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Press Release



Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga Thrilled Guests with an Exclusive Concert
Prior to Dinner and Dancing on the Globe's Copley Plaza

SAN DIEGO (August 9, 2012)—The Old Globe’s 2012 Gala, “A Night in Tuscany,” netted $960,000 for the theater’s artistic and educational activities.  Co-chaired by Globe Board members Pamela Cesak, Jo Ann Kilty and Vicki Zeiger, the black tie event was held on Saturday, July 28 on Globe’s historic campus in Balboa Park.  Lead underwriters for the evening were Audrey Geisel, Darlene Shiley and Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner with many other guests making significant gifts.

“On behalf of The Board of Directors, I thank our friends in the San Diego community for their outpouring of support for The Old Globe,” said Board Chair Hal Fuson.  “Making an event like this successful requires a collective effort from many people, and we are all grateful for the generous contributions made to the Globe Gala.  I would also like to thank our three Gala Co-Chairs – Pamela Cesak, Jo Ann Kilty and Vicki Zeiger – for their hard work, enthusiasm and leadership in pulling off another successful Globe Gala.”

The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction held in the beautiful Alcazar Garden, which was lush with sunflowers and white linens, evoking the gorgeous rustic charms of Tuscany.  Guests were welcomed by the Gala co-chairs, along with Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, and bid on over 125 enticing items as they mingled in the world-famous garden.

Following the reception, Gala guests entered the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Preybs Theatre Center, for an exclusive concert on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga.  Known worldwide for her roles on Broadway in Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, as well as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan, Salonga thrilled the audience with a selection of her hits including “A Whole New World,” “On My Own” and “I’d Give My Life for You.”  Salonga will co-star with film and television icon George Takei at the Globe this fall in the world premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical

After the performance, guests exited the theater directly onto Copley Plaza, which was transformed by delicate candlelight into an enchanting evening in a Tuscan piazza.  Golden tablecloths were topped with centerpieces filled with beautiful amber and purple flowers, shimmering golden chalices and ivory flower petals.  The Italian-inspired sit-down dinner, catered by Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, started with Curly Escarole Salad and a Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup Shot, followed by entrées of Slow Braised Short Rib, Roasted Pacific Cod and White Lasanga. The sumptuous meal ended with Vanilla Panna Cotta and Petite Limoncello Gelato Cake.  And, befitting “A Night in Tuscany,” a selection of Italian wines was offered, including Ca’Bolani Refosco Friuli 2009 and Principi di Butera Insolia Sicilia IGT 2010.  Gala guests then danced into the night to the energizing music of Impulse on the Copley Plaza dance floor, which was flanked by two bubbling fountains.

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  For additional parking information visit

CALENDARRichard III (6/3-9/29), As You Like It (6/10-9/30), Inherit the Wind (6/17-9/25), God of Carnage (7/27-9/2), Allegiance – A New American Musical (9/7-10/21), Good People (9/29-10/28), Measure for Measure (11/10-11/18), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/17-12/29).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of 2012 Globe Gala are available for the press at

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years.  The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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