A spokesperson for the organization confirmed that the 6 PM benefit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, will feature a host of stars singing tunes from the famed Broadway musical Hair. As of press time, the 11th annual "A Night at Sardi's" will boast the talents of David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, Lea Thompson, Bruce Vilanch, Sharon Lawrence, Donovan Leitch, Karla De Vito, Jean Smart, Hattie Winston and Yvette Freeman. TV personality Leeza Gibbons and her daughter will also perform with the company under the musical direction of Harold Wheeler. "A Night at Sardi's" will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Tickets for the event are priced at $300 and $500 and can be purchased by calling Events Unlimited at (310) 996-1188. For more information about the association, visit www.alzla.org.
Hair focuses on a group of hippies — called The Tribe — in New York City in the late 1960's, and gives voice to their passions and frustrations in loose scenes and interactions, including a rant against war, an embrace of free love (including a group nude scene) and odes to nature, life, drugs and multiculturalism. Book and lyrics are by Gerome Ragni & James Rado, music is by Galt MacDermot. Tom O'Horgan was the original director. Heather MacRae, Melba Moore, Keith Carradine and Joe Morton were among performers in the early Broadway run of the show, at the Biltmore Theatre.
Best known for his work on the Emmy-winning TV sitcom "Seinfeld," Jason Alexander is also a Broadway veteran. He made his Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and he also appeared in The Rink, Broadway Bound, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and The Accomplice. Alexander won a 1989 Tony Award for his work in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and this spring he will star opposite Martin Short in the L.A. production of Mel Brooks' The Producers.