Lily Tomlin, the Tony-winning star of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, will host an upcoming benefit for Desert AIDS Project on May 5. Entitled One Night Only, the AIDS fundraiser will be held at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, CA.
The evening's performers feature a host of actors and singers who, collectively, have garnered more than 30 Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Academy Award nominations and awards. At press time, those scheduled to entertain include Michael Allen, Chris Calloway, Nell Carter, Loretta Devine, Nancy Dussault, Davis Gaines, Jason Graae, Brian Lane Green, Suzanna Guzman, Sally Kellerman, Dale Kristien, Lorna Luft, Rod McKuen, Valarie Pettiford, Bob Smith, Lesley Ann Warren, and JoAnne Worley.
One Night Only is being produced by photographer Michael Childers and directed by Stuart Ross. Ron Abel will serve as the evening's musical director. Honorary Committee members include Kaye Ballard, Jerry Herman, Dr. David Kaminsky, Barry Manilow, Harold Matzner, Jane Morgan, John Schlesinger and comedian/writer Bruce Vilanch.
The performance, which begins at 6 PM, will be followed by a dinner for the celebrities and major donors. The dinner will include a live auction of works by some of the country's most prominent photographers and painters. Those artists who have donated work include Sid Avery, Bruce Weber, Greg Gorman, David Hockney and Douglas Kirkland, among others.
The McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts is located in Palm Desert, CA. Tickets — ranging from $50 to $275 — are now on sale by calling the theatre's box office at (760) 340-2787. The Desert AIDS Project provides medical care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the desert community. Free, anonymous HIV testing is available as well as counseling, home health services, legal assistance, and assistance with housing, medications, food and more.
—By Andrew Gans