You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gest returns to biz

David
Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!”
He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in
the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Gest
invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an
orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers in tribute to Dionne Warwicke.
She will star in his special, “Dionne Warwick’s 45th Anniversry
Spectacular,” to tape Jan.26 and 27 at the Kodak Theater.

It
is the launch of Gest’s new production company, Extreme Entertainment
Enterprises. “The Party’s” tab, $200,000-plus, was paid for by Gest’s
“friends” whom he identified as Drexel Chemical, AMCO, Tsunami Books,
Aces Oasis, Global Dinng plus American Airlines flying in performers
from around the country. Gest claims he never pays the performers,
“They are all my friends.” They performed until midnight with the
audience dancing to each act in a scene never before witnessed in this
room by seasoned BevHilton audiences.

Angie
Dickinson and Nancy Wilson hosted. The stars, in alphabetical listing:
Archie Bell, Blu Cantrell, Carl Carlton, Mel Carter, Taylor Dane,
Johnny Gill (of “New Edition”), the Emotions, James Ingram, Freda
Payne, Russell Thompkins, Jr., Martha Reeve and The Vabndella, Smokey
Robinson, Mickey and Jan Rooney, Freddie Scott, Kathy Sledge, Candi
Stayton, BJ Thomas, Lanny Welch and Warwick with “I Know I’ll Never
Love This Way Again” and, appropriately, “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Gloria Gaynor closed the lengthy show with “I Will Survive.”

The
evening also benefited Partners for Potential via a silent auction plus
a live auction m.c’d by Martin Lewis. Joey Melotti masterfully
conductedthe audience with proper charts for each artist. Tristan
Rogers directed.

Upcoming from
Gest’s Extreme Entertainment Enterprises is a 85th Birthday Salute
Special to Jane Ruseell. And a B’way-bound musical “DivaLicious.”
Russell was among the evergreen stars on hand for Monday night’s “The
Party.” Others included: Rose Arie, Jane Withers, Margaret O’Brien,
Rhonda Fleming and Anne Jeffreys.

More Voices

  • Scrips Discovery Partnership

    A Merger Between Scripps and Discovery Could Be a Smart Fit

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

  • profiles theatre Sexual Harassment

    Sexual Harassment in the Theater: How Chicago Fought Back

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

  • TV Television problems Expenses Placeholder

    Netflix Has Secret Weapon in Hollywood's Multibillion-Dollar Arms Race

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

  • sweeney Todd Barrow Street Theatre

    Commercial Off Broadway Isn't Dead -- It's Turning Into Broadway

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

  • Edie Windsor Appreciation

    GLAAD President Reflects on Edie Windsor's Impact on LGBTQ Community

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

  • Game of Thrones

    Networks' Streaming Apps Make Minimal Revenue Impact (For Now)

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

  • Avatar

    3D Shows Enduring Value, Delivering Entertainment Not Found at Home (Guest Column)

    David Gest who last produced “Liza’s Back” in 2002, now announces “I’m back!” He demonstrated his return to the biz with “The Party,” Monday night in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Gest invited 800 to dinner and a show he produced boasting 28 star-acts, an orchestra of 34, and 10 backup singers […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content