Barrett Foa, Christine Pedi, Jai Rodriguez and More Among Lineup for 33rd Annual S.T.A.G.E. Benefit
The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) has announced the all-star cast participating in its 33rd annual gala, "Idols & Icons," being held on Saturday, May 13th, at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. David Galligan directs with Michael Orland returning as musical director.
"Idols & Icons" will pay tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Shirley Bassey, Bob Fosse, George Michael, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince and more. Stars of film, Broadway and television scheduled to appear in the concert that raises critical funds for APLA Health include: India Carney, Carole Cook, Melinda Doolittle, Anthony Fedorov, Barrett Foa, Sam Harris, Jane A. Johnston, Dale Kristien, Vicki Lewis, Kimberley Locke, Jon Maher, Sharon McNight, Jennifer Paz, Christine Pedi, Jai Rodriquez, Jake Simpson and Nita Whitaker. Additional casting to be announced.
Begun in 1984, STAGE is the longest-running annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the world. To date, STAGE has raised more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS organizations in the Southland. Co-created by Michael Kearns, the late James Carroll Pickett, David Galligan and Susan Obrow, STAGE continues to be a vital and essential fundraiser more than three decades later. David Galligan has staged and directed all 33 productions.
Funds raised through STAGE support an array of APLA Health's services, including its Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; health centers that provide medical, dental, and mental health care; home health services; housing assistance; HIV prevention and testing efforts; and many more on which those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS depend. STAGE is among the most enduring and valuable sources of private support for the agency's HIV/AIDS care, prevention and advocacy work. See www.aplahealth.org for more.