July 30 , 2006
Hill Masonic Center
It was over 30 years ago that Susan Anton first burst into public consciousness and, ever since she has been captivating theater, television, and film-going audiences with an ingratiating style and easy charm that is found among only a handful of performers. Her five and a half year tenure in Las Vegas as Special Guest Star with the Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular and its renowned Rockettes, preceded by a 2 year U.S. national tour of the same production, makes her not only one of the most popular and glamorous stars on the Las Vegas Strip, but a true veteran of the theatre. During time off from the Radio City show, Susan headlined her own one woman show to sold-out audiences for two months at the prestigious Desert Inn Hotel and brought back to Las Vegas a type of entertainment rarely found there today.
Far removed from the glamour and lights of Las Vegas, however, was Susan’s early life…a life that bore more than just a slight resemblance to television’s Walton’s. The daughter of a police detective and the eldest of five children, Susan was raised in the small town of Oak Glenn, California on an apple ranch. Susan attended high school in the neighboring valley of Yucaipa. And, it was there, that her life began to change dramatically. On a dare from her high school boyfriend, she entered the Miss Redlands beauty contest. Entranced with the charisma of such performers as Doris Day, Susan Hayward, and Ginger Rogers, Susan elected to sing the torch song, “Since I Fell for You.” The powerful performance, aside from her intellect and obvious beauty, left the judges with no decision other than to award her the Redlands title. Susan continued her success in pageants by winning the Miss California crown in 1969 and went on to become second runner-up to Miss America in 1970
Susan appeared in numerous television commercials as the Muriel Girl. Her co-stars in those spots often included other budding stars such as Treat Williams and Tom Selleck. The campaign, hugely popular with the American public, was the catalyst for many appearances on the Las Vegas Strip, the first in which she headlined a production called “Turn it On” with French heartthrob Jean-Paul Vignon at the Hacienda Hotel. From that point forward, she appeared frequently on “The Merv Griffin Show” and quickly became one of Merv’s favorite guests. Susan’s appearances on Merv placed her firmly in the national spotlight and served as a launching pad for her transition into theater, films and television.
Susan made her Broadway debut by replacing Candice Bergen in David Rabe’s Tony nominated play “Hurleyburly,” directed by Mike Nichols. The show not only featured Susan, but a cast of both established stars and newcomers, including Danny Aiello, Kevin Spacey, and Frank Langella. Preceding “Hurleyburly,” she starred in the U.S. national touring company of the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch musical “They’re Playing Our Song” and toured the U.S. with Elizabeth Ashley in “A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking”. She returned to Broadway in 1991 to co-star with Keith Carridine and the original Broadway cast of Tommy Tune’s Tony award winning musical “The Will Rogers Follies.”
Susan returned to the stage when she starred in Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco (June 2001), the Canon and Coronet Theatres in Los Angeles (August 2001) and the Cashman Center Theatre in Las Vegas (October 2002). She continues to perform in Las Vegas and around the country annually.
emerged on the big screen in the film “Goldengirl,” and went
on to appear in such other films as “Making Mr. Right” (with
John Malkovich), “Cannonball Run II” (with Shirley MacLaine
and Burt Reynolds) and “New Jersey Turnpikes” (with Kelsey
Grammer). And, as she has in every other medium, Susan has been a significant
star on the small screen. For three seasons, she was part of the cast
of the world’s most popular television series “Baywatch”
playing the role of Jackie Quinn. She starred in the international series
“Sail Away with Susan Anton”, as well as The Travel Channel’s
“Las Vegas!” produced by Susan and her husband, Jeff Lester.
She also hosted “Perfect Buns”, one of the most prominent
exercise infomercials on television.
Ms. Daly has won six Emmy Awards, has been nominated for fourteen and is one of the industry’s most acclaimed and respected actors. She received for Emmys as outstanding lead actress in a Drama Series for her role in “Cagney and Lacey” on CBS television, a fifth Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in “Christy,” also on CBS. Her sixth Emmy was for Best Supporting Actress in a Drams in 2003 for her role in “Judging Amy,” appearing opposite Amy Brenneman, a role she also earned a 2001 and 1003 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for, and five Emmy nominations before winning for an unprecedented sixth time.
Tyne’s other extensive television credits include starring roles in numerous movies including four Cagney and Lacey films, “The Perfect Mother,” “Kids Like These,” as well as “Intimate Strangers” for which she received an Emmy nomination, “The Entertainer,” “Larry” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” She has guest starred in many television series and starred in the CBS movie “The Wedding Dress.”
On Broadway, Ms. Daly has appeared in numerous productions including “Gypsy” for which she won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and “Mystery School” for which she received a nomination from the Outer Critics Circle for Best Solo Performance. She also won a DramaLogue Award for her performance in a Los Angels production of “Come Back, Little Sheba.” Her feature film credits include “John and Mary,” “Zoot Suit,” “The Enforcer,” “Telefon,” he Aviator,” “Movers and Shakers” and “The Simian Line.” This is Ms. Daly’s second appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP
Franc most recently starred in the touring production of Barry Manilow’s "Copacabana." Prior to that he starred in the San Francisco production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical "The Phantom of the Opera. He can be recognized as Al Pacino's opera singing son, Anthony Corleone, in "Godfather III."
Franc's recording credits include the soundtrack to "Godfather III," a CD released by Cabana Boy Records entitled "Christmas Center Stage" benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Taylor Family Foundation. Franc’s performance on this recording earned him a Grammy consideration for “Best Vocal Performance by an Artist” in the classical category. His theater credits include the 1989 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s "Sweeney Todd," the off-Broadway productions of "Kismet" and "She Loves Me," as well as "A Little Night Music" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Television appearances include: "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee," "The Joan Rivers Show," "MTV Spotlight," and "Entertainment Tonight." He can be seen in the BBC's "Kurt Weill in Amerika." Franc can be seen and heard singing in Brian Boitano’s "Holiday Skating Spectacular." The Olympic Gold Medal skater also commissioned Franc to sing a new rendition of “Shannendoh/They Call the Wind Mariah” for his 1998 season. Sports fans have heard Franc sing the National Anthem at the Oakland A’s games, the Giants’ season opener, and the San Francisco 49ers. He also sang at the inauguration for San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Franc’s vocal talents attracted the attention of Luciano Pavarotti, which led to a personal invitation by the world famous tenor to sing for, and work with him, in his home in Italy. This is Fanc’s seventh appearance in a "Help is on the Way" production. TOP
The "Original Pop Princess" Deborah exploded on to the pop music scene at the age of 16. An entertainment prodigy, Deborah became the youngest person ever to write, produce, and perform the number one single, "Foolish Beat”, a record she holds to this day in the Guinness Book of World Records. Among Deborah’s many impressive career achievements include her album Electric Youth which soared to #1 on the pop charts and her #1 hit single "Lost In Your Eyes". Over the past decade and a half, Deborah has had many album releases to both critical, and popular success some of these include 1990's Anything is Possible, 1993's Body Mind Soul, 1995's Think With Your Heart, 1997's Deborah, and 2001's "M.Y.O.B.”, and her most recent release, 2003’s Colored Lights a collection of songs from various musicals. Deborah has sold over 16 million albums world wide.
In 1992 Deborah set her sights on the theater. She immediately landed the role "Eponine" in the Broadway Production of Les Misérables to rave reviews. Upon completion of her run on Broadway she turned to London's West End, breaking Box Office records in the London Production of "Grease" as Sandy. She returned to the U.S. to the national touring companies of Grease and Funny Girl as "Rizzo", and "Fanny Brice" respectively. Deborah triumphantly returned to the Broadway stage as ”Belle", in Beauty and The Beast, followed by the role of “the Narrator" in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, then taking the leading role in the Broadway production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella".
Being incredibly versatile, in October 2002, Deborah again graced the stage as "Velma Kelly" in Chicago, the temptress of prison row showing the world a completely new side to Deborah. Her favorite and most ambitious role to date was "Sally Bowles" in the Tony Award Winning revival of Cabaret at Studio 54, “Deborah portrays Sally with Gritty Gusto, Verve, and Self Possessed Ease". (Billboard magazine). Certainly her most challenging, and vampish performance to date.
Most recently Deborah has been concentrating on television and composing. She was seen on Fox's “Skating With Celebrities” with Kurt Browning. She is also the composer and lyricist on two new musicals in pre-production for Broadway. "Skirts", written by Hillary Carlip and Katie Ford, and "The Flunky", written by Jimmy Van Patten. Deborah looks forward to seeing both productions on the Broadway stage in the near future. She is currently recording a new CD to be released soon.
Among Deborah’s many philanthropic activities, she founded the Pustizzi Alzheimer's foundation in honor of her late Grandfather Albert Pustizzi. Additionally, Deborah lends her tireless efforts to numerous children's charities including the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation, Pediatric AIDS. Deborah often performs benefit concerts to raise both money and awareness for these and various other charitable organizations. This is Deborah’s 1st appearance in a “Help is on the Way Production.” TOP
He is currently signed as an artist with Warner Brothers' independent label, About Records, and is due to release his first recording with them in early 2007. This is Tim's fourth appearance in a "Help on the Way" production. TOP
On stage, Mr. Jordan won the Ovation Award, The Garland Award and The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of “Preston Leroy,” the aging, sodden barfly in Del Shores hit play “Southern Baptist Sissies.” He will reprise that role in repertory with the role of “Brother Boy “ in “Sordid Lives” at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles in early 2006. His autobiographical one-man show “Like a Dog on Linoleum” ran for six months at the Elephant Asylum in Los Angeles, at the Bailiwick Theater in Chicago, and this spring will be returning to the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, and just completed a successful run in San Francisco.
Mr. Jordan has also enjoyed considerable success as a writer. His play “Hysterical Blindness and other Southern Tragedies that have Plagued My Life thus Far” ran to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and had a successful seven month run Off-Broadway at the Playhouse on Van Dam in New York. His screenplay “Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel” won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival’s Production Grant Award, winning the competition from over 600 other scripts. Subsequently, it was made into an independent film that is currently being distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment. This is Leslie’s fourth appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP
Of course, the promise has always been there, from his first taste of fame in the late eighties. The expressiveness, urgency, and technique he brought to singing on “Step by Step,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff” established him immediately as an exceptional singer and entertainer. But there was potential in these performances too. With each year it became clearer as his recordings and concerts broadened their emotional range. Learning the lessons that all great singers learn over time, and adding to that a new understanding of what love really means, made Love Songs an inevitable – and unforgettable – step forward. “In the past my albums and shows combined love songs with upbeat songs, dance tunes, and the like,” he explains. “But I always made sure to include a set onstage where I went to the piano alone and sang love songs. The funny thing was that more and more people told me that this was their favorite part of my show. And that was cool because it was often my favorite part too: I could concentrate on singing from my heart, on connecting with my audience and playing whatever I wanted.”
With support from his label, Jordan began thinking about building his first-ever theme album around the concept of love. From the start, it felt right: “Back when I began as a singer, a love song basically said, ‘me, me, me,’” he says, laughing. “It was adolescent, about looking for love rather than giving it. But, of course, I was young too, a teenager, so I that was how I heard those songs. Quite naturally, as you grow up and mature, you stop thinking that way. You don’t take things, like the lyrics of a song, for granted. And you start to see those songs in a refreshing new light.” Reflecting on lessons he’d learned, artistically and personally, and drawing inspiration from Luther Vandross and his other favorite ballad singers, Jordan conceived an approach to Love Songs unlike anything he’d ever attempted. It would be, in his words, “almost like a coffee table book, something that would add to the quality of your day. Maybe you’d listen to it as you’re driving somewhere on a Sunday afternoon or when you’re with people you care about at home. It’s an adult album. I’d never gone this route before, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it comes from the way I live my life today.” With that, he went to work, writing new material and thinking about tunes by other artists that fit this concept. Early in the process, he noticed that the covers he wanted to include in Love Songs seemed to come more from a rock background than the R&B he had favored on his previous releases. “I wasn’t thinking much about it at the time,” Jordan says. “I just went on what I felt without analyzing it. But looking back, I think I leaned toward things like George Michael’s ‘Careless Whispers,’ and Foreigner’s ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You, because they have simpler chords than the ones I usually use. That opens up the melody and leaves fewer restrictions on what I can sing, which was more important to me on this record than it had ever been before.” Working with producer Aaron Accetta, he laid down basic tracks in Florida, often playing the keyboard parts himself. The sound they created is a definite departure: a piano-based progression, over a strong rock backbeat and Clapton ballad feel on “I Wish,” a plucked-string figure that pushes Jordan and duo partner Deborah Gibson toward a passionate exchange on “Say Goodbye” … You get the picture. Love Songs combines Jordan’s proven, hit-making vocal skills with a willingness to take chances and reveal himself as an artist with a message that speaks to every listener, no matter how old or young, who has savored the full flavor of love.
Now, does this mean that Jordan is through with the dance moves, sizzling grooves, and showmanship that helped establish him as a prodigy superstar? Or with doing the unexpected turn in the public eye, as in his recent residency on VH1’s The Surreal Life? Not at all, he answers. “I definitely love working with rhythm. That visual of dancing to the beat is a very big part of who I am. “But Love Songs is different. This is strictly about the music and my voice. These songs speak directly from how I feel, from me to you. Right now, as a singer, nothing is more important to me than that.” This is JORDAN’s first appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP
In 1976, Lorenzo left college to study acting at Tony Barr's Workshop in Burbank. This led to various “bit” parts on television shows such as “Switch” and “Dear Detective.” His first big break came when Alan Carr cast him in the successful musical “Grease.” His next leading role was in the independent feature, “Take Down.”
Though Lorenzo is well remembered as the male lead on CBS's long-running hit show “Falcon Crest,” he re-established himself as an action star incorporating his martial arts land athletic abilities in many Canadian movies such as “Snakeeater,” “Swordsman” and “Final Impact.” In 1992, Stephen J. Cannell developed “Renegade” for Lorenzo, a series that lasted for five years. Since then, he has starred in two popular syndicated series, “Air America,” and more recently, “The Immortal.” Audiences may also have seen him as one of the judges on the reality television show “Are You Hot?” This is Lorenzo's first appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP
Michele has starred on Broadway, in feature and television films, recorded and performed in concerts and variety specials with legends of the entertainment industry. Although known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen in the landmark CBS series “knots Landing” (now the second-longest running prime time dramatic series in history).
Ms. Lee’s career began on the stage when discovered as a teen by David Merrick and brought to New York in the musical “Vintage ’60.” At age 19, Ms. Lee starred in “Bravo Giovanni” with Metropolitan Opera’s Cesare Siepe, which led to her breakout role as Rosemary in the original “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” with Robert Morse. In 1974, she appeared on the Broadway stage in Michael Bennett’s musical “Seesaw.” Her performance won her a Tony nomination, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Award for Best Actress. Ms. Lee has starred in and produced numerous films for television, including CBS’s Emmy-nominated “Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story,” “When No One Would Listen,” and “Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story.”
In 1996, Ms. Lee became the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a motion picture for television. Lifetime’s “Color Me Perfect” won the prestigious Christopher and the Gracie Allen Award presented by the American Women in Television and Radio. Other television films include “Dark Victory,” “Bud and Lou” and Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound.” Ms. Lee was named the NATO Star of Tomorrow for her debut in the movie version of “How to Succeed…”, starred with Dick Van Dyke in Carl Reiner’s cult classic “The Comic” and in the Disney favorite “The Love Bug.”
In 2002 Ms. Lee completed her long run in Charles Busch’s Broadway hit, “The Tale of the Allergist Wife” opposite Linda Lavin and Tony Roberts. For her performance as the mysterious and enigmatic Lee Green she earned rave reviews and a Tony nomination. She was last seen in Universal’s “Along Came Polly” opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. This past August she received a Hollywood Bowl standing ovation when she starred as “Mame" in the Jerry Herman musical of the same name.
In November Ms. Lee opened her rave reviewed autobiographical musical act, “Catch the Light” at Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City. Ms Lee was recently presented a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is Michel’s second appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production.TOP
March 2005 found her on tour for GSN (Game Show Network) hosting contests wherein winners received scholarship funds. GSN/Bank of America's "Get Schooled" toured shopping malls in large US cities through June '05. The cable net aired a documentary hosted by Locke in September '05. Kimberley recorded "A Dream Is a Wish" for the DisneyMania 3 album and appears in the accompanying TV/DVD special as well. Also for Disney, she duets with Peabo Bryson on "Wishes," for a Disney/Make-a-Wish CD (both in-stores).
Signed with Ford Modeling Agency, Kimberley is in her second year as spokes-model for the popular fashion retailer Lane Bryant and is currently seen in the national campaign. She is currently recording her follow-up album to "One Love," which debuted at #16 upon its release. Titled, "Based on a Ture Story" Locke co-write 9 new songs for the project teaming with collaborators who have helmed hits for Whitney Houston, Jesse McCartney, Destiny's Child, Anastasia, Backstreet Boys, Patti LaBelle, and more. The sophomore set includes the first single, "Supawoman," and will be released on Curb Records in summer '06 featuring writers/producers: Denise Rich, Matthew Gerrard, Danielle Brisbois, Mark Feist & Damon Sharpe, and Allan Rich & Jud Friedman. www.kimberleylockeweb.com. This is Kimbereley’s first appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production.TOP
For months, La Toya London captivated audiences across the United States and world when she delivered powerful, show-stopping performances—seemingly with ease—on the 2004 season of the hit reality show “American Idol”. Her talents even managed to ignite the razor sharp tongue of none-other than the program’s most infamous judge, Simon Cowell, to go so far as to hail La Toya as the odds-on favorite to win the 2004 competition. But as fate would have it, millions of American voters along with the show’s celebrity judges were dumfounded as La Toya was unceremoniously voted off the show at what seemed the crest of her success in the final weeks of competition.
proved not to be the end. Along with La Toya’s millions of loyal
TV viewing fans, a number of record labels had also fallen under the hypnotic
spell of this young Chanteuse’. Peak Records, in partnership with
Concord Records (the last record label of the late-great Ray Charles),
instantly signed La Toya to a recording contract. There she made a home
with fellow legendary label mates, Regina Belle and Miki Howard. Her debut
album Love & Life, are a collection of timeless, original R&B
and soul classics fused with songs, written by La Toya. The CD, which
will be in stores September 20, 2005, will no doubt establish her as a
London has spent the last several years perfecting her craft, performing live with her band both in the United States and overseas. Throughout her singing career, La Toya has shared the stage with such superstars as Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, Rachel Farrell, Goapele and the legendary Burt Bacharach. She is also featured on the top-selling “American Idol Season-3 Greatest Soul Hits” CD.
La Toya was given the opportunity to co-host “Access Hollywood” in 2004, and displayed her comedic side. In the height of the elections, she participated in the DeclareYourself.com PSA advertising campaign along with Andre 3000 and Christina Aguilera. It was directed by legendary photographer David LaChapelle. Also Oakland mayor, Jerry Brown, declared May 4th, La Toya London Day, and she officially received the key to the city of Oakland on June 15, 2004. During the summer of 2004, La Toya along with the rest of the top 10 contestants of American Idol, not only toured across the country, but also Canada, Hawaii, and Singapore.
La Toya has showcased her vocal talents at the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, 100 Black Men fundraising gala, NABFEME PRESENTS Women Who Jam, FOX-TV Good Day Atlanta, WGN-Chicago, Vibe Music Festival, California State Fair and the Clear Channel holiday party. London has also performed the national anthem for numerous NFL teams and the Atlanta Braves. She was also a featured performer at the 2005 Super Bowl NFL Commissioner pre-game party. She celebrated the late Ray Charles’s life during Concord Record’s Grammy party, by singing a tribute song for him.
La Toya has
immersed herself in career pursuits designed to mold her into a true triple-threat.
Most recently, she has added “actress” to her resume. She
played one of the lead roles as Chastity in the Latarras R. Whitfield
stage play Issues: We All Got ‘Em that toured nationally Spring
2006. La Toya was simply outstanding earning rave reviews from city to
city. After a stirring performance in New York, La Toya is currently being
considered for roles in the Broadway production of "The Wiz"
and "Rent". La Toya London is no longer an "American Idol."
She has her sites set on becoming a true American Icon. This is La Toya’s
third appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production.
Jon is a versatile actor, performer and interpreter who has made a niche for himself within the entertainment industry. Recent theater work includes West Coat premiers of “The Language of Flowers,” “Hot Mikado,” and “ The Actor’s Fund.” Additional theatre credits include “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” performed before the opening of Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, “Hoboland,” “She Had it Coming,” “The Gay 90’s…” and the West Coast premier of “F.L.O.W.” Jon is frequently referred to as The Sign Language Guy for his interpreted performances in productions such as “Self Defense,” “The Mysteries,” “The Exonorated,” “The Guys” “Spoon River Anthology,” “Master Class,” “Angels in America,” “Death and the Maiden,” “By Jeeves,” LosAngeles Master Chorale, Dream Foundation, S.T.A.G.E., and numerous other events. Film credits include “Baby Sitters Club,” “Carlton’s Death,” “Farce,” “Kiss Me Later,” and “June.” Television credits include “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Pretender,” “The Red Cross Christmas Special,” “Twice Tried,” “The Marilu Show,” The Mo Show,” and “Comedy Tonight.” He is also a past winner of the Great West Comedy Competition. This is Jon’s seventh appearance in a “Help is on the Way” performance.
Ms. Pettiford earned NAACP, Vancouver Readers Sun Award, and Roby Award honors for her portrayal of “Julie” in “Showboat”. She regularly graces venues from the Kennedy Center to the Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville and Yale Repertory. Ms. Pettiford also lends her talents to any number of charitable benefit performances. Now a Los Angeles resident, she was a marvel of versatility in her one-woman show, “Finding My Voice”, at Pepperdine University. She just won rave reviews as “Queenie” in the West Coast premiere of “Wild Party.” Ms. Pettiford can also be seen performing two one-woman shows this summer, June 9th and 10th at the Gardenia Theatre, and July 8th at the historic El Portal.
Ms. Pettiford’s latest endeavor is her stunning debut CD, “Hear My Soul,” filled with some of the finest compositions of all-time. It’s an overview not only of the distinguished alto’s career, but also her life. Valarie’s most telling asset is her verve for fresh opportunities. So much so, that one accustomed to seeing her excel in one medium would be positively floored to discover what she has also achieved (and is still achieving) in another. This is Valarie’s second appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP
Recently on Broadway she is starred as Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” the longest running show in Broadway history. Prior to that she made a splash in “Victor/Victoria” as standby to Julie Andrews and Liza Minelli. She performed the title role over 120 times to great acclaim and went on to recreate the role in the National Tour which began in Seattle and Houston. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include: James Joyce’s “The Dead,” “Les Miserable,” “Cyrano-The Musical,” “The Secret Garden,””Aspects of Love.” Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: “Listen to My Heart,” “Rags,” “Jack’s Holiday,’” Cather County,” “A Little Night Music,” “Showboat,’ and “Funny Girl.’ She has been affiliated with projects in development at Lincoln Center, Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, The McCarter Theater, and Playwrights Horizons.
She has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with Tenor Jose Carreras), The Kennedy Center, Town Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The National Theater in Iceland, Rainbow and Stars, The Russian Tea Room, Bay Street Theater, The Pump Room, The Cinegrill, The 92nd st. Y, and with The National Symphony, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, The National Symphony of Canada, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Cincinnati Pops, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indianapolis, Toronto, Milwaukee, Utah, Detroit, San Diego and St. Louis among many others. She was the featured soloist for the “Lord of The Rings Symphonic Suite” (singing in Elfin), In 1998 she was awarded the MAC award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) for Best Female Vocalist, and in 1993 was a Drama League Honoree for her work in” Cyrano.” If you watch morning television you most likely heard her singing the theme song for the “Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Her debut album, “At Sea,” was critically acclaimed nationwide and can be purchased at annerunolfsson.com. This is Anne’s second appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP
Most recently, Bruce was seen on VH1’s popular fitness and nutrition reality-series, “Celebrity Fit Club,” which finished its third season. Participating in a type of extreme-makeover-body-edition, the Celebrity Fit Clubbers went through 100 days of Fit Club training. Along the way, they learned about fitness, diets and nutrition.
Who knows what Bruce will look like for his next performance? In addition to “Hairspray,” he has appeared in such legendary epics as “Ice Pirates,” “Mahogany” and “The Morning After.” A frequent guest on talk shows, Bruce won his Emmys for co-writing back-to-back Oscar shows with Billy Crystal. He’s written 16 Oscar-casts so far, as well as a number of Tonys, Grammys, and even Emmys, although he never got an Emmy for writing an Emmy – that would be award-show incest of the lowest order. His bizarre career was documented in the film “Get Bruce!,” released by Miramax and perpetually available on Buena Vista Home Video.
Bruce’s one-man show, “Almost Famous,” tickled Off-Broadway audiences for three months and has made a number of appearances around the country. He is frequently mistaken for Brad Pitt. This is Bruce’s fourth appearance in a “Help is on the Way” production. . TOP
West has been thrilling national and international audiences with her
heartfelt renditions of well-known standards and unique interpretations
of dynamic jazz songs. With a particular dusky soulfulness, West has captured
the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known and
respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own
depth and drama to whichever song she chooses for the moment, creating
whole new frameworks of meaning for American favorites.
RON ABEL, Musical Director
Ron won both the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards for his score for "Twist of Fate." His other well-received stage musicals include "Is This Your Life?," "Rockwell: Life on a Palette" and "To Sir, With Love". Ron is the co-creator of the Off-Broadway musical "Blame it on the Movies." His musicalization of the Dumas classic "Camille" premiered in Los Angeles. Film and television credits include composing, arranging and/or orchestrating for Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Lily Tomlin, Bea Arthur and Carol Burnett. He wrote the television theme songs for "Animal Court" and "Nitecap." Ron was also the on-camera musical director for ABC's "Nitecap" as well as "Name That Tune." As an actor, he appeared on the hit series "Cheers" in a featured role. He scored and supervised film music for "Awakening Pictures." Ron music directed and arranged the long-awaited albums from Petula Clark and Helen Reddy. He helmed the debut album of actress Linda Purl as well as producing a first album for television favorite Stephanie Kramer (Hunter). He co-produced the album "George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration."
As arranger and conductor, Ron has appeared live on-stage with Bette Midler, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Jones, Lucie Arnaz, Sam Harris, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Jason Alexander, Joely Fisher, David Hyde Pierce and opera diva Julia Migenes. He has music directed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted the annual S.T.A.G.E. benefits in L. A. for the past fifteen years. This is his seventh musical direction of "Help is on the Way." TOP
DAVID GALLIGAN, Director
David Galligan most recently staged “Rod McKuen in Concert” at New York’s Carnegie Hall as well as the new musical play “The Last of The Honky Tonk Angels” at the Globe in Los Angeles. Other recent efforts include “The Richard Rodgers Centennial-Something Wonderful” for the Actors’ Fund of America as well as “Mame” starring Carol Lawrence, Ruth Williamson and Sally Struthers, “Show Boat” starring Dale Kristien and Sean McDermott and “Brigadoon” for Musical Theatre West. His direction of the musical revue “Blame it On the Movies” which he co-originated with Billy Barnes and Ron Abel, played Off-Broadway, and he repeated the staging for a Pasadena Playhouse main-stage production, capturing an Ovation nomination for his direction as well as winning a Drama-Logue Award. He garnered additional Drama-Logue wins for “Lettice and Lovage” (Pasadena Playhouse), “The Gay '90's Musical” (Celebration) and “Lullaby of Broadway” (Tiffany Theatre). For the past nineteen years he has directed and co-produced the annual S.T.A.G.E. fundraisers for AIDS charities, saluting the theatre music of noted composers and lyricists. He helmed the S.T.A.G.E. Too benefit for The Actors' Fund of America, “Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words and Music of Jerry Herman” which followed “Kurt Weill: The Centennial” in 2000. He has co-produced five of the events as CD albums: Jerome Kern: “Life Upon the Wicked S.T.A.G.E.” Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow;” “George & Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration;” “ABC Adler, Bock & Coleman” and “Stephen Sondheim: A Celebration.” He also co-produced the new Actor's fund “Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words and Music of Jerry Herman” CD as well as recordings of “Kurt Weill: The Centennial” and Dale Kristien's first solo recording, “Beauty of Broadway.” Galligan has staged and directed several special events for the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatres, and for the last five years he has returned to his native San Francisco to stage the “Help Is On the Way” AIDS benefits at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Among his other recent credits, the original musical “Vampire Virgins from Venus” and the writing and staging of Valarie Pettiford's new one woman show “Finding My Voice” He stage directed the Ford Motor Company’s special “Heroes for the Planet” starring Charlotte Church and Haley Joel Osment that aired on the A&E network. He also staged “IMPACT at Ford Field,” the opening extravaganza of the new Detroit Lion’s Stadium, starring Gladys Knight. He co-produced Pamela Meyers’ debut CD “The Chance to Sing” with Billy Barnes, Stephen Flaherty, Billy Goldenberg, Larry Grossman, John Kander, Shelly Markham, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse and Joseph Thalken at the piano. This is David’s fourteenth staging of a “Help is on the Way” production. TOP