Celebrities Shine in “Legends, Movement and Memories” at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

[May 30, 2018]  Stars of Broadway, music, movies and television sparkle as the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) comes to Culver City for a unique performance on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The venue will be Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Singer Florence LaRue

Hosting the evening of entertainment will be Florence LaRue, an original member of the legendary, Grammy® Award winning pop singing group The 5th Dimension. The last remaining original member of the group that originated the genre called “Champagne Soul,” she still tours with the current version of the group today, singing the group’s original songs, and more. She also appeared in the national tour of the Broadway hit Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Actress, Kym Whitley

Co-hosting with Ms. LaRue will be actor Kym Whitley, a television favorite (Young and Hungry, Black Dynamite, and Sparks) and star of many popular films (including Next Friday, Deliver Us from Eva, and Along Came Polly).

R&B legendary award-winning star Freda Payne will premiere an excerpt from her nationally-touring show Ella Fitzgerald First Lady of Song. This will be the first opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to see Ms. Payne portray the revered legend of jazz. Freda Payne has been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in recognition of her long string of vocal hits (including Band of Gold, Bring the Boys Home, The Unhooked Generation, and Cherish What Is Dear to You). Also an actor, she has starred in a number of popular films including Book of Numbers, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and Deadly Rhapsody).

Jazz Artist, Eloise Laws

Eloise Laws, an award-winning member of a legendary and celebrated jazz family (Ronnie, Hubert and Debra Laws) will sing for you. Best known for her work as a jazz vocalist, her credits also include musical theater (including South Pacific, House of Flowers, and Candide) and opera (The Metropolitan Opera’s The Return). She starred in and co-wrote the Tony® nominated musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. She is also the recipient of the Cherry Blossom Award from the Tokyo Music Festival.

Also appearing on June 24: dancer Juli Kim and actor-writer Alina Cenal.

Adilah Barnes is Executive Producer and Co-Founder. This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.  [ps]

Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Industry (with valid I.D.), seniors and students, $18.

Reservations: (818) 760-0408. Online reservations are available at http://www.lawtf.org or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3444959

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TVolution Founder and Managing Editor DARWYN CARSON completed a six-year stint as Managing Editor of Leonard Maltin’s Annual Movie Guide in 2015. She has been covering film since her early association with entertainment journalist Michael Symanski at Zap2It.com. She also covered film and restaurant news in her column Carson’s Corner for a variety of social publications. Her articles have appeared on Zap2It, Indiewire, leonardmaltin.com and, of course, The TVolution. Follow Darwyn @bnoirlikeme. Follow The TVolution @thetvolution. Please Like The TVolution on Facebook.

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