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Providence Performing Arts Center Announces 2018 Annual Gala

Providence, RI  – J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC),  is pleased to announce that Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” as part of the 2018 PPAC Gala on Thursday, April 14, 2018 at 7P. Martin and Short will be joined by the Grammy® Award winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers and renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.

The PPAC Gala is a fundraiser for the Theatre and is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to Martin’s and Short’s performance, a post-show party at PPAC, and parking space. Gala tickets are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law and may be purchased for $300 per ticket by emailing PPAC Director of Ticketing Donna Santos at [email protected].

Non-Gala tickets for “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life” will go on sale beginning Sunday, November 19 at 10A at the PPAC Box Office, online at www.ppacri.org and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).  Non-Gala tickets are $250 - $58; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Box Office Hours are Monday – Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days. 

In this special performance, Martin and Short recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented though a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.

Steve Martin is one of the most acclaimed and beloved talents in entertainment. His work has earned numerous honors including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Many of Martin’s films are considered modern classics including: The Jerk, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Roxanne, Parenthood, L.A. Story, and Father of the Bride. As an author, Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty; the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile; a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; a best-selling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir Born Standing Up.  His latest play, Meteor Shower, premieres on Broadway on November 29, 2017 in a production starring Emmy Award-winner Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti; and Jeremy Shamos, and directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.

Steve Martin is also an accomplished Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, Martin released his third full-length album called Love Has Come For You, a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell. Love Has Come For You, won a Grammy ® for “Best American Roots Song” for the title track and inspired their musical Bright Star, which received five Tony Award nominations and also received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Martin and Brickell’s second album together, So Familiar, was released on Rounder Records and featured 12 remarkable songs that bought the acclaimed duo’s musical collaboration into fresh creative territory. Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers recently released their newest collaboration The Long-Awaited Album on Rounder Records.

Martin Short is a beloved comedian and actor, whose career spans television, film and theater. Since his breakout performances on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Short has become a household name with roles in feature films including the science fiction comedy Innerspace, Three Amigos, and as the quirky wedding planner, Franck Eggelhoffer, in the Father of the Bride series. He has also delighted audiences in Broadway performances including his 2006 revue Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and the 1998 revival of Neil Simon’s Little Me. Short has earned two Emmy awards for his writing in SCTV Network 90, as well as his involvement in the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks. He is also recognized for his performances in several television series, including Damages, Primetime Glick, Merlin and SCTV Network 90. Short also starred opposite Maya Rudolph in NBC’s comedy show Maya & Marty that ran this summer.

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Providence Press Representatives

P.J. Prokop, Director of Marketing:  (401) 574-3103        [email protected]

Caitlyn DiPompo, Marketing Projects Specialist: (401) 574-3112   [email protected]