Ruthann de la Vega -The Empress turns 80

Proceeds to benefit Molly’s Fund

One of Tony’s favorite cabaret singers turns 80 and we are celebrating! Hosted by Tony Starlight, with special guest David Saffert as Liberace, plus other guests.


Ruthann-DelaVega-Barrington-Plaza-64Ruthann de la Vega is a native of Grants Pass who has sung professionally in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hawaii and much more. She also appeared in west coast productions of many Broadway musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, Pajama Game, Oklahoma to name a few. Her life in music has led her to work with some very illustrious people in show business, from her childhood friend Suzanne Burce (who changed her name to Jane Powell and became a big star) and studied singing Lillian Rosedale Goodman at the same time as Gordon MacRae (the star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.) Through story and song Ruthann will take us through 80 years, 75 of which have been spent in music.

The event is a benefit for Molly’s Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission is to EDUCATE the public and to INFORM the medical community about lupus, to ADVOCATE for earlier life-saving diagnoses, to SUPPORT people living with lupus and to COLLABORATE with government and foundations to fund research toward a cure. Learn more about Molly’s Fund here.

Ruthann lost her daughter Kandi Clark in 2005 to Lupus and all contributions to Molly’s Fund will be in her memory.

Special Guests

David Saffert as Liberace: David, like Liberace, is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin. His mission is to give audiences the ultimate Liberace experience. From elaborate costumes to painstakingly researched piano transcriptions, David hones in on Liberace’s piano playing, speech, and mannerisms, to deliver the most honest portrayal of “Mr. Showmanship.”

Barbara Ayars: Barbara has been performing before audiences most of her life, either as a soloist or background vocalist. While earning her degree in music at Arizona State University, she was a frequent lead in Broadway musical productions and operas. In Las Vegas, Barbara provided background vocals for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Diahann Carroll, Donna Fargo, Esquivel, Bobby Vinton, and Mary MacGregor. Barbara has appeared on “The Tonight Show”, “The Merv Griffin Show”, and “The Dinah Shore Show”.

Ruthann is also joined by some of her newly minted friends from the world of Portland piano bars, Jeff Reger and Dirk Foley, who will join the Empress on stage for some antics.

Ruthann de la Vega: Vocals
Tony Starlight: Host
David Saffert as Liberace

Piano: Bo Ayars
Bass: Dennis Caiazza
Drums: Toby Reuter-Harrah


Tickets to all shows sold in advance. Walk-ups day of show may be available. Call (503) 517-8584 for tickets after 5 pm on day of show.

Premier Dinner & Show $69 (private table close to stage)
Standard Dinner & Show $59
General Admission Show Only $25 (Bar height seating, limited small plate menu available, $10 minimum)

For parties of eight or more, please call (503) 517-8584 to make your reservation. There is a 5% discount for parties of 8 or more. There is a 10% discount for parties of 16 or more. Subject to availability.

When you click “Buy tickets”, you will be directed to the Arts-People website where you will choose the seats you want from a seating chart, choose your entree and pay for your tickets with your credit card.


Entree choices for this performance

You will be asked to make your selection upon purchase.

A) Citrus marinated roasted salmon fillet with ginger miso glaze
B) Juicy chicken thigh smothered in mushroom, tomato, and white wine sauce
C) Black bean & kale stuffed zucchini (vegan/gluten-free)

All dinners include a zesty spinach and lentil salad, seasonal vegetables, bread, house salad, and dessert.

Arrival Timeline

Dinner & Show Package
Seating begins no earlier than 5:30 PM
Dinner Service begins approx. 6:15 PM
Please call if delayed after 6:15 PM
Show begins at 7:30 PM

General Admission Show Only Seating
Seating begins no earlier than 6:30 PM
Arrive any time between 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Enjoy beverages from our wine and cocktail menus, and small plate menu



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