Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday will reunite with original Broadway Dreamgirls costar Sheryl Lee Ralph in the 27th annual DIVAS Simply Singing! fundraiser for the California-based D.I.V.A. Foundation for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, December 9 at the Taglyan Cultural Center In Hollywood, California.
Also featured will be Todrick Hall, the former American Idol contestant currently starring in Chicago on Broadway, and who is this year’s recipient of the The D.I.V.A. Foundation’s Vision Award.
They will join stars from TV and pop music including R&B singers Kenny Lattimore and Rahsaan Patterson, Chicago soul singer Terisa Griffin, plus Black-ish actor Jenifer Lewis, who will be autographing copies of her new memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood.
DIVAS Simply Singing! will be hosted by D.I.V.A. (“Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware”) founder Ralph, who originated the role of Deena Jones in Broadway’s Dreamgirls. Holliday won a Tony Award for originating the role of Effie Melody White.
“We are always trying to find creative ways to continue to raise HIV/AIDS awareness,” Ralph says. “Anytime you put on an event for over 25 years, there’s the danger of becoming old, too familiar and having the community take you for granted. So this year, we thought we would do something different and host it in a smaller venue that brings everyone closer together for maximum interaction and enjoyment.”
DIVAS Simply Singing! will also honor the drivers for Project Angel Food, who give their time to help feed people battling critical illness. For nearly 35 years, volunteers and staff have cooked and delivered meals to the sick, free of charge, to homes throughout Los Angeles County. Some of the proceeds from this year’s DIVAS Simply Singing! will go to support Project Angel Food.
The Taglyan Cultural Center is located at 1201 Vine Street in Hollywood. Tickets which cost $100–$125, can be ordered here.