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ENTERTAINMENT ICON MITZI GAYNOR ADDS HER LIGHT TO SPARKLE! AT THE ANNENBERG THEATER FOR DESERT AIDS PROJECT

Palm Springs, CA – Legendary Emmy® winning and Golden Globe® nominated actress and musical performer, MITZI GAYNOR joins the stars of Broadway, television and film for Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert on December 5, 2012 at the Annenberg Theater.

“We are beyond excited to have the incomparable Mitzi Gaynor join us as our celebrity reader of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas‘ at this year’s SPARKLE!” says co-producer Scott Nevins. Sparkle brings together a cavalcade of talent delivering an exciting evening of holiday music, both classic and contemporary.

Gaynor noted, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than to be joining these terrific artists in support of the essential services Desert AIDS Project provides throughout the year.”

Mitzi Gaynor began her multifaceted career at the age of thirteen as part of the Los Angeles & San Francisco Civic Light Opera.  She then starred in some of the most revered musicals of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” including There’s No Business Like Show Business (with Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe), Anything Goes (with Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor), Les Girls (with Gene Kelly), The Joker is Wild (with Frank Sinatra) and most notably as Ensign Nellie Forbush in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress.

She dominated television for a decade with her own annual blockbuster rated network variety specials such as Mitzi…and 100 Guys (1975), Mitzi…Zings Into Spring (1977) and Mitzi…Roarin’ in the 20’s (1976), earning a total of seventeen Emmy® Award nominations and six Emmy® Award wins.  These specials were recently celebrated in the musical documentary Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years, which aired nationwide on public television and was honored with the 2010 NATAS Emmy® Award for Outstanding Entertainment Special. Gaynor is currently sharing her fabled brand of showmanship in her critically acclaimed one-woman show Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind the Sequins.

SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert features an ensemble of your favorite performers from today’s hottest Broadway and Television shows. Mitzi Gaynor is currently scheduled to appear along side Tony and Emmy Award® Winning Broadway Diva Lillias White (“The Life”, “Dreamgirls”, “Fela!”), Grammy nominated singer & beloved TV/Broadway actress Ilene Graff (“Promises, Promises”, “Mr. Belvedere”), two-time Emmy nominated soap star Bobbie Eakes (“All My Children”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Tony Award® Nominee Sharon McKnight (“Starmites”, “Red Hot Mama”), Nick Adams  (“Priscilla: Queen of the Desert”, “Guys & Dolls”, “A Chorus Line”), Milena Govich (“Law & Order”, “Cabaret”), Wilson Cruz (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “My So Called Life”, “RENT”), Ginifer King (Co-starred in Bernadette Peter’s “GYPSY”, Chris Colfer’s film “Struck By Lightning” and lead in the upcoming Nickelodeon Pilot “Haunted Hathaways”),  Erin Quill (Original Cast Member from Broadway’s “Avenue Q”), Julie Garnye (“Hair: In Concert”, “Tinkerbell: the movie”), Dionne Gipson (“Black Dynamite”, “For the Record…”) and international recording artist Kelly King adding up to an all-star lineup for this star-studded Holiday spectacular! In addition to being the show’s co-Producer, Scott Nevins will also be hosting the evening, which is made possible by the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Integrated Wealth Management as well as LULU California Bistro, The Saguaro Hotel, LIVE Magazine from Palm Springs and other area businesses.

General Admission Tickets for the show are $65 each; VIP Tickets (which include premium reserved seating and VIP After-Party Meet & Greet with Cast Members along with food and hosted bar at LULU – A California Bistro) are $150 each. More information including tickets and performer announcements can be found at www.sparklepalmsprings.com. A complimentary shuttle has been provided by The Saguaro to bring people from the Annenberg to LULU California Bistro and back, should they desire.

For more information about the career and to stay up to date with Mitzi Gaynor please visit: MissMitziGaynor.com or find her on Facebook at Facebook.com/OfficialMitziGaynor

ABOUT DESERT AIDS PROJECT 

Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

Additional event information:

·      Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

·      7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm for Silent Auction and Cash Bar at Muse Cafe)

·      The Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum

·      Tickets: http://SparklePalmSprings.com

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