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and VIP tickets (including premier seating and the after performance dinner with the cast at Acqua Bistro @ The River) are available through JFS at 760-325-4088, extension 118.

ABOUT JFS OF THE DESERT For over 35 years, JFS of the Desert has provided services throughout the Coachella Valley to those in need, regardless of religion, age, income, ethnicity or life style. JFS services and programs are made possible through the financial support of Jewish Federation of the Desert, Desert Healthcare District, the Weingart Foundation, the Auen Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and other grants and the generous support of donors. Most of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children served are from low-income households. They rely on JFS for low cost mental health counseling, crisis intervention and food support. JFS provides isolated, homebound seniors with care, transportation and enrichment activities. JFS also offers counseling in local elementary schools. JFS is located in Palm Springs. For information visit www.jfsdesert.org or call 760-325-4088. IF YOU GO Michael Childers’ One Night Only: “Rogers, Hammerstein & Hart,” a show benefiting Jewish Family Service of the Desert 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive , Palm Desert Tickets: $75-$175 at (760) 340-2787 or McCallumTheatre.com

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A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID BURNHAM By Chris Astrala David Burnham was last on Broadway in the mega-hit musical, Wicked, playing Fiyero, a role he originated in the show’s developmental workshops. He is an original Broadway cast member of The Light In The Piazza, performing on the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast Live From Lincoln Center. David received the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor and the Garland Award for his national tour portrayal of Fabrizio of Piazza. David first gained critical acclaim when he replaced Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of Joseph...Dreamcoat (Drama-Logue Award) and he played Peter in the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Last year he starred in Showstoppers at the Wynn in Las Vegas. He was the voice of the Prince in the animated feature The King And I, and is on the soundtracks to Ghepetto, Home On The Range and Comedy Central’s South Park. We recently had a chance to speak with David and learn a little bit about the man behind the voice. When did you realize you wanted to be a singer? I was a Junior in High School and I was registering late for my classes. I wanted to get into Wood Shop, but it was full, and the only class available was Choir, so I reluctantly went into Choir. The first day, I opened my mouth I learned I could sing. The Choir Director Mr. Friberg, was so happy to hear a guy in choir who could really sing and so he took me under his wing, and encouraged me to try

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