PHOTO CALL: Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim, Euan Morton, Rebecca Luker at Signature Gala

News   PHOTO CALL: Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim, Euan Morton, Rebecca Luker at Signature Gala
 
Stephen Buntrock, Rebecca Luker, Eleasha Gamble and Euan Morton performed at the April 11 gala benefit presentation of the Stephen Sondheim Award to Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters — a favorite actress of the composer-lyricist — in Washington, DC.

Signature Theatre of Arlington, VA, gave the 2011 Sondheim Award to Peters (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George and the recent Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, opposite Buntrock), who will star as Sally in the May Kennedy Center revival of Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, directed by Signature artistic director Eric Schaeffer.

Here is a look at the gala:

The 2011 gala, chaired by philanthropists Ted and Mary Jo Shen, was held at the Embassy of Italy. The Sondheim Award Gala helped to benefit Signature Theatre's numerous artistic, education and community programs. Cocktails, dinner, tribute performances and presentation of the Sondheim Award were part of the black-tie Sondheim Award event.

Tony Award winner Peters recently starred on Broadway as Desiree in Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Her other Sondheim roles on Broadway include Dot in Sunday in the Park With George, Rose in Gypsy and The Witch in Into the Woods. She is heard on a concert cast album of Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle, and her concerts and solo recordings over the years have featured songs by Sondheim. Peters won the Best Actress Tony Award for Annie Get Your Gun and Song and Dance.

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