The Old Globe in San Diego will host the 2012 Globe Gala on Saturday, July 28, in support of the theater's education and artistic programs. The annual event will feature an exclusive performance by Broadway veteran and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, known worldwide for her roles in Miss Saigon and Les Misérables. Salonga will star this fall in Allegiance–A New American Musical, which makes its world premiere at the Globe.
The black-tie event will begin with a reception and silent auction in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden, where guests will have the opportunity to bid on more than 250 items. The reception will be followed by Salonga's performance on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the music of Impulse will commence on the Globe's Copley Plaza. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina will cater the reception and dinner, and valet parking is included in the price of the ticket.
Tickets are $750 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) each and include the performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $7,500. Underwriting opportunities begin at $2,000 per couple and include a pre-Gala Underwriting Party. To purchase tickets or a table or to become an underwriter, contact Eileen Prisby, events manager, at (619) 231-1941 x2303 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org.
Salonga is best known for originating the role of Kim in the West End and Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, winning the Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and many other awards. She went on to further fame playing Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway, returned to the show in 2007 as Fantine and reprised the role for the sold-out 25th anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena. Her feature film credits include the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II.
The Tony Award–winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for 75 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which are both part of the Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.
February 15, 2012