickets and Sponsorships

$1,000 Individual Sponsorship Level (1 person)
$5,000 Silver Level Sponsorship (5 people/half table)
$10,000 Gold Level Sponsorship (10 people/1 table)
$25,000 Platinum Level Sponsorship (10 people/1 premier table)

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Gala Sponsors

Gala Chair
Rynthia M. Rost, Esq.
Vice President
GEICO

Platinum Sponsors
Capital One
Bonnie and Kenneth Feld
Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai
Tom and Susan Gage
J. Watkins and Bradley Frey

Gold Sponsors
Mike Blank
Chevy Chase Trust/Deb Gandy
Michael DeSantis and Patrick Baugh
Keith Eby
Celie and Tabitha Niehaus
Patricia Payne
Wesley Pickard and Jeanette Studley
Mac and Michele-Anne Riley
Susan C. Schwab and Friends
Peter and Ann Tanous

Silver Sponsors
Dottie Bennett and Richard Morton
Bernard Family Foundation
Carlyn Ring

Individual Sponsors
Timothy Carlton and Jill Walling
James Dahl
Jay and Susan Finkelstein
Marybeth and Zachary Fraser
Virginia C. Gano
Susan and Tim Gibson
Mary Ann Gilleece
Robert E. Hebda
Thomas Hesselbrock and Carl Spatz
Richard M. Kellogg
Tina M. Martin and Mita M. Schaffer
Robert F. Miailovich
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Sarah Valente
Deborah and David Yaffe


Signature’‘s annual Sondheim Award Gala honors those who have contributed to the works of Stephen Sondheim and the canon of American musical theater. The Sondheim Award Gala benefits Signature’‘s artistic, education, and community outreach programs.


The Gala takes place at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, and is a festive evening that includes cocktails and hors d’‘oeuvres, a gourmet seated dinner, and a delicious dessert buffet. Each year, the honoree receives a special award presentation that includes tribute performances by notable Broadway and Signature artists.

Past Recipients

2010 Angela Lansbury
2011 Bernadette Peters
2012 Patti LuPone
2013 Harold “Hal” Prince
2014 Jonathan Tunick
2015 James Lapine
2016 John Weidman