Everybody has to start somewhere. For musical theatre legend John Raitt, it was in the Fullerton High School production of The Desert Song. Paying tribute to his roots, the original star of Carousel and The Pajama Game returns to the Fullerton Civic Light Opera for two benefit performances April 6 and 7 in Glendale, California.
Joining him will be Broadway's T. Eric Hart (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Richard Kinsey (Les Miserables). Local talent includes Leslie Tinnaro, John Huntington, Christopher Carothers, Alyson Fainbarg, Patti Diamond, Jack Ritschel, Susan Dohan, Debbi Ebert and Robert Lauder, Jr.
The evening features music from recent FCLO productions including Jekyll & Hyde, Children of Eden and My Fair Lady as well as tunes from Side Show, Seesaw, Sweet Charity, Rocky Horror Show, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. Sha Newman and Joe Fletcher direct the event, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Fullerton Civic Light Opera.
Tickets are $13-$37. Fullerton Civic Light Opera performs at the Plummer Auditorium, located at 201 East Chapman Avenue. For reservations, call (714) 879-1732.
— By Christine Ehren