For Immediate Release
For AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA): Gabriel McGowan
For S.T.A.G.E.: Scott Barton
Los Angeles, Calif (Feb. 4, 2013) -- Two-time Tony® Award winner SUTTON FOSTER and Tony nominee and Grammy® Award winner ANDREW RANNELLS will perform for the first time in the 29th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), held on Saturday, April 6 at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Foster is a Broadway veteran, having received the Tony Award for "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She also originated roles in "Little Women," "The Drowsy Chaperone," and "Young Frankenstein," among others, and currently stars in the ABC Family series "Bunheads."
Rannells received a Tony nomination for his starring role in "The Book of Mormon," for which he also received a Grammy Award for Best Broadway Cast Album. Andrew also appeared on Broadway in "Hairspray" and "Jersey Boys," among others. He currently stars in the Golden Globe®-winning HBO comedy series "Girls" and in NBC's hit comedy series "The New Normal."
Other Broadway stars scheduled to appear in the concert that raises money for AIDS Project Los Angeles include PATRICK CASSIDY, CAROLE COOK, KAREN CULLIVER, TYNE DALY, DAVIS GAINES, FLORENCE HENDERSON, SHIRLEY JONES, JANE LANIER, VICKIE LEWIS, KIMBERLY LOCKE, TOM LOWE, PAT MARSHALL, PATRICIA MORISON, JANIS PAIGE, MADISON CLAIRE PARKS, VALARIE PETTIFORD, ANDREW SAMONSKY, JAMES SNYDER, BRUCE VILANCH and JOANNE WORLEY.
Additional casting to be announced.
S.T.A.G.E. will mark its 29th production with a new theme for this year: “Broadway, My Way,” which will showcase 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 will serve 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.
Funds raised through S.T.A.G.E. will 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.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. With more than 30 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit apla.org.