From Willie to Whitney

Celeb songwriter shares tunes and tales at Addison theater's fundraiser

Songwriter shares tunes and tales at Addison theater's fundraiser

Jennifer Martinez, Steve Dorff, Nancy Brenner, Andrea Redmon
 Jennifer Martinez, Steve Dorff, Nancy Brenner, Andrea Redmon Photo by Shanna Lockwood
WaterTower Theatre board of directors with Steve Dorff
Steve Dorff with the WaterTower Theatre board of directors. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Liese Canterbury, Steve Dorff, Michael Canterbury
Liese Canterbury, Steve Dorff, Michael Canterbury Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Steve Dorff
Dorff gave a 90-minute concert. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
VIP pre-show cocktails
VIPs enjoyed pre-show cocktails. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Barbara Daseke, Steve Dorff, Don Daseke
Barbara Daseke, Steve Dorff, Don Daseke Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Steve Dorff, Kita Hobbs
Steve Dorff, Kita Hobbs Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Shane Peterman
WaterTower Theatre's artistic director Shane Peterman. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Cara Serber, Quintin Jones, Jeff Crouse performing from Golden Boy
Cara Serber and Quintin Jones, accompanied by Jeff Crouse, performed "I Wanna Be With You" from Golden Boy. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Addison City Council members with Shane Peterman and Steve Dorff
Dorff and Peterman with members of the Addison City Council. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Steve Dorff signing books
Dorff signed copies of his book. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Tom Braun, Grace Daniels
Tom Braun, Grace Daniels Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Paul Walden, Steve Dorff, Marsha Walden
Paul Walden, Steve Dorff, Marsha Walden Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Steve Dorff and WaterTower Theatre staff
Dorff and the WaterTower Theatre staff. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Janeva Longacre, Steve Dorff, Phil Longacre
Janeva Longacre, Steve Dorff, Phil Longacre Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Mervyn Benjet, Rosalind Benjet, Steve Dorff
Mervyn Benjet, Rosalind Benjet, Steve Dorff Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Cookies from Heart to Heart Catering
Heart to Heart provided the desserts. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Steve Dorff's book
Dorf is the author of I Wrote That One, Too...: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. Photo by Shanna Lockwood
Jennifer Martinez, Steve Dorff, Nancy Brenner, Andrea Redmon
WaterTower Theatre board of directors with Steve Dorff
Liese Canterbury, Steve Dorff, Michael Canterbury
Steve Dorff
VIP pre-show cocktails
Barbara Daseke, Steve Dorff, Don Daseke
Steve Dorff, Kita Hobbs
Shane Peterman
Cara Serber, Quintin Jones, Jeff Crouse performing from Golden Boy
Addison City Council members with Shane Peterman and Steve Dorff
Steve Dorff signing books
Tom Braun, Grace Daniels
Paul Walden, Steve Dorff, Marsha Walden
Steve Dorff and WaterTower Theatre staff
Janeva Longacre, Steve Dorff, Phil Longacre
Mervyn Benjet, Rosalind Benjet, Steve Dorff
Cookies from Heart to Heart Catering
Steve Dorff's book

What: WaterTower Theatre's Ignite the Mission concert and party

Where: WaterTower Theatre at Addison Conference Center

The 411: Music lovers were in for a treat when WaterTower artistic director Shane Peterman brought in Grammy- and Emmy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff for an evening of songs, stories, and salacious celebrity tidbits, all to help the theater's Ignite the Mission fundraising campaign.

The evening began early for VIP guests, who gathered for an exclusive pre-show cocktail hour and meet-and-greet with Dorff. Each VIP received a signed copy of Dorff's book I Wrote That One, Too... : A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney.

Guests were then seated in the Terry Martin Main Stage and surprised with a sneak peek of the as-yet-announced closing show of the 2019-20 season. Cara Serber and Quintin Jones, accompanied by Jeff Crouse, sang "I Wanna Be With You" from Golden Boy, which will be performed in concert next August.

Then the audience was treated to a 90-minute concert from Dorff, who played some of the greatest hits from his songwriting catalog. Everything from the theme to Growing Pains to Kenny Rogers' chart-topping hit "Through The Years" elicited appreciative murmurs as patrons recognized the tunes, and Dorff peppered his playing with funny and heartwarming tales about his incredible career working with a who's who of famous artists (think Garth Brooks, Karen Carpenter, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, and more).

Following the concert, the audience enjoyed drinks and desserts from Heart to Heart Catering while also mingling with Dorff, who posed for photos and signed more copies of his book.

Who: Don and Barbara DasekeLiese and Michael Canterbury, Marsha and Paul Walden, Preston PageJennifer Martinez, Phil and Janeva Longacre, Nancy Brenner, Andrea Redmon, Tom Braun, Grace Daniels, Kita HobbsRosalind and Mervyn Benjet, and Donald Jordan.