Shelia E.'s Tommy benefit

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Mon May 19 06:48:58 CDT 2008

Press release:

(PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- The Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF), co-founded by world renowned artist and entertainer Sheila E. and manager Lynn Mabry, announces a special benefit performance of The Who's "Tommy" on June 19, 2008 at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, CA. This benefit will raise funds for abused and abandoned children and to assist in developing a more comprehensive Arts Enrichment Program for EHF's beneficiary, Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services.

The cast of The Who's "Tommy" stars Tony nominee Alice Ripley, known for her New York roles in "Next to Normal," "Side Show," "Sunset Boulevard," "Les Misérables" and the Des McAnuff production of "The Who's Tommy", as Mrs. Walker; Jenna Leigh Green, most recently Nessarose in the Los Angeles production of "Wicked", as Sally Simpson; Nona Hendryx of LaBelle with Patti LaBelle and HBO's "The L-Word", as the Acid Queen; Aleks Pevec as Tommy; Tom Schmid as Captain Walker; and Hank Adams as Uncle Ernie. Renowned guitarist Ronny Drayton will play 
guitar live on stage as the Hawker.

Directed by Brian Purcell, who directed "Chess," the special event at the Ford Amphitheatre last summer; which was among the most popular and highest grossing attractions in the Ford's history. As an actor, he appeared in the Broadway National Tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar", and in "Footloose" as Willard Hewitt, "Ragtime" as Younger Brother and "Evita" as Che.

This production of Tommy introduces high definition 3-D Sound, presented by EXP3D, a new audio system that does for sound what 3-D and its lenses does for motion pictures.

Thursday, June 19, 2008
6:00 - 7:30 pm * Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:30 - 9:00 pm * Special Performance
9:00 pm * VIP Reception

The Ricardo Montalban Theatre 
1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028

TICKET PRICES: $200 VIP, $150 Floor, $75 Balcony 
VIP Ticket includes: Prime Seating, Private VIP Reception, Cocktails, Hors-D'Oeuvre, Special Presentation, Cast Members Meet and Greet


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 -Brian in Atlanta
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