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Press Release: 2016 Globe Gala


The Black-Tie Event Will Feature a One-Night-Only Performance by

the Tony Award-Winning Star of Broadway’s Smash Hit Hamilton



SAN DIEGO (July 14, 2016)—The Old Globe will celebrate A Night of Revels at the 2016 Globe Gala on Saturday, September 24, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only cabaret performance by Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony Award-winning star of the Broadway smash hit musical Hamilton. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, Laurie Mitchell, and Sheryl White serve as Co-Chairs, and Darlene Marcos Shiley as Honorary Chair, of the 2016 Globe Gala.

The black-tie event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by Leslie Odom, Jr.’s performance 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 to the music of Play will commence on Copley Plaza until midnight. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina will cater the reception and dinner. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket.

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. 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 it's always a night I look forward to with great excitement," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.  "This year the Gala leaps to a whole new level, thanks to the appearance of Broadway's most incandescent star, Leslie Odom, Jr.  He's going to put on an electrifying and unforgettable show, and we're thrilled to have him.  Our Gala co-chairs, four terrific and elegant women who are pillars of the arts in San Diego, are planning a superb night, and I thank them and encourage everyone to support the Globe at this fabulous party."

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. has most recently been seen in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of Aaron Burr. He is a Grammy Award winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s original Broadway cast recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album. Odom, Jr. originated the role of Burr in a sold-out run at The Public Theater in 2015, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film. His additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of tick, tick... BOOM!, which was his first time working with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best known for his portrayal of Sam Strickland in the NBC musical series “Smash” and his recurring role as Reverend Curtis Scott on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He has also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished,” and “CSI: Miami.” On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film Red Tails opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and David Oyelowo. Odom, Jr. recently released a self-titled jazz album, which debuted at number one on Soundscan’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts. The album is available everywhere. Odom, Jr. was raised in Philadelphia and currently resides in New York City.

The Old Globe is most appreciative of the many local vendors providing services to make this a great event: Kimberly Buffington of Flowerchild (décor), The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina (dinner and bar), Café Barbera (Gourmet Coffee and Espresso Station), See’s Candy (After Dinner Sweets Table), Classic Party Rentals (furnishings), APR Fine Linens (Linens), Trevor Norton of Cleverco (lighting and set design for the dinner and dance), Special Event Audio Services (lighting), Ace Parking Services (valet parking), Llance Bower of Freellance (graphic design), Neiman Marcus (Gala gifts), and Fireworks America (fireworks).

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances ($12), located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

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2016-2017 SEASON CALENDAR: Macbeth (6/19-7/24), Sense and Sensibility (7/6-8/14), Meteor Shower (7/30-9/11), Love’s Labor’s Lost (8/14-9/18), October Sky (9/10-10/23), The Lion (9/29-10/30), Globe for All Measure for Measure (11/1-13), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/5-12/26), M.F.A. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (11/12-20), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12/2017), The Blameless (2/23-3/26), Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

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 Michael G. Murphy, 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 education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,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 theatres across the country.


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