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Friday, August 04, 2017

‘Hamilton’ Star Steps in to Headline Playhouse Gala

“Hamilton” Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jonathan Groff has stepped in to headline Westport Country Playhouse’s 2017 Gala on Saturday, Sept. 9, the Playhouse announced today.

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Jonathan Groff:  played King George III. Photo by Jeff Vespa/Contour by Getty Images

Groff will replace previously announced Matthew Morrison who is no longer available to perform at this year’s gala due to a scheduling conflict.

Groff ascended to Broadway royalty with his Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning performance as King George III in “Hamilton.” He is also known for roles in the film “Frozen,“ television’s “Glee,” and his Tony-nominated role in “Spring Awakening.”

Groff last appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in a Script in Hand playreading of “Butterflies Are Free” with Blythe Danner in 2010.

New this year will be the gala’s move to Saturday evening instead of Monday night as in past seasons. The gala’s theme “Moonlight Over Venice” will evoke the romance and glamor of Italy on the canals. 

A cocktail party will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. presentation of the Playhouse Leadership Award to Ann Sheffer, and 7:15 p.m. performance by Jonathan Groff. Dinner will be at 8:30 p.m.  A silent auction will be on-going throughout the evening. 

Attire is festive; black tie and Venetian mask optional. Valet parking will be provided. 

For more gala information or ticket purchases, contact Aline O’Connor, associate director of development, at (203)571-1138, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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