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Ben Vereen To Star In Stamford's Palace Theatre Gala

Broadway Legend Ben Vereen will star in Spotlight Soirée, the Palace Theatre’s seventh annual gala.
Broadway Legend Ben Vereen will star in Spotlight Soirée, the Palace Theatre’s seventh annual gala. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Spotlight Soirée, The Palace Theatre’s annual gala and largest fundraiser, will light up the night at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

The evening features Broadway and TV star Ben Vereen, who will dazzle audiences with song, dance and anecdotes. 

Show tickets start at $35 and gala tickets are available at the theater's website or by calling the box office at 203-325-4466.

The 2016 Arts Ovation Award Honoree is RFR Realty. The award is given to an individual or group who make significant contributions to the community of Stamford, and in particular, to the arts. RFR has been a loyal supporter of The Palace and its Arts Education Programs for several years. 

The awards will be followed by a “Magic to Do”-themed reception before Vereen’s one man show, "Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen." The performance is a blend of artistry that combines a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., along with humorous personal stories about Vereen’s life experiences. 

“The Palace Theatre is a premier venue that brings talent and entertainment from all over the globe to Fairfield County,” said gala co-chair Robyn Bova. 

“Keeping this historical facility running along with its educational programs is something that we feel very strongly about and we are thrilled to do our part for this extraordinary theater,” added gala co-chair Lori Mercede. 

In its seventh year, The Palace Theatre will award the newly renamed Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Scholarships to local high schools students. Proceeds from the event will support the Palace Theatre’s Arts Education Programs, which are designed for thousands of area youth ages 4-18, many of whom our from our area’s underserved population. 

Last year, The gala raised more than $340,000.

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