Channing raises fund for arts

March 11, 2008
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One of most recognized talents of stage and screen is coming to California State University, Bakersfield in support of performing arts at the university.

The CSUB Fine Arts department presents actress and singer Carol Channing in "A Salute to the Arts" on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Doré Theatre on campus.

A recipient of the 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, Channing has been a star of international acclaim since a Time magazine cover story hailed her performance as Lorelei Lee in "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" writing, "Perhaps once in a decade a nova explodes above the Great White Way with enough brilliance to re-illumine the whole gaudy legend of show business."

Since her 1948 Broadway debut in Blitzstein's "No For An Answer," her Broadway appearances include "So Proudly We Hail," "Let's Face It," "Lend An Ear," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Show Girl," "Pygmalion" and "The Millionairess." Making theatrical history, she won the Tony Award in 1964 for her legendary portrayal of Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman's "Hello, Dolly!"

Channing's happiest film project was in the role of Muzzy in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which set box office records and earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Other films include "Paid In Full" and "The First Traveling Saleslady" starring opposite Ginger Rogers and giving newcomer Clint Eastwood his first on screen kiss.

Channing, 87, has now committed her life to bringing a refocus on the arts in the public educational system in California. She has been developing scholarships, teaching and performing, hoping to engage public support for education in the arts.

To further these efforts she will be conducting a master class for CSUB theatre students and local high school theatre students the evening prior to the show on Thursday, April 24.

Tickets for the Friday evening performance are available at Russo's at the Marketplace. General admission is $25. VIP guests will receive orchestra section seating, the opportunity to join Channing and cast in the Todd Madigan Gallery for a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, and receive a gift. VIP tickets are $100.

All proceeds are going to establish the Dr. Carol Channing - Harry Kullijian Performing Arts Scholarship at CSUB.

Sponsors include San Joaquin Bank and Urner's Appliance Center.

For information, contact Sheri Horn-Bunk at (661) 654-3209