Featuring:Cast members from the hit Broadway Show Disney’s ALADDINBroadway, TV and recording stars:Kimberley Locke: American Idol, recording starJake Simpson: 2-time Star Search grand champion/recording starShawn Ryan: America’s Got Talent semi-finalistKim Nalley: Jazz star(Cast list as of 10-25-17 - Additional Cast to be announced.)Monday, Dec. 4, 20176:00 pm: Limited silent auction in theater lobby7:00 pm: Doors open for seating7:30 pm: Performance9:45 pm: After party with the cast at Clift Hotel’s Redwood and Velvet RoomsTix $60 - General admission$125 up - includes Gala post performance reception with castat the CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102For Tix and info www.helpisontheway.org or call 415- 273 -1620Tickets $60 - General Reserved Seating - Performance only; and $125 and up (Underwriter level tickets include the Gala Post Performance Reception and a chance to meet and mingle with the cast) at the nearby CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102. Doors open for the general public at 6:30 pm.For Tix and info www.helpisontheway.org or call 415- 273 -1620Silent Auction: 6:30 pmStar-studded AIDS Benefit Concert: 7:30 - 9:45 pmPost Performance Underwriter Dessert & Wine Party w/ cast: 9:45 - 11:45 pm(includes complimentary wine, champagne and desserts)Visit our web site for additional info www.helpisontheway.org or call 415/ 273 -1620Underwriter ticket prices for Help is on the Way for the Holidays are tiered from $125 to $5,000.The 2017 Cast for HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 16 gala will feature:Cast members from the hit Broadway Show Disney’s ALADDINKimberley Locke: American Idol, recording starJake Simpson: 2-time Star Search grand champion/recording starShawn Ryan: America’s Got Talent semi-finalistKim Nalley: Jazz star(Cast list as of 10-25-17 - Additional Cast to be announced.)
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PERFORMANCE ONLY TICKETS are $60 (GENERAL RESERVED SEATING).UNDERWRITER LEVEL TICKETS: Includes post-performance dessert party with the cast at CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102- featuring complimentary wine, cocktails and desserts (9:45 - 11:45 pm). A portion of Underwriter level tickets help underwrite the costs of the production. Help is on the Way for the Holidays 16 Underwriter Ticket prices are tiered from $125 and up. Underwriters will also be invited to a special reception in early 2017 to distribute the checks to the beneficiaries of this event. To order Underwriter level tickets, visit www.helpisontheway.org or call 415 / 273 -1620Since it’s inception in 1995, The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has raised well over $3 million for AIDS service agencies in the Bay Area and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as well as hunger programs and programs that serve and support homeless youth. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales have always gone directly to the beneficiary partnersHELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 16 is produced by The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, founded in 1995 by Barbara Richmond & Peggy Ermet in memory of their sons, John Richmond & Doug Ermet, who both lost their lives to AIDS. In 1995 They decided not to get mad but get even when they launched a musical AIDS benefit to honor their sons and raise funds for AIDS service organizations.To arrange an interview with any of the performers, or with Executive DirectorKen Henderson, call publicist Lawrence Helman at 415/ 661-1260.CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:WHAT: THE RICHMOND / ERMET AID FOUNDATION PRESENTS…HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 16A 16th Anniversary Gala Holiday CelebrationStar-studded AIDS Benefit Holiday Concert & GalaBenefiting: Project Open Hand and Larkin Street Youth ServicesFeaturing:Cast members from the hit Broadway Show Disney’s ALADDINKimberley Locke: American Idol, recording starJake Simpson: 2-time Star Search grand champion/recording starShawn Ryan: America’s Got Talent semi-finalistKim Nalley: Jazz star(Cast list as of 10-25-17 - Additional Cast to be announced.)WHEN: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 -WHERE: THE MARINES’ MEMORIAL THEATRE – 609 Sutter St. in SF 94102
TIME: 6:30 pm Silent Auction7:30 pm Performance9:45 - 11:45 pm Post-performance dessert party with the cast atCLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102Featuring complimentary wine, cocktails and desserts. (Gala & Underwriter tix only.)TICKET: $ 60 GENERAL RESERVED SEATING - (Show Only)PRICES: $125 & up UNDERWRITER Level - (Preferred seating / Show & Post Party)TICKETS: www.helpisontheway.org / 415/ 273- 1620
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
From Grammy® winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell comes BRIGHT STAR, the new musical that "brings a fresh breeze to the theater" (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times).
Directed by Tony® winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this “downright wonderful” (Newsday) original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. The story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the entire show is framed around Carmen Cusack's Alice Murphy, who is "nuanced and forceful, effortlessly eloquent both as the younger Alice and as her older, sterner iteration."(The Guardian) Literary editor Alice develops a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II, awakening her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.
"Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are huge talents and Carmen Cusack is a revelation." -Chicago Tribune
"A quintessentially American musical, with a style of music utterly its own, BRIGHT STAR captures the indefinable, often complicated love shared between a parent and child. At its core, it’s a heart-rending tribute to all the shared moments of wonder, mystery, sadness, and above all, joy that make a family what it is." -Carole Shorenstein Hays
Though perhaps not your typical “holiday fare,” BRIGHT STAR is thematically aligned with the spirit of the season. Loosely based on an actual event, BRIGHT STAR explores the strength of family - celebrating the traditional and non-traditional families and, in particular, the unique power of parent/child relationships. BRIGHT STAR elevates the importance of storytelling as an integral part of the human experience, begging us to consider: why do we tell stories and what are the kinds of stories we tell?