The "divas" are lining up for the 12th anniversary concert "Divas . . . Simply Singing!," the annual star-studded concert presented by Thoroughly Modern Millie's Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, those women expected to perform include such Broadway names as Liz Callaway, Loretta Devine, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jenifer Lewis, Valarie Pettiford as well as Tisha Campbell Martin, E.G.Daily, Rebekah Del Rio, Moe Daniels, Joanna, Alexis, Elizabeth Berkley and China Forbes of Pink Martini.
About her annual concert, Ralph said, "As much as we all love this very special night we spend together each and every year, I wish there was no need for the show. I wish that there was no need to continue to raise AIDS awareness. I wish that more people got the message and understood that condoms should be a part of sex no matter how hot the moment and without them it's just Russian roulette and you are the target. I wish that sex was something we talked more honestly and openly about with each other, not just for carnal knowledge but for the necessary information that might just save a life."
Tickets, priced between $35 and $250, are available by calling Ticketmaster at (213) 480- 3232 or (805) 583-8700. Tickets are also available by mail: Divas Simply Singing, c/o Papile Accountancy, 9000 Sunset Blvd, Suite #709, West Hollywood, CA 90069. For more information, go to www.divassimplysinging.com.
Sheryl Lee Ralph currently stars as Muzzy Van Hossmere in the Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Marquis Theatre. She received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her performance as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, and she made her Broadway debut in the musical Reggae. Also a star of film and TV, Ralph's screen credits include "Moesha," "The District," "Designing Women," "Deterrence," "To Sleep with Anger," "Sister Act II," "The Flintsones," "The Mighty Quinn" and "Witch Hunt." —By Andrew Gans