Michael Childers’ One Night Only, the annual fundraiser held for Jewish Family Services (JFS) at the McCallum Theatre, delivers Broadway talent with flawless perfection.
The concept seems simple, but the execution is difficult. It takes finesse, planning, and the ability to entice the best talent from Broadway to appear in concert for only one night. This year’s show was directed by veteran performer Lucie Arnaz, whose duet with Patrick Cassidy was one of the evening’s highlights.
Another highlight was Another Hundred Lyrics based on Sondheim’s Another Hundred People from Company performed by Liz Callaway, with additional lyrics by Lauren Mayer. The program Sondheim In Love was a compilation of songs of love from Stephen Sondheim’s broad volume of work.
Jewish Family Service of the Desert helps approximately 4,000 men, women, and children every year with mental health counseling, substance abuse prevention education, senior care, and other critical services. Besides producer Childers, JFS President Barbara Fromm thanked Platinum Sponsors and honorary co-chairs Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, Barbara Keller and Harold Matzner for their longstanding support of both the event and JFS.
Other Platinum Sponsors were Eisenhower Medical Center and Wells Fargo. Fromm and Terri Ketover were event chairs. Galen sponsored the Tuesday night Private Cast Party at her exquisite home catered by Arturo. Angel Sponsors were Nina and Robert Wernick, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Union Bank.
The rest of the stellar cast of singers included Christine Andreas, Brent Barrett, Brian Childers, Nancy Dussault, Davis Gaines, Jason Graae, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Clint Holmes, Barb Jungr, Millicent Martin, Marilyn Maye, Howard McGillen, Julia Murney, Teri Ralston, Lee Roy Reams, James Snyder, and Karen Ziemba. After the show, cast and sponsors headed over to the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences for a buffet dinner catered by LULU California Bistro.
Jewish Family Service of the Desert
490 S. Farrell Drive, Suite C208, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photography by Sherri Breyer