Night of 1000 Stars Will Celebrate Hal Prince; Heather Headley, Jason Robert Brown, Len Cariou Will Perform
By Andrew Gans
Alan Titchmarsh will host the annual The Night of 1000 Stars, the star-studded event celebrating musical theatre, which will be presented May 5 at the Royal Albert Hall to benefit Gloria Hunniford’s cancer support charity, The Caron Keating Foundation.
The evening will celebrate the career of multiple Tony-winning producer-director Hal Prince.
Currently scheduled to perform are West End stars Heather Headley and Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard), Denise van Outen and Tiffany Graves (Chicago), Katie Rowley-Jones (Wicked), Alex Bourne (Kiss Me Kate), Ian Knauer (Mamma Mia!), Marcus Lovett, Shona Lindsay and Tabitha Webb (The Phantom of the Opera) and Kristen Beth Williams (Top Hat) as well as Christian Lund, Jason Robert Brown, Kenneth Nichols and Len Cariou. Violin soloist Diana Yukawa will join the company onstage.
Attendees can expect to hear songs from such Prince shows as Evita, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Company, Cabaret, Candide, Parade and more.
Kevin Amos and Stuart Morley will supervise the musical forces; Kevan Allen and Dmitri Gruzdyev will choreograph. Director Hugh Wooldridge said in a statement, "This evening is a must for all who love musicals. Come along and hear the best performers in the world performing some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century. Come and join in the fun; whilst raising funds for this most splendid charity."
Show time is 8 PM.
The Caron Keating Foundation, according to press notes, "makes a considerable difference to many individuals and families affected and dealing with cancer. It does this by assisting small but significant cancer charities who finance professional carers, treatment centres and support groups. It’s a family-run Foundation with broadcaster, Gloria Hunniford, as the administrator and its only costs are two part-time secretaries, meaning that almost all the money raised goes directly to the projects."
Tickets start at £15.50 and are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office (020 7589 8212) or by visiting www.royalalberthall.com.
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