Original Hairspray Tracy and Little Shop Audrey Sing Webber in L.A. Benefit
Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) and Ellen Greene
(original Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors) will pay tribute to Andrew
Lloyd Webber at the 20th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill
Event (S.T.A.G.E.) benefit, March 12-14 in Los Angeles.
The benefit, titled "The Perfect Year, The Music of Andrew Lloyd
Webber," will perform three times only at Cal State University Los
Angeles' Luckman Fine Arts Complex. S.T.A.G.E. veteran David Galligan
directs with Gerald Sternbach providing musical direction. Proceeds
benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Free Clinic.
The evenings will feature songs from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's
musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus
Christ Superstar, Evita, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera and
Aspects of Love.
The songlist includes "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Another Suitcase
in Another Hall," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Memory," "Starlight
Express," "Only You," "Tell Me on a Sunday," "Unexpected Song: With One
Look," "As if We Never Said Goodbye," "Anything But Lonely," "Love
Changes Everything," "Any Dream Will Do," "The Coat of Many Colors,"
"All I Ask of You," "The Music of the Night," "Wishing You Were Somehow
Here Again" and more.
The first S.T.A.G.E. benefit took place in October 1984, honoring the
music of Leonard Bernstein. Subsequent presentations have paid tribute
to Stephen Sondheim (1985, 1987, 1996), Jule Styne (1988), Jerry Herman
(1989), John Kander and Fred Ebb (1990), Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
and Oscar Hammerstein (1991), Irving Berlin (1992), George and Ira
Gershwin (1993), Harold Arlen (1995), Cole Porter (1997), Alan Jay
Lerner, Frederick Loewe and Burton Lane (1998), Richard Adler, Jerry
Bock and Cy Coleman (1999), Charles Strouse, Arthur Schwartz and
Stephen Schwartz (2000), Jerome Kern (2001), Johnny Mercer (2002) and
Frank Loesser (2003).
Ten of the benefits have been recorded and are available on CD through
the stagela.com website. They include "Stephen Sondheim: A Musical
Celebration"; "Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away"; "George Gershwin:
A Musical Celebration"; "Harold Arlen: Over the Rainbow"; "Cole Porter:
A Musical Toast"; (Alan Jay) "Lerner, (Frederick) Loewe, (Burton) Lane
& Friends"; "ABC" (Richard Adler, Jerry Bock, Cy Coleman); "Jerome
Kern: Life on the Wicked S.T.A.G.E."; "Kurt Weill: The Centennial"; and
"Johnny Mercer: Dream."
David Galligan, Jonathan Kanes, Richard Loring, Charles Pollock and
Harry Prongue produce the 20th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Naomi Caryl and Betty
Garrett are co-chairs. Shawn Flannigan continues as event coordinator.
For tickets ($30-$200) to "The Perfect Year, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd
Webber," call (323) 656-9069. For more information, visit the
S.T.A.G.E. website at www.stagela.com