Ok, I know you all are about to be jealous of this star studded Diva oriented weekend in Washington DC. Not only do we never get the parties that NYC, LA, San Francisco, London, Chicago, etc… get, but we never have the amazing Broadway shows or variety that these cities get. The one thing we do have that is unique though is the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
The Kennedy Center is not an amazing old styled theatre but it is a huge complex with amazing sound and can easily host all of the top shows in the world. This is where I went to see Hairspray for the first time and many other shows. We also have the touring cast of Mary Poppins coming through soon but more importantly we have the Kennedy Center Spring Gala coming through this weekend.
The Kennedy Center spring gala in Washington DC is sort of like the kick off season to Summer shows and events. The Kennedy Center goes all out and brings in Broadway stars of all calibers and styles. This year they have completely gone out of their way to bring in some of the best, most well known talent around. The odd thing though is that there are still tickets available. Some of my friends just bought theirs last night. I found it shocking because of this years line up of talented performers and Actors.
The show headliner is none other than one of the original Divas, the great Liza Minelli.
Liza Minelli is not only the daughter of the famous Judy Garland, but Liza Minelli is an icon, one of the most recognizable faces and voices in American Pop Culture and history and no matter where you go or what you watch, you will probably run across a reference to her. She has appeared in tons of movies, tv shows, jokes. Liza has hit cds like like Liza with a Z and pretty much destroyed the show Cabaret for anyone else who would ever try to take it on. Liza Minelli is a legend that I dare anyone to try to take on. She is above and beyond going to be one of the highlights of this show. This picture of Liza came from the Kennedy Center Website. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/gala/
So if Liza Minelli isn’t enough of a headliner for you, the next star to take the stage is the amazing and seriously talented Ben Vereen.
Ben Vereen you’ll remember from countless Broadway shows including Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin and the list goes on. For those of you not into theatre, which I don’t understand why you’d be here if you weren’t, he was in Funny Lady, All That Jazz, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will and Grace and the list goes on with his TV appearances and roles as well. He is also the god father to R&B sensation Usher. Ben is one of the most talented Actors in modern times and I cannot wait to see him perform. He dances, sings, acts and steals shows. Between him and Liza Minelli, can it get any better? Actually yes.
Aaron Lazar, many of you will not know him, reinvented many roles and recreated some of the most loved characters on Broadway. He was in the recent revival of Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities and the classic A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim. Aaron has also been on TV in Ugly Betty, The notorious Bettie Page (if your name is Betty you better watch out for this one) and countless other show appearances. Aaron may not be well known, but his talent should be.
The next Actor I would like to mention is one whose name you won’t remember but whose voice and image you will never forget. Andrea McArdle was the original Annie. Not only did she create the role of the red headed orphan, but I think she created one of the most memorable American Icons that almost everyone can remember from their childhood. Everyone remembers watching it and everyone recognizes the red poster and red lettering for the red headed orphan. Sure she has done other things since Annie but when you create such an iconic role and character as Little Orphan Annie, it is hard to do anything else.
Some other performers who will be there include Elizabeth Ashley, Raul Esparza, Opera Singers; Elmore James and Harolyn Blackwell and the list of show stopping celebrities goes on and on. It is insane how much talent The Kennedy Center booked for the Kennedy Center Spring Gala 2010 and I cannot wait to watch all of these icons and amazing performers show why they are the incredible Actors and Actresses that they are and why they have reached Celebrity Status in the Theatre, Screen and Entertainment industry.
If you haven’t bought your ticket to the Kennedy Center Spring Gala yet, you seriously need to hurry up because if word gets out that people like Liza Minelli are in town tickets will sell fast! Hurry up and buy your ticket today and then come back and share how you liked the show after.