Two performers—both named Kate—will receive the Sarah Siddons Society of Chicago's Actor of the Year Award for 2017: Tony nominee and Hello, Dolly! standout Kate Baldwin and current Fun Home star and Actors' Equity president Kate Shindle.
Baldwin, who has been seen on Broadway in The Full Monty and Big Fish, was Tony-nominated for her work in the revival of Finian's Rainbow and in the current revival of Hello, Dolly!, in which she plays Irene Molloy. Shindle, who currently stars as Alison in the national tour of Fun Home, has been seen on Broadway in Jekyll and Hyde, Cabaret, and Legally Blonde.
Both actors will be honored September 18 at a gala event at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston. The ceremony will feature appearances by Chicago musical theatre artists and this year’s college scholarship winners. Baldwin and Shindle, who are alumnae of the Northwestern University Theatre Program, will also perform.
“We are delighted to honor these two talented actresses,” said Siddons President Marty Balogh in a statement. “We have often honored artists at the end of their careers, but we are particularly happy to recognize these remarkable actresses in mid-career—looking forward to their many accomplishments in the future.”
The Sarah Siddons Society was begun in 1952 with Helen Hayes as the first recipient. Among the many other recipients are Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, and Audra McDonald.
Tickets for the event are $225 and include a three-course dinner, unlimited wine and beer service, as well as the awards ceremony. For more information, visit SarahSiddonsSociety.org or call (312) 527-7750.
Check out footage from the national tour of Fun Home below: