Jane Carr, Ian Abercrombie, Rod McKuen, Robert Morse, Ron Rifkin and Bruce Vilanch are just a few of the stars who will take part in the AIDS benefit revue Jerome Kern: Life Upon the Wicked S.T.A.G.E at the Luckman Theatre, March 2-4. S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event) has sponsored an AIDS benefit annually for seventeen years, which makes it the oldest AIDS benefit in the world. David Galligan directs the revue again, with Ron Abel serving as musical director.
Such Kerns hit songs as "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Ol' Man River," "Look For the Silver Lining" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" will be performed by the celebrity cast, which also includes Jamie Anderson, Alan Campbell, Carole Cook, Pam Dawber, Dale Kristien, Michael McGuire and Hugh Panaro, among others.
All proceeds go to the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic and other HIV/AIDS services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, one of L.A.'s highest profile organizations serving those living with HIV and AIDS. This year's event will also benefit The Dental Clinic of AIDS Project L.A.
Luckman Theatre is located on the campus of Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive. For tickets and information call (323) 656-9069 or visit stagela.com
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent