HELP IS ON THE WAY XVII: Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!

Benefiting 4 Bay Area AIDS Service Organizations

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

This coming Sunday, August 21st at the Herbst Theatre, the RICHMOND / ERMET AIDS FOUNDATION presents HELP IS ON THE WAY XVII: 
Gala Celebration – 17h Annual Gala. This year’s all-star benefit concert features celebrities from Broadway, TV, Film and the recording industry. The roster of stars includes Shirley Jones, Lea Salonga, Patrick Cassidy, Thea Gill, Gloria Loring, David Burnham, Lakisha Jones, Carole Cook, James Darren, Tim Hockenberry, and more. The 4 Bay Area AIDS Service Agencies that are the beneficiaries this year include:
AguilasShantiStop AIDS Project • 
YouthAware Program at New Conservatory Theatre Center.

Help is on the Way XVII is a three-tiered event consisting of a pre-performance black-tie reception for corporate sponsors, Gala ticket holders and Underwriters, featuring fine wines from top California wineries, special spirits bars, and hors d’oeuvres from SF’s best restaurants and caterers; a Broadway-quality concert; and a post-performance champagne and dessert reception with the cast for sponsors and Underwriters.  An extensive silent auction coincides beginning at 5:00 pm and concludes at the end of intermission.

PRE-SHOW SILENT AUCTION – Main Lobby: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
PRE-SHOW VIP RECEPTION – Green Room: 5:00 – 6:00 pm; featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and martini & margarita bars 
CONCERT: 7:30 – 10:00 pm.  
UNDERWRITER AFTER PARTY – Dessert & Wine with the cast: 10:00 – 11:45 pm.
General Reserved Seating, Performance only – $50 and $75
Gala tickets, includes Pre-Show Gala Reception: $125
Gala pre-show reception, performance & post-show reception with cast – Tickets $175
Click here to order tickets on-line: Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!

The 2010 star-studded Cast List includes:
JASON BROCK — Cabaret star
PATRICK CASSIDY — B’way (42nd Street, Assassins) / TV (Longtime Companions) / film star
MARY JO CATLETT — B’way (Hello Dolly!, Pajama Game) / TV (Diff’rent Stoke) star

Jason Brock – Patrick Cassidy – Mary Jo Catlett

CAROLE COOK — Broadway (42nd Street, Radio Gals) TV / film star
JAMES DARREN — TV (TJ Hooker, Startrek: Deep Space Nine); recording star
THEA GILL — TV (Queer As Folk, Dante’s Cove) / film (Remembering Nigel)
 — Academy Award winning actress for Elmer Gantry (Oklahoma, Music Man)
GLORIA LORING — TV (The Guiding Light) / recording star
MEG MACKAY — Cabaret star

Thea Gill – Sean McDermott – Kim Nalley

 — Broadway (Miss Saigon, Chicago, Carousel, Showboat) TV star
KIM NALLEY — Jazz and Blues star
LEA SALONGA — Tony Award-winning (Miss Saigon) Broadway star
 — Broadway (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz) / star
PAULA WEST — Jazz / Cabaret star

Lea Salonga – Lisa Vroman – Paula West

POST BALLET — Principal dancers Robert Dekkers and Christian Squires
Jessica Corker, Leanne Borghesi & Soila Hughes — Cabaret, B.O.O.B.S!

Jessica Coker – Leanne Borghesi – Soila Hughes

 — Ethan & Nikki White – SF Based – Finalist on Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance
BARBARY COAST CLOGGERS — Beloved Bay Area Men’s Appalachian Dance Team
 — Sign language interpreter

Help Is On The Way XVII is produced by Joe Seiler and Ken Henderson
, directed by David Galligan, with musical direction by Richard Berent.


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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:


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