Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 – 8:11 PM
For more than a decade, internationally renowned celebrity and fashion photographer Michael Childers and the secular Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) have provided the Coachella Valley with a gift … a gift good for one night only.
Childers, who has raised more than $13 million for a variety of charities over the years, conceived the event, fittingly titled “One Night Only,” while wintering in New Mexico with the iconic director John Schlesinger of Midnight Cowboy fame and a few celebrity friends. The premise was simple: bring together, on stage, an all-star cast of Broadway stars who would sing just one number, for just one performance, with the proceeds going to charity.
Everyone said it was a great good idea, but impossible. How would a producer coordinate the logistics to the satisfaction of the 20-some Broadway marquee stars that would be performing?
As explained recently by Lucie Arnaz, there were two factors coming into play. One reason is that Childers has the reputation as being a “consummate professional,” Arnaz stated without hesitation. Anything produced by him would be as enjoyable for the performers as it is for the audience.
The second reason, said Arnaz, is that not all performers have the ability to make six-figures donations to charity, but they can and do, offer their time talent as a platform to generate funds for worthwhile causes.
How does Childers explain his success? He’ll raise his eyes slightly and smiles simply. “It’s because I ask for the best,” his eyes twinkle, “and I get the best.”
This year’s “One Night Only” will play tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein – arguably the most brilliant music ever written–at the McCallum Theatre on April 25.
There’s a special reservation line for Courier readers; 760-325-4088, ext 118.