Feinstein, Morse, Lee and More Will Appear at Loesser-Flavored CTG Benefit in L.A. Nov. 17

News   Feinstein, Morse, Lee and More Will Appear at Loesser-Flavored CTG Benefit in L.A. Nov. 17
 
The musical legacy of Broadway composer-lyricist Frank Loesser will be celebrated at Center Theatre Group's starry Salon XVI benefit at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles Nov. 17.

The 8 PM event, dubbed Happy to Make Your Acquaintance, will be hosted by Michael Feinstein. Robert Morse, who won a Tony Award in 1962 for his role in Loesser's Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will make a special appearance.

Joining Feinstein and Morse in the performance, which is directed by Gordon Hunt, will be (in alphabetical order) George Ball, Roger Befeler, Theodore Bikel, Rod Gilfry, Jason Graae, Harry Groener, Kim Huber, Elissa Johnston, Michele Lee, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Amanda McBroom, Ken Page, Nita Whitaker and Wesla Whitfield.

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A post-performance cast party in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will immediately follow the Salon performance. Chaired by Ann and Stephen F. Hinchliffe, Jr. and produced by Susan Clines, the event will benefit Hot Tix, one of CTG's discount ticket programs.

The Salon will feature songs from such Loesser shows as Where's Charley?, Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella and How to Succeed… Expect Loesser's stage, film and pop hits, including "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Happy to Make Your Acquaintance," "Heart and Soul," "I Believe in You," "Slow Boat to China," "Joey, Joey, Joey," "Standing on the Corner" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat."

Happy to Make Your Acquaintance is CTG's 16th annual Salon at the Taper, which honors the great lyricists and composers of American musical theatre and popular song.

Created and led by Michael Feinstein, the Salon series is recognized as one of the premiere annual events in Los Angeles social circles. The program honors Nick Vanoff, a Tony Award-winning producer and ardent supporter of CTG. Previous Salons at the Taper have celebrated the work of Sammy Cahn, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Alan Jay Lerner, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, Sir Noël Coward, Kurt Weill and Cole Porter, among others.

Founded in 1967, Center Theatre Group is Los Angeles' leading not-for-profit theatre company and one of the nation's preeminent arts and cultural organizations. Under the leadership of artistic director Michael Ritchie, CTG presents productions year-round at the 739-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600-2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center of Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

Tickets to the Salon at the Taper are $500 per person (with Section A seating and a post-performance cast party). A limited number of tickets to the performance only (Section B seating) will be available for $200 and are based on availability. For more information and reservations call (213) 972-8056.

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