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San Francisco Chronicle

1 August 2004

Gay and Lesbian Guide

Help Is On the Way Gala

Event Info:
(415) 931-0317
Mon 8/2/2004

Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 567-6642
(Marina/Presidio Heights)

A black-tie benefit for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. Call for lineup and reservations.

Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") doing a number from "Annie Get Your Gun" and Tyne Daly ("Cagney & Lacey;" "Judging Amy") taking up "Rose's Turn" from "Gypsy" alone should be enough to have people flocking to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation's 10th annual all-star gala benefit, but there's much more than that in store.

One of the best musical theater events this side of New York, this year's glamorous evening, with the theme "Broadway and All That Jazz," has slated quite a few Andrew Lloyd Webber songs, including a medley featuring leading ladies Teri Bibb, Karen Culliver and Mary D'Arcy, and "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera" performed by Franc D'Ambrosio; "Just One Look" from "Sunset Boulevard" by Julie Budd; "I Don't Know How to Love Him" as sung by Nita Whitaker and "Gethsemane," by Sean McDermott both from "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Under the director David Galligan and musical director Ron Abel, regulars Lisa Viggiano, Meg Mackay, Paula West, Brian Boitano, Mary Jo Catlett, Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker, Bruce Vilanch and his boys, Lucie Arnaz and Carole Cook, in order of performance, return as each decked-out diva tries to outdo the last (fabulous in the spotlight, but apparently a nightmare backstage). Don't miss it. -- Kathleen Wilkinson




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