Comedian, author, and Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan is returning to his hometown May 15 to headline Tuesday Night Live! at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Tuesday Night Live! is the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s annual fundraiser, with proceeds going to the Annual Fund. This is the fourth TNL but the first to feature a celebrity guest star.
"Having Leslie Jordan join us for this event is a huge gift to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre," said Paula Henderson, president of the CTC Board of Directors. "Tuesday Night Live! has always been a fun, irreverent party, but Leslie brings TNL to a whole new level."
Mr. Jordan is the 2006 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of "Beverley Leslie" on Will and Grace. Television audiences will also remember him from his recurring roles on Privileged, Ugly Betty, Boston Legal, and Reba. Mr. Jordan was featured as the Mississippi newspaper editor "Mr. Blackly" in the hit movie, The Help, and he starred as "Brother Boy" in both the stage and film productions of Sordid Lives. His best-selling autobiography, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, is now available in paperback.
Mr. Jordan’s one-man-show, Like a Dog on Linoleum, has played to sold-out, enthusiastic audiences across the country and includes many stories of growing up in Chattanooga and attending Dalewood Junior High and Brainerd High School. He headed to Los Angeles in 1984, raising money for the move with a series of now-legendary performances at the Vine Street Market in downtown Chattanooga.
Tuesday Night Live! is touted as Chattanooga’s liveliest "ungala" — a fundraising event like no other in the city. There is food, wine and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. It’s an unstuffy gathering where guests can arrive directly from work, dress casually, have a great time, and still get home at a comfortable hour. Tuesday Night Live! begins at 5:30 in the CTC MainStage lobby overlooking the Tennessee River.
The entertainment is brash, biting, and laugh-out-loud funny with nothing and no one in Chattanooga off limits to the slings and arrows of outrageous humor, officials said. As the "host" of TNL, Mr.Jordan will open the show with a monologue and participate in some of the fun.
Tickets to Tuesday Night Live! are $100 per person with beer, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment included. A limited number of tickets are available for $175 for the entire evening plus a pre-show "meet-and-greet" cocktail party and photo opportunity with Mr. Jordan.
Karen Loafman is chair of Tuesday Night Live! Tracie Dalton is chair of the auction committee. Alison Lebovitz is the evening’s auctioneer. Wanda Lee is chairing the online auction. Mr. Jordan’s appearance is made possible through the efforts of Jimmy Adams.
For tickets and more information, call the box office at 267-8534 or visit www.TheatreCentre.com.