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Fundraising Fête

Broadway Dallas Raises $870,000 for Education and Community Outreach Programs
B J Cleveland Actor and Emcee for Gala
B J Cleveland Actor and Emcee for Gala
 
Courtesy: Broadway Dallas  |  Photos: Thomas Garza Photography

On Saturday, April 1, Gala Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Gail Plummer, along with Honorary Co-Chairs Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall, welcomed more than 350 Dallas leaders, philanthropists, and lovers of the arts to celebrate the magic of musical theater at Broadway Dallas’ 2023 Gala featuring a full performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, raising $870,000 in support of Broadway Dallas’ education and community outreach programs.

Venise Stuart and Hamilton Sneed
Venise Stuart and Hamilton Sneed
Leigh Ann and Tom Watson
Leigh Ann and Tom Watson
Tim and Hannah Hunt Emma and Edward Coppola
Tim and Hannah Hunt Emma and Edward Coppola
Madelyn Brene performs
Madelyn Brene performs

The Parisian affair at the Music Hall at Fair Park began with a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction inside a French boudoir, followed by a four-course custom dinner menu. Taking inspiration from the iconic Moulin Rouge cabaret of the late 1800s and 1900s, the Crystal Terrace Dining Room was transformed into a modern Parisian cabaret.

The highlight of the dinner program featured 30 plus students from Guyer High School who participate annually in Broadway Dallas’ High School Musical Theatre Awards performing “Paris Holds the Key (to Your Heart)” from Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical. Excitement then filled the room as paddles were raised high for exclusive live auction packages. Broadway Dallas’ 2024 Gala featuring a complete performance of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical was then announced, and had guests marking their calendars for Friday, February 2, 2024.

Guyer High School students perform at Broadway Dallas Gala
Guyer High School students perform at Broadway Dallas Gala
Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall
Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall
Event Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Gail Plummer
Event Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Gail Plummer
Guests enjoy a D photo booth at Broadway Dallas Gala
Guests enjoy a D photo booth at Broadway Dallas Gala

The evening continued with a show-stopping performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, winner of ten 2021 Tony Awards including Best Musical, after which confetti sprinkled guests headed to the After-Hours Fête post-performance party hosted by Co-Chairs Emma Coppola and Hannah Hunt. The party featured French-inspired fare, including crepes, parmesan, truffle pommes frites, and croque monsieur, a full flowing bar with specialty-themed cocktails and tunes spun by DJ Sheka, plus a special performance by Trap Opera Star Madelyn Brené.

DJ Sheka spun tunes from above the crowd
DJ Sheka spun tunes from above the crowd
Helen and Brendan McGuire
Helen and Brendan McGuire
Guyer High School students perform at Broadway Dallas Gala
Guyer High School students perform at Broadway Dallas Gala
Calvert Collins Bratton and Bratton Vince
Calvert Collins Bratton and Bratton Vince

Gala proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to spread the gift of Broadway to more than 40,000 students and their families each year, including 3,400 Dallas ISD students and more than 5,000 students from 72 schools who participate in the High School Musical Theatre Awards.

For more about Broadway Dallas, visit BroadwayDallas.org.  

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