PHOTO CALL: Lillias White, Andrea McArdle, Len Cariou and More at Original Cast 3 Benefit
By Matthew Blank
The 28th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) presented Original Cast 3, a musical celebration showcasing artists from theatre, television and cabaret performing songs they originated in musical productions, April 28 at at the Saban Theatre Beverly Hills.
David Galligan directed the evening with musical direction by John McDaniel and choreography by Lee Martino and Dan Mojica. Jon Maher offered sign-language interpretation.
Each of the cast members performed songs from shows with which they were associated. Those scheduled to appear and the shows from which they performed material were Anna Maria Alberghetti (Carnival), Adrienne Barbeau, (Grease), David Burnham (Light in the Piazza), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Patrick Cassidy (Assassins), Cassidy and Shirley Jones (Maggie Flynn), Mary Jo Catlett (Different Times), Carole Cook with Alaman Diadhiou (How Do You Do I Love You), Loretta Devine, and Lillias White (Dreamgirls), Beth Fowler (Beauty and the Beast), Bonnie Franklin (Applause), Cody Green (West Side Story), Brian Lane Green (Big River), Bill Hutton (Blame It On the Movies), Carol Lawrence (West Side Story), Pat Marshall (Mr. Wonderful), Andrea McArdle (Annie), Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), Pat Morison (The King and I), Rex Smith (The Pirates of Penzance), Sally Struthers (Annie), The Tonics (Sondheim—A Musical Celebration at Carnegie Hall), Constance Towers (Anastasia), Susan Watson (Bye Bye Birdie) and John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys).
Since 1996, S.T.A.G.E. has recognized performers, philanthropists, businesses, organizations and individuals for their dedicated work in the fight against AIDS with the S.T.A.G.E. Producers Award. This year, the S.T.A.G.E. Producers Award is presented to film, television and stage actor Leslie Jordan for his long-standing commitment to the AIDS community.
S.T.A.G.E., the world’s longest continuously running AIDS event, benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, which provides bilingual direct support services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation.
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