4:52 PM EDT, July 16, 2012
2012 Ford Theater Gala with Matthew Morrison from Glee, Hardball's Chris Mathews, Nancy Pelosi [D-CA], Laurence Fishburne, and Morgan Freeman.
Ford’s Theatre Society hosted its annual gala on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Ford’s Theatre (511 10th Street NW) followed by a seated dinner at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum (750 Ninth Street NW). The evening included the presentation of the Lincoln Medal to Morgan Freeman and Elie Wiesel, two individuals whose extraordinary character, accomplishments and life work reflect Lincoln’s legacy of leadership, service, humanity, wisdom, eloquence and vision.
The evening’s events will began with red carpet arrivals at Ford’s Theatre, followed by a special evening performance that celebrated courageous American stories from the Revolutionary War to the present day through performance and song.
Highlights included appearances by host Scott Bakula, soprano Anna Christy, musical duo The Civil Wars, R&B icon Bettye LaVette, actor and vocalist Matthew Morrison, and 1776 cast members Robert Cuccioli, Bobby Smith and others. Following the performance, invited guests dined at the National Portrait Gallery.