By Michael Gioia
19 May 2012
|Photo by Robert Mannis|
The 8 PM event, which is held in the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum, features a conversation with Schwartz as well as performances of his stage and movie musical hits.
Directed and moderated by Scott Logsdon (Les Miserables), the evening includes performances from Tony nominee Andrea McArdle (Annie), Hunter Parrish (Spring Awakening, "Weeds"), Haviland Stillwell (Les Misérables), Kate Flannery ("The Office"), Pamla Vale Abramson, Melissa Batalles, Garrett Hoy, Ben Reece and Laura L.Thomas. Joel Baker is the musical director and accompanist.
The Melpomai Award—which is Greek for "Celebration With Song and Dacne"—will be given annually to honor excellence in the development of theatre nationally. The award will be presented to Schwartz by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford ("Fame," "Footloose," Godspell); Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet has declared May 19 as "Stephen Schwartz Day" in Palm Springs.
The Annenberg Theater is located at 101 Museum Drive in Palm Springs, CA. For more information and tickets, call (760) 325-4490 or visit PSMuseum.org.