Actors Fund Musical Mondays Review - Featuring Ron Abel

Backstage cast call (L-R Christa Jackson, Joey Gian, Giselle Wolf, Joely Fisher, Linda Purl, Ron Abel, Lucie Arnaz, Valarie Pettiford, Marsha Kramer, Loretta Devine and Wayne Moore)

Monday March 24th the Actors Fund kicked off its 3rd year of critically acclaimed concert series entitled Musical Mondays, a series of Cabaret events in the lobby of the historic Hollywood landmark, the Pantages Theatre.

Ron Abel entertaining his peers

Ron Abel is a musician, a renaissance man who has one foot solidly in the world of musical theatre with the other plunked down in the heart of music producing. He has been in the music business and theatre world for a number of years and has made many friends along the way. This was evidenced by the large circle of friends who performed along side him in the Actors Fund’s concert on Monday night and the even larger crowd of fans that turned out to be entertained by Ron and his friends. 

Linda Purl sings "Just To Be Near You"

Abel’s friends included Lucie Arnaz, Loretta Devine, Joely Fisher, Joey Gian, Christa Jackson, Marsha Kramer, Wayne Moore, Valarie Pettiford, Linda Purl and Giselle Wolf.

Ron Abel and Joey Gian singing "Slow Dancing"


These friends are so dedicated to their friend Ron, his music as well as to the tremendous work the Actors Fund, that some of these stars flew in from as far away as London and Hong Kong to join in the evening’s festivities.

Wayne Moore, Joey Gian and Valarie Pettiford on stage

Abel showed off his skills at tickling the ivories and at witty repartee as he played and sang along with his cast featuring a night of nearly all his own work. He did deviate from his own work to show off some numbers from the “ Great American Songbook” which will be included along with his own original work in a new Broadway Musical he is working on titled “Bricktop”.

Ron Abel, Marsha Kramer and Wayne Moore singing "Dogs Like Us"

The audience was also treated to some great performances; of special note was Wayne Moore singing an original song by Abel and Chuck Steffan titled “She just happened to me”.  Moore’s command of his voice and pitch perfect acting practically broke my heart. Of course, Valarie Pettiford was lovely and her voice was gorgeous. Loretta Devine was to die for and Lucie Arnaz had the crowd snickering in the aisles before and after her songs. J oely Fisher, Joey Gian and Marsha Kramer gave great renditions of Ron Abel classics. Christa Jackson, Linda Purl and Giselle Wolf were not only lovely to look at but stylistically lovely as well.

Ron Abel and Christa Jackson singing "Funy How Love"

The Actors Fund Musical Mondays have proven to attract some fabulous talent as the pros show off their skills and support for those in the industry. The evenings are in the glorious lobby of the Pantages Theatre, a beautiful and intimate venue where you can go and rub elbows with some of the entertainments finest.  I highly encourage anyone who loves an old fashioned “song and dance” to make a point to attend and support this worthy endeavor.

Giselle Wolf who flew in from London sings "It's Been A Long Time"

I was so impressed to find out that during and after the last writers strike the fund has given over $900,000 in financial aide to individuals, in various aspects of the industry, who were without work for over 4 months because of the strike.

Joely Fisher singing "All The Good Men Are Gay"

The Actors Fund of America is the only national nonprofit organization that provides for the welfare of ALL entertainment professionals. Founded in 1882, The Fund has grown to serve professionals in film, television, radio, music, opera, and dance as well as theatre. The organization assists performers and those behind the scenes including creative professionals, technical and crafts professionals and support staff.  Their mission is “to advance, foster and benefit the welfare of all professionals in the entertainment community who are in need of help, ensuring that these efforts are accomplished with compassion, confidentiality and preservation of dignity for the individuals concerned.”

Lucy Arnez who flew in from Hong Kong and Ron Abel singing "Forever's All We Know"

They depend primarily on support from private contributions—individuals, foundations, corporations, organizations, and unions. For more information on the Actors Fund you can call 323 933 9244 or visit www.actorsfund.org .

Loretta Devine sings "Queen Of The Night"

This Musical Monday was produced by John Bowab and Martin Wiviott, all Shows include pre-show cocktail reception at 7:30 pm and post-show dessert reception with the artisits.

 

Photo Credit: Bill Dow

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