Carol Hall, Grammy and Emmy nominated composer of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, will perform a benefit April 22 in celebration of women's health advocates Jane Rodney, Nancy Healey and Jeanine Miller. Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center Princeton YWCA.
The benefit honors Rodney, Healey and Miller for their efforts to educate women about breast cancer. They began with 1000 women and moved on to help more than 18,000 throughout New Jersey with education programs and a 24-hour Hot Line. They also run the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation New Jersey Race for the Cure race.
Joining Carol Hall are performers Faye Lane and Michael Whelan. Lane and Whelan have both been Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Fellows, she in 1997, he in 1998.
Along with a cabaret performance, Ernestine Bradley will be a special guest and presenter. A cancer survivor, she is a mother, educator and author married to professional athlete, US senator and likely 2000 presidental candidate Bill Bradley.
Best known as the composer-lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and its sequel, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Hall won two Drama Desk Awards for her score to the former. Other Off Broadway contributions include To Whom It May Concern and pieces in A...My Name is Alice and A...My Name is Still Alice. A veteran songwriter for "Sesame Street," Hall's songs have been recorded by Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton John, Tony Bennett and Michael Feinstein. The gala benefit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Princeton on April 22 at 7 PM. Reservations can be made by calling (732) 574-2423. The Hyatt is located at Route One and Alexander Road.
--By Christine Ehren