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Jazz diva Ann Hampton Callaway to perform one-woman benefit show in Boca Raton

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Jazz lovers will have the unique opportunity to spend an intimate evening Ann Hampton Callaway, one of America's best-known divas, when she performs a special one-woman show later this month in Boca Raton.

The show, entitled "An Evening to Remember: Ann Hampton Callaway," will take place Sunday, March 30 at the Wick Theatre. The proceeds will benefit the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for LGBT students pursuing careers in design, the arts and education.

Callaway is a critically acclaimed and multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter who has performed with many of the world's greatest orchestras and for such notables as President Clinton. A Tony Award-nominated actress, Callaway's songwriting talents have resulted in platinum records for other famous singers as well, such as Barbra Streisand, and her voice and words are engraved in the national consciousness as the writer and singer of one of TV's most memorable theme songs, "The Nanny."

Although Callaway typically performs in large concert halls, she told Examiner she is especially thrilled to be performing in the 330-seat theater of the beautifully restored Wick theater and costume design museum.

"One of the great privileges of my life is that I get to help worthy causes and so I am particularly excited to be performing on behalf of Whispering Angels, which helps young people get an education. Students are our future and Whispering Angels is a great cause," Callaway said.

Callaway, who will accompany herself on the piano, is still tweaking the song list, but it will include some Streisand favorites, especially one of her own versions which blends the song "People" and "Being Alive," and proved a showstopper when she performed it last year as she toured with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with "The Streisand Songbook." "I am still planning the other songs, but the show will be funny, warm, romantic and outrageous," she said.

The Whispering Angels Foundation was founded in 2008 by Sandra Holiday in honor of her longtime partner Anita Priest. Priest, an interior designer who rose to the top of her profession, was devoted to education and established the School for Interior Decoration and Design, which was the first licensed private school in Florida, Holiday said.

The event will also include piano music by Chris Barrett.

Tickets to the event range from $100 to $125. The $100 tickets include the concert, a martini bar and hors d'oeuvre. The $125 tickets include these features along with an after-dinner champagne and dessert reception along with a meet & greet with Callaway. Complimentary valet parking will be provided for all attendees.

Tickets can be ordered from the Wick box office by calling (561) 995-2333 or ordered online.

More info: Wick Theatre

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