LA STAGE Insider: February 17, 2011

By Julio Martinez

February 17, 2011

The 27th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event–S.T.A.G.E.–will be dedicated to the memory of musical-comedy star and longtime Event co-chair Betty Garrett, who died Saturday at the age of 91. 

Titled Original Cast 2, a musical celebration showcasing artists from theater, television and cabaret performing songs they originated in musical productions, the benefit event for AIDS Project Los Angeles will take place for one night only, on Apr. 2 at the Luckman Theatre on the campus of Cal State LA. David Galligan directs.

Garrett, who appeared in 22 previous S.T.A.G.E events, was preparing to perform a number in this year’s show from Something for the Boys, in which she appeared on Broadway in 1943 with Ethel Merman. 

A musical retrospective honoring Garrett is now being planned as part of this year’s show.