Over the Rainbow 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Featuring Heather Headley

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 4:00pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

Please join OTR for a sensational musical encore performance featuring Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley!

In 1997, Heather won the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of Elton John and Tim Rice's hit Tony-winning musical The Lion King. While still in The Lion King, Heather was asked to audition for the title role in the writing duo's next Broadway venture together, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. Her portrayal of the Nubian princess Aida won her the praise of critics and the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In addition to receiving other awards, she also continued her musical success on the pop charts with her 2002 debut album on RCA Records, This Is Who I Am, earning Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

In 2007, Headley toured with Andrea Bocelli throughout Europe. Later in 2008, she released Audience of One, for which she won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. She has performed on numerous daytime and late night shows, including The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. From November 2012 until August 2013, Headley played the role of Rachel Marron in the musical adaptation of Whitney Houston's 1992 movie The Bodyguard at London's Adelphi Theatre. She was nominated for an Olivier Award and a What's On Stage Award for this performance. 

In 2016 Heather made a triumphant return to Broadway playing Shug Avery in The Color Purple. Since 2017, she has co-starred as Dr. Jamison in Spike Lee's Netflix reboot of the TV series She's Gotta Have It. The following year, she began appearing as Gwen Garrett in a recurring role on the TV series Chicago Med. In 2019, Headley was cast as one of three leads in the Netflix series Sweet Magnolias.

All proceeds from the Celebration Concert will be donated to Over the Rainbow's Future Housing and Resident Services Programs to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities through the creation of affordable, accessible, barrier-free housing solutions and person-centered services that encourage independence.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.