Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Everything comes down to…. Lincoln

Morgan Freeman

by contributor Maria Fda Giron R
Photo credit: Neshan H. Naltchayan

“I think that tonight you will see my best production yet for the Ford’s Theater," said  director and Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun.  "The performers include opera singer Anna Christy; musical duo The Civil Wars; R&B icon Bettye LaVette; "Glee"and Broadway actor and singer Matthew Morrison and Ford's Theatre's 1776 cast members Robert Cuccioli, Bobby Smith and others............ so of course you can expect anything from today’s show”.

While 10th and F Street was lined with hundreds of people waiting to see the stars, the celebrities paraded on the red carpet for an evening of art at the Ford’s Theatre, a night of art that remembers and commemorates the enduring light that Lincoln’s life and presidency provides to The United States.

Mr. and Mrs. Elie Wiesel and Jim Moran

This year, The Ford’s Theatre Society's Annual Gala honored actor Morgan Freeman and  Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel.  “It is an honor to be here to honor President Abraham Lincoln” said Freeman. 
Fans of Lincoln didn’t hesitate to comment about the admiration that they still have regarding President Lincoln's life.  Matthew Morrison declared himself a huge fan of The President that was shot on April 14, 1865, at Ford’s Theatre.

Laurence Fishburne

The event was hosted by Scott Bakula and the performance featured a selection of scenes and Broadway songs, capturing the essence of Lincoln's legacy.
The Annual Gala benefits the nonprofit Ford's Theatre Society and its theatrical programming, plus exhibits at the new Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership which opened in February 2012. 

The Red Carpet: