Errico to Perform at La Jolla's "Diamonds are Forever!" 2007 Gala Honoring McAnuff

News   Errico to Perform at La Jolla's "Diamonds are Forever!" 2007 Gala Honoring McAnuff Broadway star Melissa Errico will be featured in the La Jolla Playhouse's upcoming "Diamonds are Forever!" 2007 Gala honoring its outgoing artistic director Des McAnuff.

The event will take place Oct. 27 at the California company's Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center. The title refers to the Playhouse's 60th year (and diamond anniversary) of presenting.

Errico — who starred for McAnuff in Dracula, the Musical — will join the Red Dirt Band and "other surprise guests," according to a release. Proceeds from the gala will directly benefit the Playhouse's new play development and education programs.

The evening will kick off with a 5:30 PM cocktails reception with hors d'oeuvres and silent auction, followed by a Wolfgang Puck Catering-designed gourmet dinner and wine. Performances will take place after a live auction. The evening ends with a party set to the music of Zowie Bowie that also includes gourmet desserts and dancing.

McAnuff has brought his La Jolla stagings of Dracula, 700 Sundays and Jersey Boys to Broadway. He leaves his post to become one of three artistic directors at Canada's Stratford Festival when his California contract ends in 2007. He will hold the title of Director Emeritus for the California stage.

A Tony Award winner for his direction of Big River and The Who's Tommy, McAnuff's Broadway credits also include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and A Walk in the Woods in addition to his numerous productions as producer with Dodger Theatricals. He staged the musicals Zhivago, The Wiz and next handles the Broadway run of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention. His directorial film work includes "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" and "Cousin Bette." Tickets ($500-$5,000) or tables ($5,000-$25,000) are available by calling (858) 550-1020 x117 or visiting lajollaplayhouse.org. The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse is located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla, CA.

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