Carol Channing, Melissa Manchester, Davis Gaines and More Set for Help Is On the Way Benefit
09 Aug 2010
Tony Award winner Carol Channing, Davis Gaines, Melissa Manchester and Sheryl Lee Ralph will be part of Help Is On the Way XVI Aug. 15 at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre.
The 7:30 PM concert, which is the largest annual AIDS benefit in Northern California, provides funding for AIDS-related organizations and service providers. David Galligan will direct with musical direction by Richard Berent. The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents the benefit.
In addition to Channing (Hello Dolly), Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera), pop singer Manchester and Ralph (Dreamgirls), the concert will feature Carole Cook (42nd Street), David Engel (La Cage aux Folles), LaToya London ("American Idol," The Color Purple), Larry Raben (The Producers), Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray) and Lisa Vroman (Phantom of the Opera), as well as Leanne Borghesi, James Darren ("Star Trek"), Kimberly Locke ("American Idol"), Jon Maher, Von Smith, dancers Jenny Sokolsky and William Stansbury, and original cast members of Forever Plaid.
An additional benefit, the One Night Only Cabaret, will take place Sept. 20 at 7:30 PM at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Original Broadway Dreamgirls star Sheryl Lee Ralph will join cast members from the current national tour of the Motown musical for a special concert. The evening will benefit The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.