Broadway's "Cinderella" and "Prince Charming"
To Entertain At Huntington's Spotlight Spectacular

Evening To Offer Sneak Peak Of New "Jungle Book" Musical

Huntington Theatre Company’s 2013 Spotlight Spectacular will feature entertainment from Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, stars of Broadway’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella," plus a sneak peek of the Huntington’s upcoming new musical "The Jungle Book" with Music Director Doug Peck and acclaimed Indian musician Shivalik Ghoshal.

Theatermania called Ms. Osnes (at left) a “lovely, silvery-voiced ingénue,” with USA Today dubbing Mr. Fontana “one of the most promising stage actors of his generation.”

Taking place on Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Boston Park Plaza Castle, the Huntington’s annual Spotlight Spectacular raises money for the Huntington’s ongoing programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 25,000 annually. Designed by Rafanelli Events, this year’s event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, a seated dinner, and presentation of the Wimberly Award to longtime supporters Trustee Judi Krupp and her husband Douglas plus visionary "Our Town" director David Cromer.

Additional funds is being raised through an online auction at Available items include a Broadway getaway, one week at a private home in the heart of Paris, Red Sox tickets in a Fenway Park luxury box, and much more. Guests will also have the opportunity to “Sponsor Our Students” in support of the Huntington’s youth and education programs.

Huntington Trustee Susan B. Kaplan, who helped to establish the annual Spotlight Spectacular and chaired the first event in 2003, serves as event Chair. Nancy & Mark Belsky and Liz & George Krupp chair the Leadership Committee, while Deborah Lewis chairs the auction. The 2012 Spotlight Spectacular sold out and raised more than $730,000 for the Huntington.

Santino Fontana’s Broadway credits include "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," for which he received a 2010 Drama Desk Award, "Billy Elliot: The Musical," and the 2007 revival of "Sunday in the Park with George." Off Broadway credits include Roundabout's acclaimed production of "Sons of the Prophet" (directed by Peter DuBois) for which he received the 2012 Obie Award, and Matt in the 2006 Off Broadway revival of "The Fantasticks."

Laura Osnes was nominated for the Tony Award for her performance in Frank Wildhorn’s "Bonnie & Clyde." She also starred as Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific" and appeared in the recent revival of "Anything Goes." She made her Broadway debut as Sandy in "Grease," having won NBC’s reality competition “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.” She recently appeared in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Pipe Dream" at New York City Center ENCORES! and starred in "The Sound of Music" in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Table prices range from $7,500 to $50,000 with individual ticket prices ranging from $500 to $2,500. For more information about the event, to sponsor a table, or to purchase tickets, contact Alli Engelsma-Mosser at 617-273-1536.

-- OnStage Boston



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