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Valley of the Dolls

August 22, 2011
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
8:00 pmto11:00 pm

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The tenth annual AFTGC/CAN benefit will be an event not to be missed! Jacqueline Susann’s “Valley of the Dolls” began as a best-selling novel in 1966, before becoming a blockbuster motion picture the following year. Now, it’s a theatrical event! The stage adaptation of the hit film has been performed only a handful of times, so this will be a rare chance to see this cult classic brought to life on the stage. “Valley of the Dolls” tells the story of three young women, Anne Welles, Neely O’Hara and Jennifer North, as they set out with dreams that will bring them to the dizzying heights of fame – and eventual self-destruction! Anne moves to New York City in search of independence and a life of her own, while Neely dreams of being a Broadway star, and Jennifer longs for love and domestic happiness. As their stories unfold, each finds love, fame and happiness – but ultimately loses it all, as booze, treachery and pills known as “dolls” take their toll! Also prominent in the tale is Helen Lawson – the toast of Broadway who has survived her share of ups and downs, and lived to sing about it. The stage show, like the film, features songs by Andre and Dory Previn, including “I’ll Plant My Own Tree” and “It’s Impossible.”

The performance will be a staged concert production; it will be performed in costume with some props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc. The show is performed in two acts with an intermission.

The show was adapted by Theatre a Go-Go from a screenplay by Helen Deutsch and Dorothy Kingsley, based on the novel by Jacqueline Susann. “Valley of the Dolls” is presented through special arrangement with Tiger LLC, in association with Lisa Bishop and Whitney Robinson.

“Valley of the Dolls” is not suitable for children, as it contains adult situations, substance abuse, and language.

Directed by: Curt Arnold
Music Direction by: Butch Marshall

The cast features stars well-known to those who have attended previous benefit performances – in fact, at least one member of the cast has appeared in each of the nine past AFTGC/CAN benefits. We’re also happy to welcome some new faces to our team. Eileen Burns (previously appearing in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) is Anne Welles, the good girl who comes to the city eager for a life on her own. Amiee Collier (2006, 2007, 2009) is Neely O’Hara, who dreams of being a star – until her dreams come true. Tricia Bestic (2002, 2010) is Jennifer North, the showgirl with a knockout body and a heart of gold. Watching over their struggles as the grande dame of Broadway, Helen Lawson, is Northern Ohio cross-dressing legend Kevin Joseph Kelly (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). Providing the love interest are Rob Gibb (new to our stage, but a familiar face to Cleveland theatre fans) as Lyon Burke, Brian Bowers (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) as Mel, and Ian Atwood (2003, 2004, 2005) as Tony Polar. Rounding out the cast are a talented team, consisting of Gregory M. Violand (2010), P.J. Toomey (2009), Patrick Ciamacco (2010) and Jonathan Kronenberger (also new to our team this year) – these gentlemen will appear as all other characters, male and female! Mister Violand and Miss Bestic appear with special permission from Actors’ Equity Association.

Cleveland Performance Information
Performance Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Performance Space: Cassidy Theatre, 6200 Pearl Road
Performance Time: 8:00 pm

The performance benefits the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

Ticket Price: $25.00 (general admission)
Available from the AIDS Taskforce by clicking HERE, or by calling Rebecca Strong at 216-621-0766 ext. 232.