Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 – 2:31 PM
Question: What two long-awaited, sold-out, live-on-stage performances will be held on either end of the country the evening of April 20, 2017? Answer: New York will see the opening night performance of Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler; while the Coachella Valley is treated to a “One Night Only,” performance produced by the iconic fashion/celebrity photographer turned philanthropist Michael Childers themed as “Hello, Jerry” a tribute to the remarkable work of composer/lyricist Herman, by Childers, a man as generous as he is talented.
Over a decade ago, while he was vacationing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Childers developed the concept for” One Night Only:” Get together a group of about two-dozen Broadway and Hollywood stars, (who have donated their time), and have them appear on stage for just one night, with the proceeds going to charity.
For the past 10 years, Childers has produced “One Night Only” in aid of Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS). Each production has been a sell-out with more than $2 million going to promote JFS’s local services.
This year Childers’s production will feature Herman’s most loved songs from Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Mack & Mabel, Grand Tour and La Cage Aux Folles. Jason Graae directs the performance, while Christopher Marlow directs the music.
As of press time, the cast includes: Christine Andreas, Brent Barrett, Gary Beach, Klea Blackhurst, Carole Cook, Scott Coulter, Davis Gaines, Jason Graae, Danny Gurwin, Conor Guzman, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Alix Korey, Michele Lee, Ruta Lee, Vicki Lewis, Karen Morrow, Jeffery Scott Parsons, Faith Prince, Lee Roy Reams, Gary Shaw, Jo Anne Worley and Karen Ziemba.
For more than 30 years, JFS of the Desert has provided services throughout the Coachella Valley to those in need regardless of religion, age, income, ethnicity or life style. Most of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children served are from low-income household. They rely on JFS for low cost mental health counseling, crisis intervention and food support. JFS also provides isolated, homebound seniors with care, transportation and enrichment activities.
Located in Palm Springs, JFS’s funds raised are used in the valley.
General admission tickets for “One Night Only” are now on sale. Tickets, at $175, $95 and $75, are available through the McCallum Theatre box office (760-340-2787). Limited sponsorships and VIP tickets (including premier seating and the after theater cast party) are available directly through JFS at 760-325-4088, ext. 118.
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The red carpet has been rolled up, but if you have not heard, the audience of film attendees at the Palm Springs International Film Festival has chosen.
• The Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to the American film, When We Rise.
• The Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best documentary Feature went to the American production of Take Me Home Huey.
• The FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year was garnered by Germany-released, Toni Erdmann.