One night only, Nov. 24, an array of Broadway and cabaret stars will take part in the benefit, "In Celebration Of Life 5," at the Church Of St. Paul The Apostle on 59th St. In Manhattan.
Proceeds from the fifth annual two-hour concert will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Momentum Project, which is a city-wide church program offering food, clothing and counseling to people living with AIDS. Honorary chair of the Momentum Project is Betty Comden.
Produced and directed by John F. Znidarsic and Father Steven Harris, "In Celebration Of Life 5" will star, among others, Rebecca Luker, Judy Kuhn, Marni Nixon, Charles Busch, Billy Porter, Anne Runolfsson, Tony Goldwyn, Rachel York, Karen Ziemba, Julie Halston, Gregg Edelman, Stephen Bogardus, KT Sullivan, Barbara Walsh and Lillias White. They'll be singing original songs composed especially for the evening by such composers as Stephen Schwartz, Ann Hampton Callaway, David Friedman, Gerard (Forbidden Broadway) Alessandrini, Barry Kleinbort, Lindy Robbins and Carolyn Sloan.
A spokesman told Playbill On-Line that song titles weren't available yet because director John F. Znidarsic is still sorting through the pile of songs received and "auditioning them, choosing which song to go with which artist." Performers will be able to choose between piano accompaniment and a full orchestra.
Asked about recordings of the show, the spokesman, Miguel Tuason, said, "the benefit's kind of a buried treasure. It's been up for five years, and there are archival recordings but nothing commercially released, probably because of the difficulty of getting permissions. I know Alix Korey used a song she sang-- and taped at the benefit -- on her album, but that's about it. It's also videotaped, but just for their own records." Tickets are $30 for general admission, $60 for reserved seating. For information call (212) 265-3495, x.309.
-- By David Lefkowitz