The 8 PM performance of Bea Arthur: Back on Broadway (& 95th Street) will benefit The Ali Forney Center, a housing resource for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth. In her acclaimed show, Arthur recalls the highlights of her award-winning stage and television career and offers songs by Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Marilyn and Alan Bergman. As he did on Broadway, Billy Goldenberg will accompany Arthur on piano.
Bea Arthur was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for Bea Arthur on Broadway. She won a Tony for her performance as Vera Charles in Broadway's Mame, and she played the matchmaker in the original company of Fiddler on the Roof. Arthur also appeared in the famed Theatre de Lys staging of The Threepenny Opera Off-Broadway in 1954 (she sings "Pirate Jenny" in Bea Arthur on Broadway). Arthur's last Broadway show was Woody Allen's The Floating Lightbulb. The actress is perhaps best known for her roles on TV's "Maude" and "The Golden Girls."
Symphony Space is located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets, priced $50-$100, are now on sale by calling (212) 864-5400 or by visiting www.symphonyspace.org. VIP tickets, priced $250-$500, are available by calling (800) 511-4396.