Clay Aiken, Andrea McArdle and More Set for Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Gala, 6/16


Three stars of Broadway and pop music – plus a celebrity DJ – have joined the entertainment lineup for the Encore Celebration presented by Krieg DeVault. The June 16 event benefits the Center for the Performing Arts and serves as the first annual Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.

Michael Feinstein, the Center's artistic director, will be joined by Clay Aiken in a tribute to Barry Manilow, with Lari White singing hits by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and Andrea McArdle performing Cole Porter tunes. Together, the vocalists will honor the inductees' musical contributions to the Great American Songbook. Barry Manilow, Cole Porter and the songwriting duo of Alan and Marilyn Bergman (creators of Barbra Streisand's greatest movie scores including The Way We Were and Yentl) are the inaugural class of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.

On the evening of June 16, guests at the Center for the Performing Arts campus will be greeted with a cocktail reception leading up to the Hall of Fame concert tribute. Following the concert will be dinner. Plans include after-party clubs spread throughout the Palladium, with DJ Tony Okungbowa – from "The Ellen Degeneres Show" – on the main stage for dancing. A dueling pianos bar, the Feinstein cabaret club and an authentic Chicago jazz club are also available for guests to roam in and out of throughout the After Party.

The Encore Celebration is presented by Krieg DeVault. Additional companies making this evening possible include First Merchants Bank, Katz, Sapper & Miller, Makers Mark and Tom Wood Jaguar. Limited seating is available via advanced reservations. For details on table reservations, call Laura Varnau at 317-819-3521. Table of 10 is $5,000. Corporate tables are $7,500. VIP performance tickets are $500.

Starting today the following are available for purchase: concert-only at $200 (includes cocktail reception), After Party-only admission at $100. Call the box office at 317-843-3800 or For a full roster of the evening's entertainment, visit

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