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Press Release: 80th Anniversary

THE 2015 GLOBE GALA ~ CLUB 3515 ~
1935 ~ 2015


The Black-Tie Event Will Feature an Exclusive, One-Night-Only
Cabaret Performance by CARMEN CUSACK (Bright Star)
and Dancing to the Swing Music of THE CAB CALLOWAY ORCHESTRA,
Directed by Cab’s Grandson BROOKS CALLOWAY


SAN DIEGO (July 2, 2015)—The Old Globe will celebrate 80 Years of Extraordinary Theatre, from its founding in 1935 through the current 2015 Anniversary Season, in the art deco splendor of Club 3515, at the 2015 Globe Gala on Saturday, July 25 in support of the theatre’s education and artistic programs. The annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only cabaret performance by Carmen Cusack, who recently starred in the World Premiere of Bright Star at the Globe. Pamela Cesak, Jo Ann Kilty, and Vicki Zeiger serve as Co-Chairs of the 2015 Globe Gala.

The black-tie event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by Carmen Cusack’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 swing music of The Cab Calloway Orchestra, directed by Cab’s grandson Brooks Calloway, will commence on Copley Plaza until midnight. Giuseppe Fine Catering 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 Eileen Prisby, Events Director, at (619) 684-4146 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org. All net proceeds support the Globe’s artistic and educational programs.

“When I first arrived in San Diego, everyone told me that the Globe Gala is the best party in town,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Indeed it is. It’s an elegant night of great music, superb food, and, in the brilliant Carmen Cusack, entertainment as thrilling as it gets. It’s also an occasion for lovers and supporters of the Globe and its work to come together to celebrate an institution that’s central to the fabric of our city. My wife and I are looking forward to this spectacular and happy night.”

Carmen Cusack made her Globe debut last year and received a Craig Noel Award nomination for her portrayal of Alice Murphy in Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s World Premiere musical Bright Star. Carmen recently played Annie in the new musical First Wives Club at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, the Mother in Ragtime (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), and Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George (Jeff Award nomination, Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Her other theatre credits include Lynn Gardner in Carrie (MCC Theater), her Helen Hayes Award-nominated portrayal of Nellie Forbush in Broadway/Lincoln Center Theater’s national tour of South Pacific, and Elphaba in Wicked (Chicago, first national tour, and Melbourne, Australia). Her West End credits include Chesty Prospects in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow (U.K. and Ireland), Fantine in Les Misérables, Rose in The Secret Garden (Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, and West End), Kim in Personals, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Prior to her West End career, Ms. Cusack studied opera performance at the University of North Texas. In her downtime she plays and writes music and is embarking on her first original album.

The Globe is most appreciative of the many local vendors providing services to make this a great event: Kathy Wright & Co. (décor), Giuseppe Fine Catering (meal), Snake Oil Cocktail Company (bar service), Classic Party Rentals (furnishings), Special Event Audio Services, Inc. (lighting and sound), CleverCo Design (lighting and set design for the dinner dance), Ace Parking Valet Service (valet parking), Freellance (graphic design), Neiman Marcus (Gala gifts), and Toby Russell Events (video projections and late-night DJ).

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/Directions.

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SEASON CALENDAR: Twelfth Night (6/21-7/26), Kiss Me, Kate (7/1-8/2), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (7/24-8/30), The Comedy of Errors (8/16-9/20), In Your Arms (9/16-10/25), Full Gallop (9/26-10/25), Globe for All: Much Ado About Nothing (11/10-11/22), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/7-12/26), M.F.A.: As You Like It (11/14-22), New Voices Festival (1/14-1/17/2016), The Metromaniacs (1/30-3/6), The Last Match (2/13-3/13), Rain (3/24-5/1), Constellations (4/9-5/8), Camp David (5/13-6/19), tokyo fish story (5/28-6/26).

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 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 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 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 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 theatres across the country.

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