The Actors Fund presents a very special Musical Monday, an evening with five grand ladies of musical theatre in LADIES OF AN INDETERMINATE AGE tonight, December 10, 2012. Anne Jeffreys, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae - join together on the same stage to sing songs from their careers, talk about their co-stars, directors and composers and stray into their wicked (or not-so-wicked) adventures in the great tradition of "No Business Like Show Business."
Join us in the glorious art deco lobby of the Pantages Theatre for a wonderful evening of nostalgia, music and stories from the ladies who starred in "Kiss Me Kate", "Mr. Wonderful", "Street Scene", "Three Wishes for Jamie", "The Threepenny Opera", "L'il Abner", "Pajama Game" and many, many more!
7:30 pm - Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 8:30 pm - Performance (Performance followed by Dessert Reception with the Performers. Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. Tickets: $125 per person. To book, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-933-9266 extension 458.
Anne Jeffreys was offered and accepted a role in a musical review, "Fun for the Money," to be done in Hollywood, which led to her winning her first movie role, it was "I Married an Angel," with her idols Janette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Under contract to Republic Studios she made a dozen films for them, including "Flying Tigers" with John Wayne. R.K.O. bought out her contract to co-star with Frank Sinatra in "Step Lively." She managed to continue her singing career by performing with the New York Symphony and the Ford Symphony and the Los Angeles Opera Company. Kurt Weill heard her sing "Tosca" at the Brooklyn Opera House and hailed her for his musical version of the Elmer Rice Pulitzer Prize play "Street Scene," for which she received critical acclaim. Next came "My Romance," a play by Edward Sheldon. Miss Jeffreys performed for the three seasons and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, alternating with "Bittersweet" and "The Merry Widow." While there, Cole Porter offered her "Kiss Me Kate." She spent two years and 887 consecutive performances in that classic musical. During her "Kate" run at the Shubert Theatre in New York, she met Robert Sterling, then starring in "The Grameroy Ghost" at the adjoining Morosco Theatre. The columnists dubbed them "The Romance of Shubert Alley." "Three Wishes for Jamie" was the next Broadway starter for Miss Jeffreys, after which she joined forces and talents with her husband; they toured top nightclubs and hotels in the country including the Waldorf in New York, the Sands in Las Vegas, Palmer House in Chicago, the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles and the Fairmont in San Francisco. Their highly successful club act led to the long running and ever popular "Topper" TV series, in which they delighted audiences all over the world as George and Marion Kirby -- "The Ghosts with the Most." She did "Destry Rides Again," which later they repeated at the Lincoln Centre in New York and then on tour. Alan Lerner persuaded her to take over the Broadway company of "Camelot" and tour with it for six months in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. It remains on of her favorite roles along with "The King and I," which she has done many times. Miss Jeffreys has appeared on most of the top dramatic shows on TV as well as musical specials., talk shows and even a soap opera She Received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her work in "The Delphi Bureau" series. Some of her other theatre performances include "Carousel," "Anniversary Waltz," "Bells Are Ringing," "Ninothcka," "Desert Song," "Do I Hear a Waltz?" "Song of Norway," "Most Happy Fella," "No Sex Please, We're British," "Take Me Along," "Follies," "and "The King and I."