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Rita Wilson Returns to the Geffen for Six-Show Music Series, Starting Tonight

Rita Wilson brings her vocal and songwriting talents to the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse for six all-new shows this month, following sell-out performances at last fall's premiere of Liner Notes.

For each performance, Wilson will be joined by special guests for an evening of songwriters performing and sharing the stories behind their songs. The shows will be performed in the round, providing an up-close and personal experience. Featured artists include: Jeff Barry, Darrell Brown, Kara DioGuardi, Holly Knight, Richard Marx, MoZella and Billy Steinberg.

Wilson has a long history with the Geffen. In addition to last year's Liner Notes, she has appeared in numerous productions over the theater's 20-year history, including Dinner with Friends and Love, Loss and What I Wore. In 2009, she was presented the Distinction in Theater Award at the annual Backstage at the Geffen event.

Well-known as an actress (It's Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle and on Broadway in Larry David's hit, Fish in the Dark) and as a film producer (Mamma Mia!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2), her first love is music. Since the release of solo album AM/FM, Wilson has worked with a host of award-winning songwriters and producers. Last March, she released her self-titled second album and in June, toured with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Chicago.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Sept. 15 8:00 pm (Rita Wilson, Kara DioGuardi, Holly Knight and Jeff Barry)

Friday, Sept. 16 8:00 pm (Rita Wilson, Kara DioGuardi, Holly Knight and Jeff Barry)

Saturday, Sept. 17 8:00 pm (Rita Wilson, Richard Marx, Holly Knight and Jeff Barry)

Thursday, Sept. 22 8:00 pm (Rita Wilson, Darrell Brown, Billy Steinberg and MoZella)

Friday, Sept. 23 8:00 pm (Rita Wilson, Darrell Brown, Billy Steinberg and MoZella)

Saturday, Sept. 24 8:00 pm (Rita Wilson, Darrell Brown, Billy Steinberg and MoZella)

Tickets priced from $59 to $89; VIP cabaret-style seating (including two complimentary drinks) available from $129 to $149. Fees may apply. Purchase in person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, by phone at 310.208.5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org.


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