The 28th Annual Benefit Gala for Center Stage
Saturday April 26th, 2014
6 pm–Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
7 pm–Performance by Christine Andreas in The Pearlstone Theater
8:15 pm–Seated Dinner
9:30 pm–Dessert & Dancing
Silent Auction throughout the evening
Attire: Black Tie
This year’s Gala will honor the outstanding creative talents of Costume Designer David Burdick and the Center Stage Costume Shop with custom-themed décor in each dining room, signature items from Center Stage production in the Gala Silent Auction, and a special celebrity guest tribute during the performance in The Pearlstone Theaters.
Proceeds benefit the theater’s artistic and education programs.
Christine Andreas's recent show, Bemused, at 54 Below was hailed by the New York Times as "pure alchemy" and is being recorded by PS Classics for release in early June.
This award-winning singer, Broadway star, and Tony nominee most recently completed a year in La Cage aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer, as well as a much acclaimed national tour as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza.
Ms. Andreas first captured New York City theater-goer’s hearts and became a star in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle (Theatre World Award); followed by the revival of Oklahoma!, as Laurey, working with Billy Hammerstein and Agnes de Mille (Tony nomination); and On Your Toes, as Frankie Frayne, directed by the legendary director George Abbott, (Tony nomination). She created the role of Marguerite St. Just on Broadway in the original production of The Scarlet Pimpernel opposite Douglas Sills and Terrence Mann. Other Broadway credits include Words and Music with Sammy Cahn, Nancy in Angel Street with Dina Merrill, Rebecca in Rags, the short-lived Alice in the short-lived Legs Diamond with the late, great, and wonderful Peter Allen, and the Broadway bound and derailed Erte production of Stardust. She received rapturous notices and a Barrymore Award for her portrayal of Vera Simpson in the Prince Music Theater’s production of Rogers and Hart’s Pal Joey.
Television credits include Law & Order: SVU, The Cosby Show, PBS’ Musical Comedy Tonight, Taylor Benson in Another World, and Ava Gardner in Fox’s mini-series, Mia, Child of Hollywood.
Collaboration with composer Martin Silvestri and writer Joel Higgins lead to her West End debut starring in their musical The Fields of Ambrosia at the Aldwych Theatre in London followed by concerts with Marty in London, Paris, Rome, Australia, and The White House.
She has sung in concert at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center Jazz Festival, and the Caramoor Festival to name a few. Symphonic work includes the Boston Philharmonic with Ben Zander, the Tulsa Symphony with Peter Nero, the Detroit Symphony, the Richmond Symphony with Charles Strouse, the Palm Beach Pops with Bob Lapin, and The Silicon Valley Symphony.
Engagements in New York at the Café Carlyle and the Algonquin’s Oak Room prompted the New York Times to extol, “She delicately kills with the sheer beauty of her voice… She finds a blend of lyricism and sweet sensuality that only the finest Broadway voices can conjure.” Liz Smith was moved to write, “Christine Andreas is everything anyone who loves romantic pop music could want—simply sine qua non.” Her Carnegie Hall debut was hailed as ‘brilliant,’ ‘delicious,’ and ‘sexy’ in Variety. The natural next step was to capture her music on CD. In collaboration with Silvestri, a Grammy-nominated producer, they released Love is Good. Here’s To The Ladies, their second CD collaboration, and a tribute to the great ladies of the theater, was recorded in London with a 55 piece orchestra; and The Carlyle Set, a sophisticated set of contemporary standards recorded with a quartet of New York's most outstanding musicians. Both CD’s were selected on USA Today’s top 10 list. After the release of the CD she returned to The Café Carlyle in New York for an encore performance and repeated it once again at the Catalina Grill in Los Angeles. The LA Times called her “a mesmerizing musical presence.”
Visit Ms. Andreas’ official website at www.christineandreas.com.
For more information, please contact Events Manager Brad Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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