One! Singular Sensation for the Valentine Gala

Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by: Karen Baker | Category: Events

Toledo, OH (September 14, 2009) – It's the song that will never go away – the one you sing over and over, hum in the car or tap with your toes. The sensation can strike anyone at any time. Ever found yourself whistling "The Entertainer," (think "The Sting") "One," ("A Chorus Line")
or "Nobody Does it Better" ("The Spy Who Loved Me")? In just a few weeks, hundreds of people in Northwest Ohio will have a song in their hearts and a spring in their step – all because of a visit from legendary composer and songwriter Marvin Hamlisch.

On Friday, October 2, Mr. Hamlisch (and his vocalists) will be performing at the 11th annual Valentine Theatre Gala 2009: From Broadway to Hollywood Starring Marvin Hamlisch. The east-meets-west themed event, which begins at 7:00 pm, is the primary fund raiser for the Valentine Theatre, with proceeds supporting the theater's operating budget. Mr. Hamlisch joins a list of past Gala performers including Burt Bacharach, The Pointer Sisters, comedian Wayne Brady, The Manhattan Transfer and Frankie Valli.

With the assistance of Bartz Viviano, the Theatre's Grand Lobby will
be transformed into a sea of hot-pink and yellow, drawing from the yellow
spotlights of Hollywood and the hot pink worn by the Broadway starlets of

"From food to music, fusion is become a big buzzword," said Clare
Gorski, 2009 Valentine Theatre Celebration chairperson. "Taking that into
consideration, we were able to build a great theme around Mr. Hamlisch's
performance. From the flowers, to the food, and even to our sponsors, this
year's Gala is about merging coasts, colors and flavors. And the funds raised
from the Gala allow the Valentine Theatre to develop programs that connect
the people of Northwest Ohio with some tremendous performing arts
experiences. It's a great combination all around."

In addition to the performance, there's dinner and dancing. Created
by Gladieux Catering's new executive chef Lance Scott (once the corporate
chef for the Cousino restaurants, Scott is returning to his native Toledo after
honing his craft in France), the menu highlights both coasts, with selections
such as peppercorn-encrusted New York strip, roasted Pacific wild salmon,
spinach ravioli with roasted red peppers, asparagus and mushrooms (topped
with thyme butter sauce), California cheesy potato casserole and organic
grilled vegetables. The meal will close with a variety of desserts.

There's more. A firm believer that music spans all generations and
all genres, earlier in the day Mr. Hamlisch will spend some time with a select
group of 75 musical theater students from area high schools. Three
students will be chosen in advance (by a panel of theater professionals and
professors) to "audition" for Mr. Hamlisch, and in a large-group setting all of
the students will receive tips and advice from him on how to win the part.

"The Valentine Theatre is the crown jewel of downtown Toledo," said
Sarah Rogers, Vice President of Advancement for CAPA (the managing
organization for the Valentine Theatre). "It depends upon the generous
donations from the Gala, corporate sponsors, patrons, and members to bring
an outstanding array of the performing arts to this great community."

The Valentine Gala 2009 is presented on the Premiere level by National
City Bank/PNC and Lincoln Mercury. Supporting sponsors (Bravo level)
include Key Bank, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Toledo Blade. Several
other companies, including Fifth Third Bank, Huntington Bank, ProMedica
Health System, HCR ManorCare and Spartan Chemical (to name a few) are
showing their support as contributing sponsors on the Encore level.

But while the sponsors make it happen financially, Gorski says it's the
volunteers who truly make the Gala the event that it is. Committee
members include Cay Stout (Ticket Ambassador coordinator and next year's
Gala chair), Kathleen Carmony (food and décor), Jolene Wagner and Kris
Montgomery (logistics and planning), Joyce Cameron (education consultant),
Karen Baker/Blue Water Communications (publicity), Samantha
Lipman/Samilea Designs (graphic design) and Andrea Monoky (Valentine
Theatre Board liaison).

The guest list is already 500 strong – only about 100 tickets remain.
Tickets are $175 each and include the reception, dinner, dancing and the
performance. Party pack tickets are also available for $225 and include four
beverage tickets. All can be ordered through a Gala Ticket Ambassador or
the Valentine Theater Box Office, (419) 242-2787.

Media notes
• Karen Baker from Blue Water Communications is the media contact
for the items below (and any other media need). She can be reached at
(419) 450-2029 or
• Clare Gorski, 2009 Valentine Gala chair is available for live or taped
interviews at any time.
• Media representatives are welcome to attend the Master Class at
noon at the theater. Students may be available for interviews.
• Videography, recording and photography will be permitted during
the first ten minutes of Mr. Hamlisch's performance (beginning at
approximately 8:20 pm). For set-up purposes, please try and let us know in
advance if you'll be attending.
• The Valentine Theatre will be accessible on Friday, October 2 during
set-up. Media representatives are welcome to stop to gather preparation
footage. The doors may be locked, so please call prior to coming (or upon
arrival) so we can let you in.
• A complete list of 2009 Gala sponsors is available. Please contact
Karen Baker.

About Marvin Hamlisch
One of only two people to have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy,
Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer, Marvin Hamlisch is best-known for A Chorus Line
and his work with Barbra Strisand, along with several motion picture scores.
His latest effort, The Informant, starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven
Soderbergh, is scheduled for release this Friday. He's also the principal pops
conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San
Diego Symphony. Mr. Hamlisch's complete bio and other information is
available on his Web site,

About the Valentine Theatre
The 901-seat Valentine Theatre is operated by the Toledo Cultural Arts
Center, Inc, a non-profit organization which strives to enhance the quality of
the cultural and economic life of the City of Toledo, Lucas County and the
region through cultural and performing arts experiences for diverse
audiences of all ages. After 108 years of operation, the Valentine Theatre
went through a $28-million facelift, completed in 1999. Since the re-
opening, half-a-million people have attended 400 international, national and
area presentations. The facility is used by more than 30 community groups
including the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera, Toledo Ballet, Toledo Jazz
Society, Masterworks Chorale, University of Toledo, Central Catholic High
School and St. John's High School, in addition to being the premier rental
space for business functions and private events. For more information on
the Valentine Theatre, visit

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