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Broadway comes to the Ford in a night of ‘Broadway Under The Stars’

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Fans of Broadway musicals are in for a treat. Tony Award-nominee Obba Babatundé will host “Broadway Under The Stars” on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Produced by Chris Isaacson Presents, this one-night-only concert event will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday along with (in alphabetical order) Erich Bergen (“Jersey Boys,” stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (“In the Heights”), Danny Gurwin (“Little Women”) and Chad Kimball (“Memphis). David Galligan directs, with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.

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Babatundé created the role of C.C. White in “Dreamgirls,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Other stage performances have included Billy Flynn in “Chicago,” as Sammy Davis, Jr. in the new musical “Sammy” and the original production of “Jelly’s Last Jam” (playing the title role). On television, Babatundé has appeared on “NCIS,” “Cold Case,” “Soul Food”and “Friends” His feature films include “The Celestine Prophecy,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “The Notebook,” “That Thing You Do” and “Philadelphia.”

“With one of Broadway’s greatest voices, Holliday’s immeasurable range and artistry have long stood in a class by themselves. She was honored with the 1982 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Effie Melody White in ‘Dreamgirls.’

Broadway Under the Stars will feature songs from some of the most beloved musicals of our time, including “Cabaret,” “Jersey Boys,” “Pippin,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” “Les Misérables” and “Wicked,” along with new favorites from the 2013-14 Broadway season including “Aladdin,” “Rocky,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

“Broadway Under the Stars” performs 8 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014. Tickets are $40, $55, and $95; for students and children, tickets are $20. VIP packages are available (includes premium seating and a post-show reception with the artists). Visit FordTheatres.org or call 323-461-3673. To learn about discounts for groups of eight or more, call 323-769-2147.

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre is 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East in Hollywood.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps everyone — performers and those behind the scenes — who works in performing arts and entertainment, serving more than 17,000 people annually. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. www.actorsfund.org.

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