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ANNUAL MUSICAL THEATRE BENEFIT S.T.A.G.E. RAISES OVER $285,000 FOR AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES

The event, which features Grammy® and Tony® Award-winning cast, remains the world’s longest running musical theatre benefit to fight AIDS and key private source of HIV funding

Note to editors: Print-quality photos of the show and red-carpet arrivals are available at this link (show photos) and this link (red-carpet arrivals; use password APLA4613 to download high-resolution images).

Los Angeles, Calif (April 9, 2013) – A company of more than 25 stars of stage and screen entertained a packed house at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Saturday night (April 6) at the 29th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.). The event, themed “Broadway, My Way,” raised more than $285,000 for HIV/AIDS direct care, education, and advocacy services offered by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). 

A bevy of stars took to the stage in numbers that ranged from vocal powerhouse to comedic twists on long-time favorites (including comedy writer and six-time Emmy® winner Bruce Vilanch appearing in a ballet tutu for A Chorus Line’s “At the Ballet”) to touching moments – as when Madison Claire Parks, granddaughter of late S.T.A.G.E. performer and star Betty Garrett, offered a soaring rendition of The Phantom of the Opera’s “Think of Me.”  The show capped off with six-time Emmy® award winner and Tony® award winner Tyne Daly’s performance of “Rose’s Turn” (Gypsy), followed by an all-company finale. The show was directed, as it has been since its inception, by David Galligan, and John McDaniel returned as music director. 

“Tonight’s performance was nothing short of ovation-inspiring,” says APLA Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. “We’re tremendously grateful to the S.T.A.G.E. Producers, Executive Committee, our generous sponsors, and of course the entire company of the show.” 

S.T.A.G.E. marked its 29th production this year with a new theme: “Broadway, My Way,” which showcased this exciting cast performing popular Broadway musical numbers in their own contemporary styles. Since its first show in 1984, the event has featured more than 300 stars of Broadway, film, and television while raising millions of dollars for APLA and other Southern California AIDS service organizations.

This year, Wells Fargo served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor; the financial services company doubled its longtime support of the event this year, offering a $50,000 cash contribution to support the event and APLA’s direct services. Grand sponsors were Elgart Aster and Paul Swerdlove and HBO. The supporting sponsor was Ted Snowdon

Other Broadway stars who comprised the company included Jim Bailey, Patrick Cassidy, Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, Karen Culliver, Joely Fisher, Davis Gaines, Kathy Garrick, Gordon Goodman, Marsha Kramer, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones, Jane Lanier, Vicki Lewis, Kimberley Locke, Tom Lowe, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison, The Mumos, Alex Newell, Michael Orland, Janis Paige, Valarie Pettiford, Andrew Rannells, Lisa Vroman, Lillias White, Terri White, and Jo Anne Worley.

Funds raised through S.T.A.G.E. support APLA programs including its Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; freestanding and mobile dental clinics; in-home health services; housing assistance; HIV prevention and testing efforts; and a range of other APLA services that thousands of Angelenos who are affected by HIV/AIDS depend on. S.T.A.G.E. is among the most enduring and valuable sources of private support for the agency’s HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and advocacy work.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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