Andra Day to headline Old Globe’s annual gala this fall


A San Diego-sprung music mega-star — one whom you can spot on the Oscars telecast this weekend — will return to town this September as the headliner of the Old Globe Theatre’s annual gala.

The Globe has announced that Andra Day will perform at the Sept. 22 gala, which supports the Balboa Park theater’s artistic and arts-engagement programs.

Day, a 2003 graduate of the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, is a singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award nominee who’s known for her soulful voice and the blues, jazz and R&B influences of her music.

Last year, she teamed up with the hip-hop star Common to record “Stand Up For Something” for the soundtrack of “Marshall,” the movie about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice.

The song is nominated for an Academy Award, and Day will perform it on the Oscars program Sunday.

Union-Tribune pop music critic George Varga cited Day and her work as one of five musical “gifts” in 2017, focusing in particular on her performance of “Strange Fruit” at the Global Citizen Festival in New York.

The Globe’s black-tie gala — as the main fundraising event of the year for the nonprofit institution — is, of course, never a modestly priced ticket.

Admission to this year’s edition is $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) per person, and includes a pre-show reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $8,000.

Underwriting levels, including tickets for the Gala, begin at $4,500 per couple. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact events director Eileen Prisby at (619) 684-4146 or

The event begins at 6 p.m. that Saturday, Sept. 22, with a reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by Day’s performance on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

After the performance, dinner and dancing will continue on Copley Plaza until midnight.

“Every year the Globe Gala is one of the great celebrations in San Diego, and this year is going to be the most fun ever,” said Barry Edelstein, the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi artistic director.

“Yet again the Gala showcases the talents of a giant star, San Diego’s own Andra Day. She’s going to raise the roof, and we are thrilled to have her here.”

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