Northwestern just posted a four-minute video on its website about that "A Starry Night" gala event I wrote about here the other day. It's mainly a behind-the-scenes look at the night, with several of the performers talking about why they came back to the school for the show. However, interspersed are a bunch of clips from the event itself, and it begins with a few seconds of the opening video with host Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers -- supposedly talking from the elegant and fictitious "Northwestern Lounge" in New York City.
A few quick notes about some of the people you'll see in the video. whose names (though not credentials) might be a bit more under-the-wire --
Craig Bierko starred as Prof. Harold Hill in the recent revival of The Music Man. Heather Headley starred in Elton John's Broadway version of Aida and was in the original Broadway cast of his The Lion King, as well as starred in the musical version of A Color Purple. Frank Galati -- who is the fellow who looks like Santa Claus -- was a long-time professor who, while teaching there, got an Oscar nomination for co-writing The Accidental Tourist, and won two Tony Awards for writing the adaptation and directing The Grapes of Wrath, and also directed the musical Ragtime. Stephanie D'Abruzzo got a Tony nomination for the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q. Harry Lennix currently plays the Assistant FBI Director on The Blacklist. And Sharif Atkins was a regular cast member on E.R. Also, student performer Lucy Godinez won a local award for her performance in the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights.
(And for readers of these pages, you can see my pal Shelly Goldstein, who gets mentioned around these parts, in the image below. The Lady Shellington was Head Writers of the show, and as a fine chanteuse even appeared in on of the sketches. She's the first person you see in full on the right -- or five people to Stephen Colbert's left. Or as I prefer to put it, Stephen Colbert is the one who is five people to Shelly's right...)
I'll keep checking for more material from the night, which I hope shows up. But at least for now, there's this.