Last Saturday, the Historic Hemet Theatre announced the entertainment for their 100-year Foundation Gala on January 15, 2022. Details for the event had been a tightly held secret while contract negotiations were finalized.

But now, the secret is out! “Vintage Vegas” will feature a performance by the legendary impressionist and comedian Rich Little.

Little is a master mimic of more than 200 voices. He gained notoriety in the 1960s, performing on all the top variety shows, including Judy Garland, Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show and Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast.

Among his hundreds of appearances, Little starred in an HBO special, Rich Little’s Christmas Carol. In this one-man show, he portrays celebrities in each role (W. C. Fields as Ebenezer Scrooge, Paul Lynde as Bob Cratchit, etc.) The theatre hopes to screen the film as part of a special holiday event this December.

At age 83, Little still performs regularly in Las Vegas at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana. This summer, Little was in New York appearing as Nixon in “Trial on the Potomac,” an Off-Broadway play about what would have happened if Nixon hadn’t resigned.

Legendary impressionist & comedian Rich Little Courtesy Photo of Historic Hemet Theatre

General admission tickets for the 100-year gala will be $100. A limited number of VIP tables at the foot of the stage will also be available. Tickets will be available mid-November.

Meanwhile, the theatre has released a list of the shows scheduled for the next season of Tribute Mania in January. The lineup will include tributes to The Bee Gees, Prince, Marvin Gaye, AC/DC, Tom Petty, The Doors, Johnny Cash and Van Halen. The final schedule of dates will be announced this weekend as Mirage performs their Tribute to Fleetwood Mac to close out the 2021 season. Tickets for Tribute Mania events are $25, general admission. Showtime is 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:15 pm.

Once again, HHT will offer a limited number of VIP Season Tickets with early admission at 6:00 pm. To qualify for season tickets, a patron must purchase tickets to four or more tickets in the season. Tickets for all concerts will be available on Monday November 9th. This season, for the first time, members of the theatre’s Century Club will be able to purchase VIP Season tickets a week early, beginning November 2nd.

Century Club members are supporters that have pledged at least $500 for the theatre’s building fund. Information on the Century Club and all theatre events is available at or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950. You can subscribe to the HHT email blast by enrolling on the website.

Emily Rand | Contributed

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