Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 2:00 PM
Performers including Carole Cook, Joely Fisher, Barrett Foa, Dale Kristien, Vicki Lewis, Christine Pedi and many more will take part in The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) 33rd annual gala, “Idols & Icons” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13 at The Saban Theatre.
David Galligan, who has helmed all iterations of the show, directs this final version of the show with Michael Orland returning as musical director.
Past productions have saluted specific Broadway composer. “This year’s a departure for us,” said Galligan, “we decided to change it up and salute the Great American Songbook and different interpretations.”
Galligan is known to take uptempo ballads and slow them down to change the emotion. Duets traditionally sung by a man and woman are often re-cast for two men or two women for a new version.
The program will pay tribute to composers Henry Mancini, Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, plus performers Shirley Bassey, Bob Fosse, George Michael, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince and more.
A filmed introduction from actor John Travolta will open the evening.
High points will include Cook paying tribune to her friends Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball and Ann Miller; Kristien, who played Christine Daaé for the entire L.A. Phantom of the Opera run at The Ahmanson, singing a duet with Michael Crawford, who will appear via videotape, and Anthony Federov (fourth season of American Idol) singing Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain’s Open Arms.
Foa (NCIS:Los Angeles) will perform a selection from Les Miserables where he plays multiple roles, and Fisher will sing from the musical version of Little Women.
Other performers will pay homage to their own idols, including: Kimberley Locke celebrating Shirley Bassey with This Is My Life, Nita Whitaker singing Lena Horne, and David Burnhan, whose father introduced him to Frank Sinatra, performing That’s Life.
A retrospective of highlights from the previous 32 shows by David Engel will also be screened.
Begun in 1984, STAGE is the longest-running annual HIV/AIDS fund-raiser in the world. To date, the organization has raised more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS organizations in the Southland.
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.
Tickets are available at www.sabantheatre.com or Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.stagela.com.