Anything Goes Gala 2017
January 28, 2017 6:00 p.m.
The Jefferson Hotel
Complimentary Parking in the lot at West Main and South Jefferson
Reservations for this event have closed. Thanks to all who are attending!
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Enjoy an evening of delightful entertainment in support of Virginia Repertory Theatre. With a sell-out crowd, last year’s fourth annual gala was a tremendous success.
- Cocktail Reception and Seated Dinner
- Premier Silent Auction and Live Auction
- Selections from Broadway performed by our award winning professional actors
- Presentation of the Virginia Excellence in Theatre Award to Reshma Shetty
- Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Suzanne Pollard
2017 Award Recipients
Virginia Excellence in Theatre Award
Virginia Rep honors two at Anything Goes Gala
Richmond native Reshma Shetty attended Godwin High School, then studied pre-med at James Madison University. Success in various vocal competitions prompted her to change majors and graduate with a BA in opera performance. She attended grad school at the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She starred for eight seasons in Royal Pains on the USA network as physician's assistant Divya Katdare. Royal Pains was one of the highest-rated shows on cable, regularly reaching over 5 million viewers per week in the US, and broadcast in 40 other countries. Beginning last fall, Reshma co-starred in Pure Genius, an exciting new medical drama on CBS. Before establishing her career on TV, Reshma played the lead in the first national tour of the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams. Her co-star Deep Katdare later became her husband. Reshma gave birth to their daughter in October 2015. Reshma and her family live in NYC, but she is currently in LA filming Pure Genius. We are proud to recognize Reshma for her Richmond roots and her national achievements.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Suzanne Pollard is a Virginia theatre legend. In the 1950s, she was Richmond's original Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at the Lyric Theatre. She went on to play leading roles (including Peter Pan) at Barksdale Theatre, Theatre IV, Virginia Museum Theatre, and at Swift Creek Mill. Her most recent stage role was as Henry Higgins' mother in Virginia Rep’s production of My Fair Lady. More recently, she dazzled a packed house with her one woman show, You Make Me Feel So Young, presented as a special evening at our Children’s Theatre and subsequently reprised at Westminster-Canterbury, where she lives. Suzanne is a cherished friend of Virginia professional theatre in general and, in particular, of Virginia Rep. We greatly look forward to honoring her at our 2017 Anything Goes Gala.