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PALM SPRINGS LEGENDS A Celebration of the Desert’s Greatest Composers, Lyricists and Performers



Music is the universal language

Sometimes the most meaningful communication happens without dialogue. Great art tells us that we are not alone with our emotions. JFS and Michael Childers, thank you for inspiring us with the shared experience of music. Š 2011 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. 122943 03/11




PALM SPRINGS LEGENDS A Celebration of the Desert’s Greatest Composers, Lyricists and Performers M CCALLUM THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS


This book is dedicated to the incomparable BETTY GARRETT, a One Night Only cast member. Her talents and grace will be deeply missed

MAY 23, 1919 - FEBRUARY 12, 2011

April 28, 2011

801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 202 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 325-4088 •

Almost four years ago, Michael Childers came to the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) with a wonderful offer—to produce One Night Only as a benefit for JFS. Tonight, Michael and JFS have partnered to bring you our fourth sold out production of one of the desert’s most popular events. One Night Only has brought dozens of the most talented performers from Broadway and Hollywood to delight thousands here in the desert. More importantly, by supporting One Night Only, you are enabling “at risk” school children to receive counseling to succeed in school and homebound seniors to maintain their independence through supportive services. Your support tonight means that individuals and families have access to low cost mental health counseling, teens can receive substance abuse counseling, and seniors don’t have to wait in 100 degree heat for a bus ride to the doctor. This night would not have been possible without the efforts of some very special people: Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, Barbara Keller, Harold Matzner, Barbara Fromm, and Sherry Schor. Their vision, determination and leadership have been critical to the event’s remarkable success. Thank you to all the performers who have so unselfishly volunteered their time and their talents to make this a truly unforgettable event. Last, but certainly not least, to all the individuals who worked or volunteered behind the scenes, we offer our deepest appreciation and sincere gratitude. Warmest regards,


President Board of Directors


Executive Director

Jewish Family Service is a member agency of the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies.


Michael Childers is one of the Valley’s most successful producers of charitable fundraisers. This is the sixth production of One Night Only at the McCallum Theatre, an event he conceived and produced first in 2002, hosted by Lily Tomlin. In 2006, Michael co-produced an evening with k.d.lang for the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater and produced the Museum’s annual gala, which raised $550,000. In 2002, he co-produced the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He has raised nearly $13 million dollars for AIDS charities, museums, performing arts, and social services in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Palm Springs. Michael created the mixed media work for the hit off-Broadway musical Oh! Calcutta! He was a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines. Other Magazine covers include GQ, New York, TV Guide, Esquire, Los Angeles, Elle, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, and Vogue. Michael’s photographic work is showcased in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Chiat Day Collection, the Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts in New York, Laguna Art Museum, Las Vegas Art Museum, the Marion Fine Arts Museum in Santa Fe, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hollywood Photography at the Temecula Film Festival and the Provincetown Film Festival. Michael’s star for his humanitarian work is located in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum. His exhibit entitled Author, Author will open at the Rancho Mirage Library on April 13th and run until June, and features over 40 intimate and original portraits of writers, screenwriters and playwrights taken from the 1960s through today. This exhibit is sponsored by Union Bank and will travel throughout California. On May 7th, Michael will receive the Herb Lazenby Community Service Award at AIDS Assistance Program’s Evening Under The Stars.


Philanthropist. Arts patron. Cancer survivor. Annette Bloch is all of those. But family remains her life’s most important work. There now are four generations that include seven great-grandchildren – a clan of 28 and counting. Born Annette Modell in Philadelphia, Annette moved to Kansas City, Missouri, when she married Richard A. Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block Inc. They raised their daughters in Kansas City. She has been active in cancer issues since Dick’s lung cancer diagnosis in 1978. Two years later, after his cure, they created the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation and spent the next 24 years working tirelessly on behalf of cancer patients worldwide. When Dick died in 2004 of heart failure, they had been married for 58 years. Since then, Annette has presided over the foundation, whose national hotline (800-4330464) and website ( provide hope and information on what to do after being diagnosed. The foundation also has helped create 24 cancer survivor parks in the United States and Canada. A breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 made Annette’s cancer work even more personal. After her gifts to the breast imaging, blood and marrow transplant and radiation oncology programs at the University of Kansas Hospital, where she was treated, the hospital named the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion and the Richard and Annette Bloch Radiation Oncology Pavilion. An earlier gift had established the hospital’s Richard and Annette Bloch Heart Rhythm Center. Rancho Mirage has been Annette’s second home since 1990, and she spends her winters there. She is on the board of trustees and is a major supporter of the Palm Springs Art Museum. She also is a staunch supporter of Desert AIDS Project, Jewish Family Service of the Desert, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.


Helene Galen was born Helene Caro, in England, and she moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1958. She met her husband, Lou Galen and they were married in 1975. They had 32 happy years of marriage until he passed away in 2007. Helene had an interesting career in California, working as an Executive at Frederick’s of Hollywood, where she worked both in their advertising department and retail chain. Taking her retail experience with her, she later became vice-president and comptroller for Continental Distributors, a retail jewelry chain. Helene served on the Board of Trans World Bank in Sherman Oaks, a bank founded by her husband. They bought their Tamarisk home in 1980 from Zeppo Marx, which has been a family residence for the past 30 years. Helene has also been a member of several other Boards of Trustees including Eisenhower Hospital and is currently on their Board of Governors. While serving on the Executive Committee of the board of Tamarisk Country Club, she wrote the unique history of the early days in Palm Springs. Helene serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California, and serves on the Board of Overseers for the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Hospital. She is a member of the Councilors of the Fine Arts School where she and her husband established the Helene & Louis Galen Ceramic Studio, and the Helene Galen Intermedia Lab. The Galen’s were the major contributors to enable the building of USC’s Galen Center, a Basketball Arena that opened in 2006. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Palm Springs Art Museum, the McCallum Theater, the International Film Festival and is now taking the helm of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center Board, as its president. Helene participated in its founding 25 years ago. Helene Galen has two daughters and three grandchildren.


In what seems like another life, Barbara Keller wrote and directed plays at the renowned North Shore Community Arts Center in Great Neck, NY, where she also served as trustee. She taught playwriting and drama at night while spending her days running a labor union for film industry script supervisors in Manhattan. Her first book, Film, Tape and TV: Where Do I Fit In? was stockpiled by university film professors. Other published writings include Orgasmic Days in the South of France, a personal guide to the Cote d’Azur, where Barbara and husband, Jerry, had a home for 18 years. Barbara began a long term relationship with the Palm Springs Art Museum as a docent and eventually became a Trustee, chair of the Councils Committee, and serves on the Education Committee and the Executive Committee. She is past president of the Museum Associates Council and has acted as chair for key Museum fundraising events. She is also a trustee of the Desert AIDS Project, for which she has co-chaired three Steve Chase Awards galas. Barbara has also served on the Board of Trustees of the McCallum Theatre. Barbara is pleased to be a member of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family Services of the Desert, which provides social service needs to people of all ages, incomes, and lifestyles. She feels privileged to share honorary co-chair status with Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, and Harold Matzner at Michael Childers’ extraordinary event benefiting Jewish Family Service, One Night Only. Barbara is enormously grateful to Barbara Fromm and Sherry Schor, event chairs, for unselfishly donating their time and resources to this evening and to the invaluable, innumerable skills of event director Ken Katz. And Barbara is so appreciative of Michael Childers for his resolve to accept nothing less than excellence and triumph. What a team! What a One Night Only!


Entrepreneur, humanitarian, and philanthropist, Harold Matzner, has made his home in the desert for nearly 30 years. The owner of Palm Spring’s popular Spencer’s Restaurant and CEO of a NY/NJ based branding, advertising and marketing company, Mr. Matzner is credited with revitalizing the Palm Springs International Film Festival and founding the successful business concept of targeted “shared mail”. He also rescued and revived the world-famous Palm Springs Tennis Club and turned its lunchroom into Spencer’s, one of the City’s hottest see-and-be-seen restaurants. Spencer’s is named after his beloved 110-pound Siberian Husky. Mr. Matzner is Chairman of the Board of the McCallum Theatre and is First Vice Chairman of the Palm Springs Art Museum, and has returned as Chairman of the Film Festival succeeding the late Earl Greenburg. He has received many awards from the charities that he supports. Most recently he was honored as “Angel of the Year” by Angel View Children’s Foundation and was also Desert Samaritan’s “Samaritan of the Year”. Mr. Matzner has been a benefactor to many other non-profits, both here and on the East coast. Among those local charities benefiting from his philanthropic efforts are the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Shelter from the Storm, AIDS Assistance Program, Desert Cancer Society, ACT for MS, Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert AIDS Project, Stroke Recovery Center, Temple Isaiah, Mizell Senior Center, Well in the Desert, FIND Food and Pegasus. Mr. Matzner’s star is located at the foot of his friend Sonny Bono’s statue in the heart of Palm Springs.




CR EDITS Producer

Michael Childers Director

Calvin Remsberg Musical Director

Ron Abel

Musical Staging

Michael Palastrono Event Director



Ben Caron

Assistant to Mr. Remsberg

Adam Alison

Music Coordinator

Wayne Abravanel

Graphic Design


Jeff Taylor

Mari Abril



Cristine Colòn

Trish Stuckey Event Manager

Special Effects

Elaine Goodman

Artistry In Motion

Public Relations

Set Design

Kimberly Nichols

Joey Lizotte & Artisan Events


Media Projections

Sherri Breyer

ICON Presentations, Inc.

Administrative Manager


Diane Coronite

Jose Serrano

Volunteer Manager

Hair & Make Up courtesy of J. Russell Salon

Linda Zweig

Jaime Lynn Anderson Scot Beaty Vince Cappa Joy Fields Lynnette Poole Heidy Rodriquez James Rodriguez Chip Tuvman

Transportation Director

Mark Richard Transportation Manager


Doug Donenfeld Burt Fogelman Tom Truhe


Bernie Fromm

Douglas Morton

Ian Branyon

Jim Gazan

Alana Nockenson

Bobbi Cain

Dan Gerischer

Michael Shorr

Sid Craig

Christopher Greene

Beverly Shorr

Don Crouse

Kerry Hendrix

Bill Sweeney

Doug Donenfeld

Bert Jakobs

Tom Truhe

Amy Fahri

Kay Kleinman

Doris Wahl

Linda Fine

Laurie Lerner

Nita Wiesenthal

Burt Fogelman

Ken Lyon

Dominique Wulfekuhle

*We regret any omissions of volunteers due to press timeline but greatly appreciate every volunteer's contribution.


Calvin Remsberg is an acclaimed director, actor, singer and vocal coach. He has directed many works for the stage, including The Adding Machine, The Way Of The World, Invitation To A March, A Clearing In The Woods, The Medium (with Glenn Close), The Crucible, A Member Of The Wedding, and the musicals Gypsy, Brigadoon, Once Upon A Mattress, and The Mikado. He directed the acclaimed 20th Anniversary production of Sweeney Todd at the Ahmanson Theater, starring Kelsey Grammer, Christine Baranski, and Neil Patrick Harris. He directed Educating Rita, Chapter Two, and Dracula (Hermosa Beach Playhouse), Triumph Of Love (Falcon Theater), and The Sound Of Music (Cabrillo Music Theater). Recently, he has directed the Los Angeles premieres of The Last Five Years, Parade, Street Scene, Drood, Aspects Of Love, and The Most Happy Fella. In 2009, he made his Lincoln Center debut directing Night And Day: The Words And Music Of Cole Porter starring Victoria Clark and David Hyde Pierce. He directed and co-produced the critically lauded American premiere of F*cking Men (Celebration Theatre). In a particularly busy last year, Calvin directed Sweeney Todd for Musical Theater West, Hello Dolly! for 3-D Theatricals, Into The Woods for Lucid by Proxy, and co-produced and directed the Los Angeles premier of Glory Days. As a performer his stage credits include The Phantom Of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Man of La Mancha, Oliver, and The Pirates Of Penzance, among others. His television credits include The Young And The Restless, Nurses, Sunday Dinner, Unhappily Ever After, General Hospital, Tracey Takes On..., Cheers, Frasier, and The X-Files, among others. Film credits include A River Made To Drown In, Pretty Woman, and Twilight Of The Golds, and the Oscar winning Shrek. In addition to all of this he maintains an active studio in private voice in Van Nuys, California, having Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winners among his students, including American Idol finalist Adam Lambert.


Ron Abel is the multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director whose client list ranges from multi-million selling pop diva Taylor Dayne to opera diva and Kennedy Center Honoree, Jessye Norman. Ron was personally honored recently and named among the Great American Composers celebrated at the July 4th Rose Bowl Spectacular in Pasadena, California, where his multi-recorded song Until Now was the featured concert selection. Ron is currently composing the scores for two new Broadway-bound stage musicals with his long-time writing partner, the celebrated lyricist, Chuck Steffan. The first, Hazel, the story of America’s most beloved maid, who first appeared in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post magazines and went on to become the Emmy® Award winning television comedy series, starring Shirley Booth. The book for this musical is being written by the Kleeban Awardwinning writer, Lissa Levin. The other new musical by Abel and Steffan planned for a reading this fall in New York and starring Tony® nominee Valarie Pettiford is Proudly Presenting Laurette Bishop with a book by noted author, Susan Fales-Hill. The scope of Ron’s music mastery includes film, television, Broadway, and recording, as well as live concerts and special events, such as One Night Only. His film and television work includes Musical Direction and Original Music for the Emmy® Award winning I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special (CBS), as well as composing, arranging, conducting and/or orchestrating for Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Bassinger, Liza Minnelli, Marvin Hamlisch, and Bette Midler. Ron also served as music director, arranger and conductor for the gala opening ceremonies of the new 60,000 seat stadium, Ford Field, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and starring Gladys Knight.

Michael Paternostro Musical Staging

Michael Paternostro’s theater credits include Guys & Dolls (Broadway), Beauty & the Beast (Los Angeles), Saturday Night Fever, Fosse, the Sweet Smell of Success, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line (2006 revival), West Side Story, the Producers, Annie, Showboat (the Hollywood Bowl), Forbidden Broadway, On Your Toes, 42nd Street, Rent and Funny Girl (opposite Vicky Lewis at the Sacramento Music Circus). He has served as Musical Director for Kiss of the Spider Woman (Havok Theatre), Story of My Life, Thrill Me, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Cabrillo Music Theater), and for Roger Bean’s Life Could Be a Dream and his upcoming Summer of Love. Michael’s compositions can be heard in Scary Musical.

Gary Shaw ANNOUNCER Gary's strong vocal presence returns to the One Night Only stage for his 4th consecutive year in a row as our foremost Announcer. Gary has previously announced for the BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Desert Star Awards, as well as being a contributing radio editor/personality to KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles. Some of his theater credits include The Elephant Man, Man of La Mancha, Our Town, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and his most talked about performance as Jud Fry in Oklahoma! Gary continues to master his craft in acting, concentrating more on voice-overs these days, but continues to study singing working diligently to become better. His next ambition? Writing and performing a one man show.

Alec ma pa Master of Ceremonies

Alec Mapa is an award-winning actor, comedian, playwright, and journalist who’s career on Broadway, television, movies and cruise ships spans more than twenty years. Alec’s professional career started shortly after graduating from NYU when he starred in the Tony® Award winning Broadway show M. Butterfly. His television credits include, but are not limited to, Ugly Betty, Friends, Roseanne, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, Desperate Housewives, and Melrose Place. Alec was chosen to play network television’s first gay Asian series regular character on the CBS sitcom Some Of My Best Friends. Broadway credits include Timon of Athens and A Little Hotel On the Side. Alec has long been a worker for causes benefiting AIDS and the gay, lesbian and AsianAmerican communities, which include the Human Rights Campaign, The Matthew Shepard Foundation and Project Angel Food among others. Alec was recently honored with the East West Visionary Award, the Rand Schraeder Distinguished Achievement Award from the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles and the Davidson/Valentini Award from GLADD.

william atherton William Atherton first achieved international recognition as the lead in Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express. Next, he starred in John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust, The Hindenburg and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. He is known for the iconic characters Dick Thornburg in Die Hard 1 and 2; EPA official Walter Peck in Ghostbusters; Professor Hathaway in Real Genius, and mad scientist Dr. Faulkner in Bio-Dome, as well as signature roles in more than 30 feature films. Television credits include the mini-series Centennial and Broken Trust, and as Darryl F. Zanuck in HBO’s Golden Globe® winner Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Recently, he played a recurring series lead on Life and Principal Reynolds in Lost. On stage, he originated the title character in Joe Papp’s production of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel as well as the role of Ronnie in The House of Blue Leaves. He starred in the Broadway premiere of The American Clock and the Tony®-winning revival of The Canine Mutiny Court Martial. He has received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award, the Theatre World Award and nominations for an Obie and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award. Upcoming films include The Kane Files and Jinn.

J ames Bar b o u r

K at e B u rto n

James starred on Broadway in A Tale Of Two Cities (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations for Best Actor), Carousel, Jane Eyre (Drama League Award Nomination), Beauty And The Beast, Urinetown, Assassins, and Cyrano The Musical. He toured with The Secret Garden and starred in Camelot. He co-starred in Lewis And Clark Reach The Euphrates, 20th Century, and has appeared in many other regional and OffBroadway productions including A Tale Of Two Cities at the Asolo Theatre (Sarasota Magazine Award for Best Actor), Back From Broadway (which he co-produced and for which he received an LA Weekly Garland Award) and he was nominated for an LA Ovation Award for The Ghost And Mrs. Muir in Los Angeles.

Kate Burton has appeared in many Broadway plays. She was nominated for Tony® awards for Hedda Gabler directed by Nicholas Martin, The Elephant Man and The Constant Wife.  She recently played Katharine Cornell in The Grand Manner by AR Gurney at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. On television, she has appeared in Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Rescue Me, Empire Falls, The Good Wife and was Emmy® nominated for her performance as Ellis Grey in Grey’s Anatomy.  

His television and film credits include: Alchemy, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Ed, Sex In The City, Just Shoot Me, The District, That's Life, The Game, Some Enchanted Evening, The American Experience, and John And Abigail Adams. He can be heard on the recordings of Jane Eyre, Assassins, Broadway In Concert, The Gift, Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, A Gift Of Christmas and the upcoming new release, Bring Me Giants. For more information, visit www.

On film, she has been seen in Big Trouble in Little China, Ice Storm, Celebrity, Unfaithful, Swimfan, Stay, Sherry Baby, Max Payne, Remember Me and 127 Hours. She recently directed an evening of Shakespeare and Tchaikovsky at the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with Matthew Rhys, Malcolm McDowell, Orlando Bloom and Anika Noni Rose. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director of the Center Theater Group) and her daughter, Charlotte.

ann ham p to n callaway As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Ann is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on five of Barbara Streisand's recent CD's. She performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry at London's Donmar Warehouse, and has performed twice in Berlin's famed Philharmonic Hall by special invitation. On February 3rd, Ann released her most powerful recording to date called At Last on Telarc Records. Her recent CD's Signature, Slow, and Blues in the Night have received high critical acclaim. Film credits include The Good Shepherd and Last Holiday. Ann devotes much of her time to philanthropic causes, both as a singer performing in numerous benefits, and as a songwriter composing songs in times of need.

c a ro l e co o k Carole created the role of Maggie Jones in the New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo companies of the Tony® Award-winning 42nd Street, and was the original Blanche Daly in the Broadway hit Romantic Comedy. Carole was the world’s second “Dolly”, playing the role for two years in Australia and New Zealand. She is the only actress to play the title role in major productions of Auntie Mame and the musical Mame. She co-starred in the Los Angeles, National Companies, and Australian production of Father’s Day (Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle nomination for Best Actress). Best Actress Awards include: The Supporting Cast, Patio/Porch and The Lion In Winter. She has received eight Best Actress Drama-Logue & Robby Awards in Los Angeles and the Helen Hayes Theatre Award for Steel Magnolias. Film credits include The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Palm Springs Weekend, American Gigolo, Sixteen Candles, and Summer Lovers. Carole has guest starred on many television series, and toured extensively in her highly acclaimed one woman show, Dress Up. She starred in Follies in Los Angeles and 70 Girls 70 at New York City Center. In 2002, she and her husband Tom Troupe were the first husband and wife to receive the Theatre Ovation Award for Career Achievement.

gr egg ede l m a n Gregg Edelman has been seen on stage, television, and in film for 25 years. His stage credits range from the Broadway stages of New York City to the concert halls of Europe. Over the years, Gregg has been in 15 Broadway shows, garnering him many accolades including four Tony Award® nominations.  His New York stage appearances have included Black Tie, City of Angels, Into The Woods, 1776, Passion, A Tale of Two Cities, Cabaret, She Loves Me, Wonderful Town, and Falsettos.  His concert career has allowed him to sing all over the world, performing with orchestras ranging from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden to the Boston, New York, and Chicago Pops. He has shared the concert stage with artists ranging from jazz great Cy Coleman and opera star Dawn Upshaw to New York Post columnist Michael Riedel.  His film credits include Little Children, Spiderman 2, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Green Card, and his television work includes a regular on Hack as well as many guest star appearances on NY-based television series. He is proudest though of his family: wife Carolee Carmello and their two children, Zoe and Ethan.

luca ellis Luca built his foundation as a crooner in the lounges of Las Vegas and the mansions of Hollywood’s elite. Mr. Ellis has worked with master pianist Llew Matthews (Nancy Wilson), monster pianist Michael Thompson (The Eagles), and guitarist Jim Fox (Frank Sinatra Jr.). Luca was the featured vocalist in Las Vegas with the Gene White Orchestra as well as the Geo Valle Swing City Big Band in Los Angeles. He later played Frank Sinatra in Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show at the Sahara under the Musical Direction of Joey Singer (Debbie Reynolds). His recording credits include “You Can’t Help Who You Love” for songwriter Diane Warren. Luca also performed the role of Frank Sinatra in the hit musical Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara: A Vegas Holiday! Steven Stanley of Stage Scene LA hails “… Luca Ellis is a vocal dead-ringer for Frank Sinatra.” He co-wrote and stars in Hoboken to Hollywood, which was nominated for three LA Weekly Awards, including Musical of the Year.

malcolm g e t s

jason gr aae

The multi-talented Malcolm Gets is a singer, dancer, conductor, composer, classically trained pianist, vocal director, choreographer and actor. Malcolm began to practice the piano at age 8 and began singing at age 14. His aspiration was to be a classical pianist. On Broadway, Malcolm has appeared in The Moliere Comedies, Dreamgirls, Amour, Passion and The Story of My Life. He was nominated for a TonyÂŽ award for his work in Amour. Additional theater credits include Amadeus, Cloud Nine, Little Shop of Horrors and As Is. He received an Obie Award for his work in Merrily We Roll Along and for The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Jason Graae has appeared on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy! and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Off-Broadway shows include Hello Muddah ,Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination), Forever Plaid, Olympus On My Mind, All in the Timing, Ragtime, Forbidden Hollywood and Forbidden Broadway (Ovation Award). He made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s Everlast. His one man show toured the U.S., winning the N.Y. Nightlife Award and four Bistros. He won the 2008 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. In L.A., Jason appeared in Ragtime, Forbidden Broadway (Ovation Award) and Gigi. At the Hollywood Bowl, he was featured in The Music Man and Guys and Dolls.

He co-starred for four years on the hit television series Caroline in the City. Additional film and television credits include Grey Gardens, Sex and the City, Adam and Steve, Love in the Time of Money, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, As the World Turns, Law and Order, and South Beach.

Television credits include Six Feet Under, Rude Awakening, Friends, Frasier, Caroline in the City, Words and Music by Jerry Herman and many more. Film credits include The Awakening of Spring, Home on the Range, and Geppetto, among others. For five years, Jason was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun for Lucky Charms Cereal. Jason has performed on over 40 CDs. His third solo CD, Perfect Hermany-Jason Graae sings Jerry Herman, will be released soon.

danny gu rw i n

a l i x ko r e y

Danny Gurwin happily returns for his second year to One Night Only. Danny is a stage and screen actor and singer. His Broadway credits include Little Women, Urinetown, The Full Monty (also National Tour), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kismet, Encores!, and A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and the Kennedy Center. Off-Broadway, he has been seen in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Forbidden Broadway, A New Brain, The Thing About Men, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and many others.

Alix Korey’s Broadway credits include All Shook Up, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Chicago, Triumph of Love, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Cinderella, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Is There Life After High School?, Pirates of Penzance and the 1978 revival of Hello, Dolly. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), No Way to Treat a Lady (Outer Critics nomination), Listen to my Heart (Drama Desk nomination), and Suburb (Drama League Award). At City Opera’s Encores, she was featured in Wonderful Town and New Moon.

His Los Angeles theater credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, Street Scene, and Promises, Promises as well as symphony work across the country including, most recently, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall and the South Coast Symphony opposite Susan Egan. He has guest starred on Desperate Housewives, The Young & The Restless, and Law & Order and can be heard on numerous cast recordings. Danny’s solo concerts “Miracle of Miracles” and “Sail Me Away” are currently touring. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.

Alix’s film credits include Anything but Love, Dummy, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Anastasia, Pocahontas, and Elmo in Grouchland. On television, she has appeared in House, Law and Order, The Closer, State of Mind, Numb3rs, and many others. For 15 years, Alix was a master teacher at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently resides in Rancho Mirage with her husband, sound designer Randy Hansen, and their always entertaining bichon, Lizzibeth. She has recorded two award-winning solo CD’s: Songs You Might Have Missed and Gifts of Love. For more, please go to www.

Michele L e e

Millicent Martin

Michele Lee is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen Mackenzie in the landmark CBS series Knots Landing. She was discovered at the age of 17 by Broadway producer David Merrick, and achieved national recognition in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which she later repeated on screen. In 1970 she played opposite Dean Jones in the Disney classic The Love Bug. Michele has starred in and produced numerous films for television including CBS’s Emmy-nominated Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story. In 1996, Michele became the first woman to produce, direct, write, and star in a film for television with Color Me Perfect for the Lifetime Network. She was last seen in Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. As a musical performer Stephen Holden of The New York Times says it best, “Once she’s on the stage, it isn’t enough to seduce or enlighten; the only goal worth pursuing is total conquest.” Additionally, Michele won Tony nominations for her performances in the Broadway musical Seesaw and The Tale of The Allergist’s Wife. Michele has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Millicent Martin is celebrating her 62nd year in show business. Millie officially started in the South Pacific chorus with Sean Connery (yes!). She appeared in The Boyfriend with Julie Andrews on London & Broadway. Her stage credits include: Side By Side By Sondheim as its creator as well as star, 42nd Street, King of Hearts, Shirley Valentine, Follies, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, and Noises Off, among others. She has appeared in 5 Royal Command Performances. Her work with producer David Lee in Light Up the Sky led to her recurring role on Frasier as Daphne's dreadful mother. She most recently played the Queen for the Jonas Brothers and battled her BFF Betty White in Hot In Cleveland. She will soon be seen in a new Purina commercial playing the Queen of England with her corgi. Millicent’s addition television credits include, Days of Our Lives, Will & Grace, Murphy Brown, Mainly Millicent, That’s Life, The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, Halloweentown 4, From A Bird’s Eye View, Newhart, and Night of 100 Stars. Her film credit include Alfie, Stop the World, Nothing But the Best, Girl on a Boat, and Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. Visit www.Millicent-Martin. com.

Sally May e s Sally Mayes’ Broadway debut in Welcome To The Club won critical praise, and a Theatre World Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination as one of Broadway's outstanding newcomers. On Broadway, Sally is best known for her performance in She Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), and has appeared in Urban Cowboy (Drama Desk nomination) and Steel Magnolias. OffBroadway productions include Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Das Barbecue, and Pete N' Keely (Drama Desk nomination). She drew raves as Mae West in Dirty Blonde. The New York Times calls her "a singer of incandescent ebullience, deliciously saucy." People Magazine describes her as "the kind of rich theatrical voice that elevates a show tune." Film and television credits include City Hall, Bye Bye Birdie, Law And Order Criminal Intent, Sex And The City, and The Job. Sally appears on cast recordings, including Closer Than Ever, She Loves Me, Das Barbecue, Bye Bye Birdie, Unsung Sondheim, and Night Of The Hunter, among others. Sally has five solo albums, The Dorothy Fields Songbook And Our Private World, The Comden And Green Songbook, The Story Hour, Boys And Girls Like You And Me, and, Valentine.

Sean M c Der mott Sean McDermott was one of four Broadway singers picked by Barbra Streisand to replace "Il Divo" and sing along side her on her 2007 European tour. He has performed with some of the world’s most celebrated Symphony Orchestras, with such luminaries as Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Johnny Mathis and Robert Goulet. He is recognized as one of Broadway's leading performers and has starred in Miss Saigon, Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Falsettos, Starlight Express, Grease, Carousel, and Showboat. He starred Off Broadway in The Boys in the Band and won critical praise for portraying Tony in Westside Story for the Victoria State Opera in Australia. On television, Sean starred on the Guiding Light. He has appeared in Medium, Desperate Housewives, Charmed, Freddie, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Today Show. Sean has performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. He sang for the U.S. President at the Kennedy Center in three command performances for Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. His recordings include New York Nights, My Broadway, and Piece Of Sky and You’re Not Alone, all available on iTunes. For more information, visit www.

Sharon M c Night Sharon McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva and receiving a Tony® Award nomination. She received the coveted Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." The singer/comedienne’s regional credits include Amanda McBroom’s Heartbeats (Pasadena Playhouse), and an award winning Dolly in Hello, Dolly at the Peninsula CLO. Sharon was Sister Hubert in Nunsense in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award. Sharon began her career is San Francisco. She is currently on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. She was recently chosen as one of the 50 most influential people in cabaret for 2010 for which referred to her as "A tireless performer who will drop everything to perform in any benefit with a cause, McNight can sing anything and make it her own.” Her eclectic repertory ranges from blues to country to good oldfashioned entertainment. The Los Angeles Times call her "one of the great wonders of the musical stage". She is most noted for her movie reenactment of The Wizard of Oz and for being one of the few real women to impersonate Bette Davis.

Leslie Odom, Jr. Leslie Odom Jr. is best known for his recurring role as fingerprint specialist Joseph Kayle on CSI: Miami. Television credits include Grey's Anatomy, NCIS: LA, Vanished, Big Day, The Bill Engvall Show, Close To Home, Gilmore Girls, The Big House, and Threshold. On stage he is the youngest person ever cast in the Broadway smash hit Rent. Other theater credits include Jersey Boys at the La Jolla Playhouse, Once on this Island with Reprise Theater Company, and Being Alive at The Philadelphia Theater Company and Westport Country Playhouse. Odom, Jr. starred alongside Raul Esparza and Brooke Shields in Leap of Faith at the Ahmanson last Fall. He was noted as a standout for his work in new musical based on the Steve Martin movie of the same name with music by award winning composer Alan Menken. On screen Odom, Jr. will soon be seen in the new George Lucas film Red Tails alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrance Howard, Nate Parker, R&B singer Ne-yo, and Bryan Cranston to name a few.

Nick Pala n c e

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Nick Palance has been hailed by critics as “the American Andrea Bocelli” and has just recently released his new album Saving Grace. Working with Oscar® nominee and Grammy® award winning producer, arranger and composer, Jorge Calandrelli, Nick is in great company. Nick has been writing music since the age of nine and composed half of the songs himself. Nick is well known in Hollywood and throughout the country for his uplifting performances, having held private concerts for well known celebrated figures such as William Shatner, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joe Pesci, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and many more.

The multi-talented Freda Payne is best known for her singing career, yet she has also performed in musicals and acted in movies over the years, and briefly was the host of her own TV talk show. Freda’s musical career blossomed when she began singing radio commercial jingles, which brought the young vocalist to the attention of several music-biz heavyweights. In the 1960’s, she established herself as a fine jazz vocalist, touring the country with both Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby and issuing a jazz/ big band-based album in 1963, After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!. With her album Band of Gold, she scored her breakthrough hit single, the album’s title track, which peaked at number three in the U.S. and topped the chart in the U.K. in 1970. Other noteworthy albums in her illustrious discography are: Contact, Stares and Whispers, Reaching Out, Supernatural High, Payne and Pleasure, Out of Payne Comes Love, and Red Hot. Her film credits include Private Obsession, Springs, Ragdoll and Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, as well as the TV movie Fire and Ice. She hosted her

Recently, Nick performed concerts at the Versace Mansion and the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. He’s been the featured artist with the Jordan Springs Symphony Orchestra outside Washington, DC. Nick regularly headlines at performing art centers and entertains at places like Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He once starred on Broadway as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and is also scheduled to perform two more Concert Specials with the symphony in DC this summer.

S tefanie Pow e r s Stefanie Powers’ acting credits include 28 feature films, such as Experiment in Terror, The Interns, McClintock!, Die Die My Darling, Love Has Many Faces, Stagecoach, Herbie Rides Again and The Man Inside. Her television credits include three television series: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The Feather and Father Gang and, of course, Hart to Hart. TV mini-series include Washington: Behind Closed Doors, Deceptions, Mistral's Daughter, At Mother's Request, Burden of Proof and Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun, which she also produced. Her theater credits include Oliver, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady and the London production of Matador. She also starred in the revival of Applause, All About Eve and the The King and I in the U.K. In the U.S. Stefanie reunited with Robert Wagner in the play Love Letters and also starred in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues in New York. Stefanie has hosted PBS’s series Funding Your Dreams and Wine Express. She is also the subject of a Lifetime Intimate Portrait produced for Lifetime Television.

James Snyder James Snyder has been seen on stage and screen, from his Broadway debut as the title role in John Waters' Crybaby (Drama League Award nomination), to a recent stint in Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse), as well as television and film roles in Drop Dead Diva and CSI, and the upcoming indie film Meth Head. Other stage credits include Fanny and Broadway: Three Generations in New York; Los Angeles productions of Rock Of Ages, the Ovation award- nominated Oedipus the King, Mama and Happy Days; The Fantasticks (Sacramento Music Theater); and Hamlet, Let’s All Kill Constance, Sneaux, Plop and Oklahoma!. In addition, he played Luke Skywalker in the critically acclaimed production, Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. Film credits include An American in China, Anderson’s Cross, Shuttle, She’s The Man and Pretty Persuasion. Other television credits include Without A Trace, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, Married to the Kellys, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Related. His first solo album entitled L.A. Curse is available at He can also be heard on the studio cast recording of the musical Bare. He loves his family (especially his recently wedded wife Jacqueline).

DA N C E R S Seth Hampton has toured nationally with Peter Pan, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and A Chorus Line. Leading regional theater credits include 42nd Street, Singin' In the Rain, On The Town, Hello Dolly, and Oliver. His television and film credits include CSI, Every Little Step, Peter Pan, Pittsburgh, and Pretty Dead Girl. Seth is a professional Master Pilates Trainer in the Los Angeles area with a 20-year background in the fitness industry and currently writing a book about health and wellness lifestyles.

Jeffrey Scott Parsons has been seen regionally as Malcolm in The Full Monty, Bobby Child in Crazy for You, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, as well as in past productions of Rent, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Altar Boyz, West Side Story and Les Miserables, and the recent Cabrillo Holiday Spectacular starring Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy. He holds a BFA from Brigham Young University in Music Dance Theatre, and sends lots of love to his fam back home! Visit

Rachel Scott began her performing career as a classical dancer, dancing with Festival Ballet Theater, and then later moved into more contemporary dance forms, performing as a company member with BARE Dance Co, and Jazz Spectrum. She has performed at various local and regional theaters throughout Southern California while pu rsuing her other career as a dance instructor. Theater credits include The Odd Couple, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, CATS, The Producers, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, and the dance soloist in The Glory of Easter at the Crystal Cathedral.

SPECIAL THANKS Jewish Family Service of the Desert would like to thank some very special people who helped make this evening possible Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, Barbara Keller, Harold Matzner, Barbara Fromm & Sherry Schor for their dedication, wisdom and leadership All of the amazing performers who are donating their time and talents this evening To all of our generous sponsors, supporters, donors and advertisers David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergard for hosting a memorable cast party All of the many volunteers who worked tirelessly for the success of the event Ted Giatas, Mitch Gershenfeld, and their wonderful crew at the McCallum The staff at Acqua Pazza Tim Hanlon

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A special thank you to Gloria Greer, a constant One Night Only supporter, for all her brilliant research on this year's show featuring Palm Springs Legends--A Celebration of the Desert's Greatest Composers, Lyricists, & Performers.

I want to thank the Jewish Family Service of the Desert for all the wonderful work they do for those in need.

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Barbara and Jerry Keller applaud Jewish Family Service of the Desert for providing essential help to countless desert neighbors in need of vital assistance.

A standing ovation to Michael, Annette, Helene, Harold, Barbara, Sherry, Ken, Judy, Dan, Mari, the cast and crew of ONO and to every ticket holder here tonight!






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Congratulations to Jewish Family Service of the Desert and to Michael Childers and his One Night Only co-chairs and committee. Without their dedicated hard work and support this night could not have been possible.

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Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the ENTIRE TEAM....PAST AND PRESENT..... who work so diligently every year to create One Night Only, such a special event. Michael, we wish you a "Break A Leg" production. We always appreciate your creative efforts. May we all continue to support our beautiful McCallum Theater! As always, we are proud to be a part of this special community. Dorothy & Mel Lefkowitz

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A Letter from the Producer This year's exciting production of One Night Only will be the first time ever in the desert that the great legendary composers, lyricists, and performers of Palm Springs will be celebrated and honored onstage at the beautiful McCallum Theatre. These legends include, Lerner & Loewe, Jerry Herman, Michael Masser, David Zippel, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, Hoagie Carmichael, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope, and many more. This idea has been both an inspired dream of mine for a long time, and, fortuitously, an exhilarating brainwave of my brilliant director, Calvin Remsberg, as well.

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to thank my hardworking team of co-chairs: Barbara Keller, Helene Galen, Harold Matzner, Annette Bloch, Sherry Schor, and Barbara Fromm. To my friends at Jewish Family Service--I love and cherish your constant support of One Night Only. Yours,

A special thanks to our special volunteers for all their hard work and to my wonderful assistants Trish Stuckey & Jeff Taylor My eternal gratitude to Ken Katz, Kimberly Nichols, and Elaine Goodman for helping to produce this wonderful show for the past ten years.


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2011 One Night Only Program Book  

2011 One Night Only Program Book. Michael Childers came to the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) with a wonder...

2011 One Night Only Program Book  

2011 One Night Only Program Book. Michael Childers came to the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) with a wonder...