Powerhouse performers are returning to raise the roof of the Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum for the 2018-2019 season. An array of Broadway luminaries and celebrated vocalists from seasons’ past are returning by popular demand with new material and new performance pairings.
The season kicks off on Nov. 17 with the 16th Annual Opening Night Benefit Concert: An Evening with Laura Benanti. One of Broadway’s most sought-after stars, Benanti’s amazing range has been demonstrated in musical, comedic and dramatic roles, resulting in a total of five Tony nominations and a win for her performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy. Benanti was originally to appear at the Annenberg last season but had to reschedule when she was cast in Steve Martin’s hit comedy, Meteor Shower.
Following Benanti, the Best-in-the-West Performance Series begins on Jan. 19, 2019 with two singers who have appeared separately on the Annenberg stage and are now pairing for a special concert: Golden Globe winner and Grammy nominee Amanda McBroom teams up with Tony Award nominee and New York "Cabaret Star of the Year" Ann Hampton Callaway in Divalicious. Both women are celebrated singer-songwriters and will be accompanied by yet another great songwriter, Michele Brourman.
The season continues on Feb. 23 with Christine Ebersole: After the Ball, featuring the two-time Tony Award winner who triumphed most recently in War Paint along with Patti Lupone, and counts Grey Gardens and 42nd Street among her many Broadway hits.
Grammy Award nominee Cheyenne Jackson is up next on March 16. Equally well known for his television work on 30 Rock and American Horror Story, Jackson has racked up Broadway successes in All Shook Up, Xanadu, Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The series rounds out on April 6 when Hugh Panaro returns. A veteran who has been in countless musical productions, Panaro is perhaps best known for his turn on Broadway as The Phantom of the Opera (25th anniversary cast).
The Annenberg season also includes the popular Cabaret 88 series, a one-of-a-kind theatrical offering in which attendees are invited on the stage to be as close to the performer as possible. A diverse array of performing talent will spend an intimate evening with audiences in the coming year, including Broadway regulars Julie Garnyé, Brent Barrett, Carolee Carmello, Spencer Day, and Matthew Hydzik.
Uniquely featured within Palm Springs Art Museum, the Annenberg Theater is a 430-seat, state- of- the-art venue which brings audiences a renowned combination of visual and performing arts. Tickets can be ordered online at psmuseum.org or through the theater box office at 760- 325-4490.
Pictured, L-R: Christine Ebersole, Laura Benanti