2023 Sondheim Award Gala Honoring Chita Rivera

Sondheim Award Gala 2023


And presenting The J. Watkins Distinguished Service Award to Michelle S. Lee

Monday, April 3, 2023
Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cathy Bernard, Chair

Cocktails, Dinner and Special Performances from Broadway and Signature favorites

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Signature’s Sondheim Award Gala honors individuals who have made important contributions to the American Musical Theater. This spring, Signature is thrilled to celebrate the legendary Chita Rivera, one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway production of West Side Story brought her stardom and launched a storied career. She is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history, having earned 10 nominations and three awards. Her most recent nomination was in 2015 for The Visit, the final collaboration between John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terrence McNally, for the role she previously played to great acclaim at Signature in 2008.

Click here to read Chita Rivera’s full bio


In addition to honoring Chita Rivera, Signature will celebrate Michelle S. Lee, Founder, President, & CEO of STG International, Inc. with The J. Watkins Distinguished Service Award for her incredible leadership and support for Signature and for making a difference in the lives of people throughout the region. The J. Watkins Distinguished Service Award was created to honor community leaders who’ve made an extraordinary impact in the greater DC community through their advocacy and passion for the arts and arts education. The award is made in memory of J. Watkins, a long-time Signature Board member, an important part of the Sondheim Award Gala leadership team, and a tremendous ambassador for Signature and the arts in our community.


INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS

$1,200 Individual Level Sponsorship (1 person)

$6,000 Silver Level Sponsorship (5 people/half table)

$12,000 Gold Level Sponsorship (10 people/one table)

$25,000 Platinum Level Sponsorship (10 people/premier table)

$50,000 Diamond Level Sponsorship (20 people/two premier tables)

To reserve your ticket or table, please contact events@sigtheatre.org or download and return the Gala Reservation Form.

2023 SONDHEIM AWARD GALA SPONSORS

Diamond
Cathy Bernard

Platinum
Amazon
H. Mac and Michele-Anne Riley

Gold
Greg Albright and Wesley Combs
John Benton and David Briggs
Michael DeSantis and Patrick Baugh
Bradley S. Frey
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Susan C. Schwab
Carl Spatz and Thomas Hesselbrock
Peter and Ann Tanous

Sponsored in part by


Amazon

*as of January 23, 2023


ABOUT THE SONDHEIM AWARD GALA

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 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.

ABOUT THE J. WATKINS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The J. Watkins Distinguished Service Award honors community leaders who have made an extraordinary impact in the greater DC community through their passion and advocacy for theater and arts education. The award is made in memory of J. Watkins, a long-time Signature Board Member, an important part of the Sondheim Award Gala leadership team, and a tremendous ambassador for Signature and the arts in our community.

PAST RECIPIENTS

SONDHEIM AWARD

2022 Carol Burnett

2019 Audra McDonald

2018 John Kander

2017 Cameron Mackintosh

2016 John Weidman

2015 James Lapine

2014 Jonathan Tunick

2013 Harold “Hal” Prince

2012 Patti LuPone

2011 Bernadette Peters

2010 Angela Lansbury

THE J. WATKINS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

2022 Merrill and Mark Shugoll

2019 Congressman Don Beyer and Mrs. Megan Beyer

For more information, please contact:
571 527 1828 or events@sigtheatre.org