Music of the Night, An Evening of Song with Former Phantom of the Opera, Davis Gaines
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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I was so happy to be attending Davis Gaines in concert, having seen him twice in Phantom of the Opera and once in 1776, and I wasn't disappointed. Wow, this guy's even better than I knew! I wasn't familiar with probably most of the songs he sang, but it didn't even matter, he's so talented vocally and so skilled at expressing the words! And the band accompanying him was excellent. What an enriching time! :-)
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Broadway star Davis Gaines, who has performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, will present Music of the Night: An Evening with Davis Gaines, an intimate concert to benefit SOSMentor, a not-for-profit organization fighting childhood obesity. The concert will take place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
SOSMentor is a Los Angeles based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the alarming rate of childhood obesity and related illnesses by educating students in health, nutrition and fitness through after-school mentoring programs. SOSMentor’s ShapeUp program has become a key tool in helping fight childhood obesity within LA County by offering high school students a five-week educational program in nutrition, health, and fitness. The high school students are then sent out to mentor middle and elementary school students by sharing what they’ve learned about making smart food choices and the importance of physical fitness. Since 2006, the SOSMentor ShapeUp program has expanded to 26 elementary, middle and high schools in the LAUSD, with over 2,000 students participating.
Davis Gaines played The Phantom on Broadway, in Los Angeles (where he remains LA’s longest running Phantom), and in San Francisco (winning the Bay Area Critics Award for Best Actor). His other stage credits include playing Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Camelot with Richard Burton, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Alexis Smith. Aside from Phantom, other LA stage credits include 1776 (Musical Theatre West), Side By Side By Sondheim (Rubicon Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse), and Parade (Mark Taper Forum). Gaines has worked extensively on television (Desperate Housewives, Charmed, Chicago Hope, Veronica’s Closet, Bodies of Evidence, Murder, She Wrote, and three PBS Great Performances specials, among others). He has sung for five U.S. Presidents, and with every major symphony orchestra in North America.
Gaines’ concert will feature Broadway show tunes and popular standards, with all proceeds benefitting SOSMentor/ShapeUp.
About the Ticket Supplier: SOSMentorSOSMentor was founded by Dr. Robert Donahue and Carole Donahue, who have a combined 70 years of experience as educators. Robert, SOS Mentor's Executive Director, has served as Principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Carole is the Coordinator of family literacy programs for LAUSD and recently developed a series of workshops on nutrition literacy for 100 schools. Carole has been active in Rotary, first Woodland Hills Rotary and then Los Angeles Rotary, for over twelve years. Bob joined LA5 Rotary a year ago, after he retired from a lifetime in public education. Rotary is an important base of support for SOSMentor, supplying financial support and mentors who participate in the organization's ShapeUp and College Knowledge Programs.
SOSMentor began as a college readiness program. The first project of the organization was to tour 50 colleges and then create CDs of virtual college visits which were distributed to local high schools, libraries and community colleges. Workshops were designed to provide students with information about financial aid and other issues related to preparing for college. In addition, several Rotary Clubs contributed a total of $25,000 that was used to conduct academic mentoring programs in three elementary schools.