The 2011 Light the Night fundraising concert for leukemia research, to be held on October 31 at the City Recital Hall, will feature a diverse line-up of musical theatre talent.

The chameleon-like Paul Capsis, drag diva Trevor Ashley and matinee idol David Harris all co-headline the gala.

“My part is pretty much smooth sailing — I know what I’m going to do, but I should wing it a bit on the night, which is always the spirit of these things,” Harris, who will perform a song from his soon-to-be-released second album, said.

Harris has been involved in Light the Night since its inception in 2004, the concert being the brainchild of the Rennie brothers, Shaun and Adam, who lost their brother Matthew to leukemia in 2007.

Harris is good friends with the Rennies, describing Light the Night as a “cause close to my heart”.

Many of the other performers on the bill don’t share that personal connection, but as Harris explained, those in the musical theatre industry are renowned for their willingness to lend a hand.

“There always seems to be a charity function to perform at, and it’s something we all enjoy doing and we all think is important. I think it’s a very giving profession — people are asked to contribute and they do it without question.”


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