21st Annual STAGE Event in LA March 11-13 to Celebrate Hamlish and Warren
The 21st Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), the longest continuously running AIDS benefit in the world, will celebrate the work of two great American composers-Marvin Hamlisch and Harry Warren-with a show called "Two on the Aisle" on March 11, 12 and 13 at Cal State University Los Angeles' Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
A spectacular tap dance number-larger than any found on Broadway-is planned to introduce the Harry Warren tribute. It will feature actress Sarah Lowe, granddaughter of Ruby Keeler, who starred in the motion picture version of Warren's classic "42nd Street," the musical that spawned the seminal "Lullaby of Broadway." The wonders of technology will put Keeler and Lowe, who herself has toured in the recently-revived "42nd Street," on stage together. Columnist and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne will oversee a special film presentation showcasing Warren's work.
S.T.A.G.E. brings together some of the biggest stars in theatre, television and cabaret to celebrate the music of legendary Broadway composers, and this year is no exception. Tony® and Emmy®-winning actress Tyne Daly and Tony winner for "Jelly's Last Jam" and star of last year's Tony-nominated "Caroline, Or Change" Tonya Pinkins are among those joining this year's cast.
"Two on the Aisle" will also reunite members of the cast of the original Broadway production of Hamlisch's signature musical, "A Chorus Line," among them, Ronald Dennis, Patricia Garland, Ron Kuhlman, Nancy Lane and Sammy Williams, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Paul. Hamlisch is also known for the Broadway shows "They're Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Smile," as well as hit songs like "Nobody Does It Better" and "The Way We Were," for which he won an Academy Award®.
Also scheduled to appear in this year's event are: Ian Abercrombie, Paul Ainsley, Susan Anton, Anastasia Barzee, Christopher Carl, Patrick Cassidy, Mary Jo Catlett, Kevin Chamberlin, Christalee, Carole Cook, Loretta Devine, Kevin Earley, David Engel, Betty Garrett, Bill Hutton, Alvin F. Y. Ing, Dale Kristien, Lorenzo Lamas, Rod McKuen, Linda Michele, Lisa Mordente, Karen Morrow, Jack Noseworthy, Valerie Perri, Linda Purl, Joan Ryan, Rip Taylor and Weslia Whitfield. Sign Language interpretation will be done by Jon Maher.
21st Annual S.T.A.G.E. Benefit Set for March 11, 12 and 13, 2005
S.T.A.G.E. veteran David Galligan will once again direct the program with musical direction from Gerald Sternbach. Performances are set for Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 8:00PM and Sunday, March 13 at 3:00PM.
Since its inception in 1984, S.T.A.G.E., the second fund-raising event ever created to fight AIDS, has raised millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS organizations throughout Southern California. This year, 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and to GLASS. APLA, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct support services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Founded by four friends in 1982, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. GLASS provides residential treatment and case management for the youth of Los Angeles County, and through their Mobile Health Outreach Project, provides medical care, HIV/STD testing disease prevention education and more to underserved homeless, runaway and high-risk street youth free of charge.
For ticket information, call 323-656-9069 or visit: www.stagela.com
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