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S.T.A.G.E. gathers Robert Osborne, Broadway veterans in AIDS benefit
S.T.A.G.E. gathers Robert Osborne, Broadway veterans in AIDS benefit

Back in 1984, relatively early in the AIDS crisis, actors Michael Kearns and James Carroll Pickett met with David Galligan about directing a benefit show to help gay men afflicted with the disease. Galligan, a journalist making the transition to theater director, enlisted producer Susan Obrow, and the group of four produced and directed what is now S.T.A.G.E., the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, billed as the world's longest-running musical theater AIDS benefit. That first show celebrated the music of Leonard Bernstein. "We had no money," Galligan recalled, so members of the theatrical community helped out. Milt Larsen, the creator of the Magic Castle, provided use of the...