Alec Baldwin and Sam Waterston lead a list of notables who will pay tribute to veteran actor Barnard Hughes on Feb. 25. The event is sponsored by the Actors' Fund of America and the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
Also on hand will be Jean Stapleton, Kathleen Chalfant, Keir Dullea, Christine Ebersole, Dana Ivey, Simon Jones, Debra Monk, Remak Ramsey, Frances Sternhagen and Elizabeth Wilson (who starred with Hughes in Broadway's recent Waiting in the Wings). Hughes starred as Dogberry to Waterston's Benedick in a celebrated Much Ado About Nothing in 1972, and acted opposite Baldwin in the original production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss.
Hughes made his Broadway debut playing four performances of 1939's flop, Please, Mrs. Garibaldi. Other more successful credits were A Majority of One, the Richard Burton Hamlet of 1964, The Good Doctor, Jason Robards' 1985 The Iceman Cometh and, most famously, Da, for which he won a Tony Award.
The event will take place at Three West Club in Midtown.
—By Robert Simonson