Kate Baldwin Set to Headline Skylight Music Theatre Gala

Kate Baldwin Set to Headline Skylight Music Theatre Gala

Skylight Music Theatre announced that two-time Broadway Tony Award nominee and former Milwaukeean Kate Baldwin will perform in concert Saturday, October 26, 2019 headlining the Skylight Night Gala, an annual fundraiser benefiting Skylight Music Theatre. Skylight is Milwaukee's professional Equity music theatre company celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019-2020.

The concert features Baldwin singing signature songs from her acclaimed performances in Hello Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow, Giant, and Big Fish while sharing personal anecdotes and stories about how each song became part of her life. The Skylight Night concert is adapted from Baldwin's one-woman show, How Did You Get This Number?, which completed a sold-out run at New York's Feinstein's/54 Below. Baldwin will be accompanied by her long-time friend and collaborator, Georgia Stitt. The concert will also feature songs from composers such as Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser and Kander & Ebb.

Baldwin received a Tony Award nomination for her recent role as Irene Molloy in the revival of Hello Dolly! starring alongside Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters. She was also nominated in 2009 for her starring role in Finian's Rainbow.

A native of Evanston, Ill., Baldwin grew up in Milwaukee and is a graduate of Shorewood High School, where she got her start as part of that school's acclaimed theatre program led by legendary drama teacher Barbara Gensler.

"I am looking forward to connecting with dear Milwaukee friends, including my first singing teacher, Lee Dougherty Ross, my Shorewood High School family, and offering my support to the outstanding legacy of Skylight Music Theatre on its 60th year," said Baldwin.

Dougherty Ross, a former Milwaukee voice coach and teacher, is a long-time supporter of Skylight. Each season Skylight presents the Lee Dougherty Ross Debut Artist Award to a performer who has made his or her debut at Skylight Music Theatre.

Skylight Night Gala begins at 4 p.m. with a cocktail hour, silent auction and dinner at the luxury boutique hotel, Kimpton Journeyman, located on Broadway & Chicago Streets, one-half block away from the Broadway Theatre Center. It will be followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. in Skylight's beautiful, 350-seat Cabot Theatre, and an after-party back at the Kimpton Journeyman. Skylight Night Gala tickets are $200 and go on sale Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Concert-only tickets go on sale at a later date. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and interested parties should contact jmoore@skylightmusictheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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