PATTY DUKE – Gala Appearance and Tribute At The Castro Theatre

Comedian Bruce Vilanch will do on-stage interview with Oscar-winning actress

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

It is Patty Duke’s moment to shine as Marc Huestis presents SPARKLE, PATTY, SPARKLE! – a glittering tribute to Academy Award Winning star Patty Duke, Monday, July 20th at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. The gala event begins at 6:00 pm with a meet & greet reception with the star (photos, no autographs), followed by the main event at 8:00 pm.

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PATTY DUKE

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PATTY DUKE – as Neely O’Hara, Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Patty Duke takes center stage for a live in-person interview with comic extraordinaire Bruce Vilanch. Up for discussion is her amazing career – including winning the Oscar for her remarkable portrayal of Helen Keller in the 1962 classic, THE MIRACLE WORKER and as the iconic “Neely O’Hara” in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. Patty is also the author of two best selling books, Call Me Anna and A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depression Illness. She is currently on stage at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater as “Madame Morrible” in the smash hit production of WICKED, now running in an open ended engagement.

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PATTY DUKE – as “Madame Morrible”, (Wicked)

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Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke – THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962)

The event includes an only in San Francisco screening of the classic Valley of the Dolls, career clip reels, a sing-along to the theme song of The Patty Duke Show, and sizzling send up performances by Connie Champagne as “Neely O’Hara” and Matthew Martin as “Helen Lawson”. It will be a night to remember from a star that truly sparkles!

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Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, Patty Duke

Partial proceeds benefiting New Leaf Services New Leaf Services, NAMI Walk/S.F. Bay Area , and Mental Health Association of S.F.

ADDED ATTRACTION
At the Castro Theatre: A special noon matinee of THE MIRACLE WORKER featuring Patty Duke in her Oscar Winning Performance. Free admission for those under 16 and seniors, $5 reduced general admission.

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Click on the title to order these popular films featuring Patty Duke:
THE MIRACLE WORKER – Starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Both actresses grabbed an Oscar for their performances.
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS – Directed by Mark Robson, based on the novel by Jacqueline Susann. Starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Tony Scotti.
AMITYVILLE 4 – “The Evil Escapes” features Patty Duke, Robert Alan Browne, Gloria Cromwell, Richard Crystal, and Aaron Eisenberg.

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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”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. 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: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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