Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele have been part of the creative fabric of the Asolo Repertory Theatre for years.
But all times come to and end. This season will be the Edwards and DiGabriele's last, with the pair retiring in June.
The theater company paid tribute to the pair with a lively Broadway-themed gala at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota on March 4.
The Asolo's longtime supporters met at the Ritz for the gala, which adopted a Broadway theme. The event space was full of dresses, accessories and other props from the many productions the company has put on over the years.
The night's program started with words from Edwards and DiGabriele before dinner was served. Guests also enjoyed a Broadway medley from Ana Isabelle and Justin Gregory Lopez.
Incoming Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein then took to the stage to speak on Edwards and DiGabriele's legacy before welcoming Production Manager and Director of Operations Vic Meyrich to speak on his many years working with DiGabriele.
Longtime Asolo supporter John Welch then surprised DiGabriele with a bouquet of flowers for her many years with the company.
The night concluded with drinks and plenty of dancing. The Broadway gala raised around $200,000.