Over The Moon

Over the Moon

A Celebration of WTTW and WFMT

May 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Event Chairs Renée and Lester Crown and the Board of Trustees of WTTW and WFMT invite you to our annual gala. This evening is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the American people’s spirit of exploration, curiosity, and innovation. This historic event will be marked on PBS with the premiere of American Experience: Chasing the Moon in the summer of 2019.

Event Details 

Renée Crown Public Media Center
5400 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

The evening will include special interviews with Captain Jim Lovell, NASA Astronaut, and Poppy Northcutt, first female engineer at NASA Mission Control, and a musical performance of hits from 1969 showcasing Broadway stars Abby Mueller and Quentin Earl Darrington.

Abby Mueller
Abby was most recently seen on Broadway starring as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Prior to joining the Broadway company, she originated the role of Carole King on the First National Tour. NYC: Kinky Boots (Broadway), A Minister's Wife (Lincoln Center), School of Rock (Off-Broadway Workshop, Gramercy Theatre). REGIONAL: Abigail Adams in 1776 (American Conservatory Theater and Asolo Rep), Fantine in Les Miserables, Ellen in Miss Saigon (Ellen), Narrator in Joseph... (Fulton Theatre), Mary Zimmerman's Candide (Huntington Theatre Company), Catherine in Pippin (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Constance in The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Fiona in Brigadoon, Cinderella in Into The Woods, Georgie in The Full Monty (Marriott Theatre).

Abby Mueller

Quentin Earl Darrington
Quentin Earl Darrington was most recently seen on Broadway as Agwe in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island, for which he earned a Grammy nomination. He made his Broadway debut in the 2010 Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, starring as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and was also seen as Old Deuteronomy in the Broadway revival of CATS. A native of Florida, his extensive career has taken him from the Bay to Broadway and beyond performing in numerous shows and concerts traveling 46 US states, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe also in the national tours of Memphis, The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Ragtime.

Quentin Earl Darrington


Lead Sponsor



The Crown Family

The Negaunee Foundation

Solar System

Abbott Labs
Tawani Property Management
Robert and Joan Clifford and Clifford Law Offices
Jim and Kay Mabie
The Malkin Family
Alexandra and John Nichols
Larry D. Richman, CIBC
and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins,
The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
The Segal Family Foundation


The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation

The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

James and Andrea Gordon,
The Edgewater Funds

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and
John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Fay and Daniel Levin

Joan and Andy McKenna

Jo and Newt Minow


Martin and Mary L. Boyer Foundation

Lewis Collens and Lee Ayers

Denny and Sandy Cummings

Jim and Karen Frank

Front Barnett Associates LLC
Marshall B. Front, Chairman

Gantz Family Foundation

Howard Gottlieb and Barbara Greis

Gould & Ratner

Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation

Mary Ann and David Grumman

Jack and Sandra Guthman

The Handelsman Family Foundation

Beverly and Warren Hayford

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Pat and Mike Koldyke

MB Financial Bank

Judy and John McCarter

Cathy and Bill Osborn

Our Man In Havana


John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe


Kathleen and Jim Skinner

True Partners Consulting


Broadbent Selections

Frost Chicago

Indestructo Rental Company, Inc.

Jewell Events Catering

Mission Press, Inc.

Palmer House Hilton

Piano Trends Music & Band Co

Swirlz Cupcakes

Terlato Wines

As of March 29, 2019


Space is limited; please make an early commitment to ensure your reservation. Please respond to celebration@wttw.com or to (773) 509-5591.


Individuals, corporations, and foundations wishing to support WTTW and WFMT may reserve tables at Over the Moon or, if you cannot attend, make a fully tax-deductible donation. We are pleased to offer a number of unique ways to acknowledge your generous support. Learn more about the levels of sponsorship and related benefits by contacting the WTTW and WFMT Development Office at (773) 509-5579 or by email at celebration@wttw.com. All proceeds benefit WTTW and WFMT.

Or, make a gift online here.