October 3: Virtual Centennial Ball

Centennial Ball

There’s *Virtually* Only One Place to be on October 3!

Join us on October 3 for a virtual celebration that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Enjoy campus tours, explore our most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring student showcases, and network at virtual tables with former classmates, teammates, professors, and coaches. Then enjoy exciting musical performances by Broadway Sings, hosted by Grammy, Emmy, and 6-time Tony winning performer Audra McDonald! Broadway stars will be performing numbers from Hamilton, Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and more. This is a PARTY, not just another Zoom room, so don’t miss out. An opportunity like this only comes around once every 100 years!

Included with your registration is an invitation to join fellow Chargers as we envision the future of Charger Athletics! On Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m., Charger Nation will come together to honor our tradition and unveil the future that is on the horizon. You won’t want to miss this feature event as we #ChargeOn towards Division I!

If you have any questions, please contact us at alumni@newhaven.edu.

Hosted By

Meet Audra McDonald

The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, Audra McDonald was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama.

Born into a musical family, McDonald grew up in Fresno, California, and received her classical vocal training at the Juilliard School. A year after graduating, she won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater. She received two additional Tony Awards in the featured actress category over the next four years for her performances in the Broadway premieres of Terrence McNally’s Master Class (1996) and Ragtime (1998), for an unprecedented total of three Tony Awards before the age of 30.

In 2004 she won her fourth Tony, starring alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs in A Raisin in the Sun, and in 2012 she won her fifth—and her first in the leading actress category—for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. In 2014 she made Broadway history and became the Tony Awards’ most decorated performer when she won her sixth award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill—the role that also served as the vehicle for her Olivier Award-nominated 2017 debut in London’s West End. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, she also became the first person to receive awards in all four acting categories.

McDonald made her opera debut in 2006 at Houston Grand Opera, where she starred in a double bill: the monodrama La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc and the world premiere of Send by Michael John LaChiusa. She made her Los Angeles Opera debut in 2007 starring alongside Patti LuPone in John Doyle’s production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The resulting recording won McDonald two Grammy Awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album.

It was the Peabody Award-winning CBS program Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years that first introduced McDonald to television audiences as a dramatic actor. She went on to co-star with Kathy Bates and Victor Garber in the lauded 1999 Disney/ABC television remake of Annie, and in 2000 she had a recurring role on NBC’s hit series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

From 2007 to 2011, she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama, Private Practice. In 2013, her critically acclaimed performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s live telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, opposite Carrie Underwood as Maria, was watched by an estimated 18.5 million people across America. She received a fourth Emmy nomination for her role in HBO’s film special of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in 2016. Having first appeared as US attorney Liz Lawrence on CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife in 2009, she joined the cast of CBS All Access’s The Good Fight as a season regular in 2018.

Performances By

Debbie Gravitte, Tony Award Winner

Allie Mauzey, Wicked

Julius Thomas III, Hamilton

Sydnee Winters, The Lion King

Hugh Panaro, Phantom of the Opera

Dee Roscioli, The Cher Show

Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide

Lakisha Jones, The Color Purple

Mark Kopitzke, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Scarlett Strallen, Mary Poppins

Morgan James, Godspell

Jesse Leprotto, Newsies

Special Conversation with
President Steve Kaplan and Best-Selling Author Adriana Trigiani

Centennial Giving Challenge

Our historic Centennial Giving Challenge will run from September 1 through the Ball on October 3, and we are seeking your participation to raise gifts from 2,020 University alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends! Your Virtual Centennial Ball registration will include you in our Centennial Challenge. Please also consider adding an additional donation onto your registration to help support our students. Click here to learn more about our Centennial Giving Challenge. 

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