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On Feb. 16, Nancy Sinatra is hosting a fundraiser for the Plaza Theatre — and the lineup is now official.

Five musical artists will perform at the event during Modernism Week, according to Palm Springs City Councilman J.R. Roberts, who co-chairs the steering committee that’s raising the money to restore the theater and re-open it for live programming.

The lineup includes actor and singer James Darren, known for his roles on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “T.J. Hooker.” Darren is the godfather of Sinatra’s daughters and also spoke at the funeral of her late father, legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. 

Also scheduled to perform is Wrecking Crew member and session musician Don Randi, who played piano on Nancy’s song, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” and appears in the credits on all of her albums. He also played on The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” 

Additionally, jazz vocalist Steve Tyrell will add his musical talents to the mix. Tyrell is a friend of the Sinatra family who performed the duet “Girl Talk” with Frank Sinatra Jr., and recorded the 2005 covers album “Songs of Sinatra.” Tyrell’s breakthrough performances came on the “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride II” soundtracks. 

Nancy’s daughters, A.J. Lambert and Amanda Erlinger, will also perform.


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The February event will also feature a conversation with Sinatra, plus clips from her films and television shows. All money raised will go toward restoration of the 83-year-old theater, which officials say will require $12 million to update.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday at the Plaza Theatre from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at [email protected] or (760) 778-4617. Previous reporting by Desert Sun reporter Melissa Daniels was used in this report.

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