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SAN DIEGO (March 2, 2018)—The Old Globe will celebrate in style at the 2018 Globe Gala on Saturday, September 22, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The glamorous annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only performance by the incomparable Andra Day. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, and Sheryl White serve as Co-Chairs.
Her signature scarf and eyeliner have captivated audiences across the country. With voice booming bright, Andra Day resonates with passion, perseverance, and power amongst audiences everywhere. Day’s full-length album debut Cheers to the Fall (Buskin Records/Warner Bros. Records) garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album, while its anthemic Platinum lead single “Rise Up” achieved a nod for Best R&B Performance, as did “Stand Up for Something,” which Ms. Day will perform at the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 4. Soul courses through Day’s DNA. During her childhood in San Diego, the budding songstress split her time between singing in the church choir and diligently studying dance, theatre, and music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Galvanized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, and Janis Joplin, Day followed in their footsteps by developing a style that’s unequivocally her own.
The can’t-miss black-tie event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with an elegant reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by the performance by Day at 7:00 p.m. 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 will light up Copley Plaza until midnight.
Tickets are $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) each and include the reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $8,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $4,500 per couple. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact Events Director Eileen Prisby at (619) 684-4146 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org.
“Every year the Globe Gala is one of the great celebrations in San Diego, and this year is going to be the most fun ever,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Yet again the Gala showcases the talents of a giant star, San Diego’s own Andra Day. She’s going to raise the roof, and we are thrilled to have her here. Like Andra Day, our Gala Co-Chairs are elegant and sophisticated women. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, and Sheryl White are pillars of the arts in San Diego, and they are planning a magical night. I thank them and encourage everyone to support our great theatre at this fabulous party.”
The lists of generous underwriters and exciting vendors will be announced at a later date.
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/detailed-directions.
CALENDAR: The Importance of Being Earnest (1/27/18–3/4), Uncle Vanya (2/10–3/11), American Mariachi (3/23–4/29), AXIS: Mariachi Reyna (3/31), The Wanderers (4/6–5/6), AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/21), A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/12–6/17), coLAB: Program Showcase (5/12), Native Gardens (5/26–6/24), The Tempest (6/17–7/22), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (7/2–8/12), Barefoot in the Park (7/28–8/26), Much Ado About Nothing (8/12–9/16), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration (9/15), 2018 Globe Gala (9/22), Heart of Rock and Roll (9/6–10/21).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, 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, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Meteor Shower, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s 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 theatres across the country.
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ABOUT THE PERFORMER
Carried by enough conviction to incite cultural change, Andra Day’s full-length debut Cheers to the Fall (Buskin Records/Warner Bros. Records) garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best R&B Album, while its anthemic Platinum lead single “Rise Up” achieved a nod for Best R&B Performance. Day has taken the stage at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The View,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the White House’s National Christmas Tree Lighting, Hallmark’s “Home for the Holidays,” “Audience Music,” CMA Country Christmas, and “America’s Got Talent”—just to name a few.
Quietly recognized amongst some of music’s most legendary names, the singer paid tribute to Ray Charles at the Smithsonian and shared the stage for performances with everyone from Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder to Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys, and John Legend. Her voice abounded throughout the halls of the historic 2016 Democratic National Convention as well as at the launch event of Michelle Obama’s We Will Rise documentary in partnership with Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto on International Day of the Girl at The White House. Along the way, she covered Essence magazine and achieved the prestigious Powerhouse Award at the Billboard Women in Music event.
2017 kicked off with two showstopping performances by the chanteuse at the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards and a knockout Bee Gees tribute during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Hyatt welcomed Day as the voice of its For a World of Understanding campaign, breathing new life into the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Moreover, she voiced Sweet Tea in the summer blockbuster Cars 3, covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” during a standout sequence.
Closing out 2017, Day released the moving anthem “Stand Up for Something, featuring Common, from the Marshall official soundtrack album and film. The original song was written by Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning and eight-time Academy Award-nominated legend Diane Warren, and Academy, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning hip-hop icon and actor Common. It spotlights her showstopping and stunning vocals over powerful production as well as thought-provoking rhymes from Common. Meanwhile, the movie marks her onscreen debut.