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) 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 evidence-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 advocates 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 LGBT people of color 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; the S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; and a mobile dental facility. APLA Health & Wellness serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.