Donna Sachet and Leanne Borghesi bring the best of Broadway to San Francisco in 2016’s funnest fundraiser and sing-along Spotlight on Broadway.
Twenty-five years ago, Donna Sachet started her adventure in San Francisco and the City has applauded her fun-loving spirit, quick wit, and musical talent ever since. She was selected Miss Gay SF in 1993 and reigned as the thirtieth elected Empress of SF in 1995-96.
Accolades have come her way from 4 San Francisco mayors, the City Board of Supervisors, the State Legislature, and the esteemed Herb Caen. She co-chaired the SF GLAAD Media Awards for 4 years and has served on the Board of Directors of Positive Resource Center, Imperial Council, SF LGBT Community Center, State Board of EqualityCalifornia, Rainbow Honor Walk, and the International Court Council. She is most proud of her annual Songs of the Season musical variety show benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund for the past 23 years. Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet created the annual Pride Brunch, now in its 18th year, honoring the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade and benefiting Positive Resource Center with music provided by Dixieland Dykes + 3.
Donna Sachet has the distinction of being the first recorded drag personality to address the Commonwealth Club of California and the first to sing the National Anthem for a major league sports team at AT&T Park for the SF Giants.
Donna Sachet currently writes a biweekly column for the Bay Area Reporter, and stars in Sunday’s A Drag, every Sunday at The Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square.
“With vocal chops that blend amazing strength, fabulous musicianship, beautiful tonality, and powerful get-down Broadway-type belting, Leanne Borghesi is recognizably one of San Francisco’s hottest and most diverse celebrities.” Sean Martinfield, San Francisco Sentinel
“Leanne Borghesi gives a sumptuous performance…wild and wonderful with fantastic abandonment”-Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway
Leanne Borghesi is a bi-coastal Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Performing Artist, currently residing in New York and San Francisco. A California native and graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), Leanne has enjoyed performing coast to coast over the past 20 years. With her recent sold out show at Feinstein’s- LUSH Leanne has taken NYC into her grasp. A two year participant and equity guest artist at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret Conference in Connecticut, Leanne debuted her one woman show, BAZAZZ under the direction of Michael Bush alongside power house performers including Amanda McBroom, Penny Fuller, Marilyn Maye, Lillias White in Accentuate The Positive, A Johnny Mercer Tribute. She starred in the role of Mama in Jonathan Brielle’s original musical, 40 Naked Women, A Monkey & Me and completed the 2012 New York workshop alongside a swingin’ eight piece band. Leanne attended the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2011 and performed in the UK with fellow colleagues in This Summer I Lived, featuring the original music of UK songwriter David Kent.
Leanne has donated her talent and time to numerous non-profit agencies in San Francisco over the past 20 years- REAF, New Leaf, Shanti, AIDS Emergency Fund, Pink Triangle, GLBT Center, Under One Roof, SF Pride Mainstage, Positive Resources, NHRA among a few.
Creator of infamous Ms. Anita Cocktail and an original founding member of the comedic cabaret trio “B.O.O.B.S” (Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-Top, Broads, Singing), she has played to sold out houses from San Francisco-Los Angeles to NYC: LUSH at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Rrazz Room, MBar Hollywood, Herbst Theater, Marines Memorial, Palace of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Room and The Duplex in New York City.
Borghesi’s previous theatre credits include Smeraldina, The Servant of Two Masters (Sonnet Rep, NYC), Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (CFRT, NC), Rona Lisa Peretti, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (CenterREP), Dora Bailey, Singin’ in the Rain (Gateway Playhouse, NYC), Jan, Mr. Irresistible (LaMaMa, NYC), Up Your A$$ (PS 122, NYC), Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mrs. Medlock, The Secret Garden (TheatreWorks), Nancy, Oliver (PCPA Theaterfest), Mrs. Bassett, Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Aurora Theater), Petrushka, Pearls Over Shanghai (Thrillpeddlers), Meredith Parker, Bat Boy and Acid Queen, Tommy (ROLT, SF). Leanne is the recipient of best actress award from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for NCTC’s Productions of Dames at Sea (Mona Kent) and DIVALICIOUS (Solo show). www.LeanneBorghesi.com
2016 Upcoming Events:
“Spotlight on Broadway” – A Sing-Along Concert Fundraiser, Saturday, May 14, 8pm–10pm, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Empire Ballroom, 450 Powell Street, SF. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets Join the SFLGFB at this fun-filled audience participation concert. Take your shower-time operatic renditions to the next level in this Broadway Sing-Along Concert with tunes from classics such as Grease, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, La Cage Aux Folles, and many more! Enjoy drinks, hors d’ oeuvres, raffles and a live auction to conduct the Band!
The 18th annual Pride Brunch is on Saturday, June 25, 11AM-2PM, Hotel Whitcomb, honoring the Grand Marshals and Honorees of SF Pride and benefiting Positive Resource Center. www.positiveresource.org
The 24th annual Songs of the Season is Mon.-Wed., Nov. 28-30, 8PM, Beatbox, benefiting AIDS Emergency Fund. www.songsoftheseason.net