Some of the entertainment world's greatest ladies wil perform May 19 at NY's 92nd Street YMHA in a benefit for that institution, hosted by Tony Randall (Inherit The Wind, M. Butterfly). The gala, titled "STANDING OVATIONS: An Evening With The Great Ladies Of Broadway," will start with cocktails and dinner at 6 PM, followed by an 8 PM concert.
Featured in this salute to women of the theatre will be Nell Carter (Annie), Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!), Liliane Montevecchi (Nine), Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), Elaine Stritch (A Delicate Balance), Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!), and Marilyn Horne (Metropolitan Opera soprano). Also on hand will be choreographer Susan Stroman (Steel Pier) introducing a dance tribute to Agnes DeMille, performed by American Ballet Theatre's Elizabeth Ferrell. The segment, accompanied by live bagpipes and tympani, will be the funeral dance from Brigadoon. At evening's end, all eight honorees and the assembled will sing, South Pacific's "There Is Nothing Like A Dame."
Don Pippin will serve as musical director for the event, which is scripted by Michael Colby, conducted by Peter Howard and directed by Charles Repole (of the Encores! series). Daniel R. Kaplan and Eileen Solomon are the producers.
This year's benefit will be directed to former Y director Robert J. Hausman, who passed away April 15. Hausman served as chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation, which dispenses grants to artists in theatre, dance and film.
More than 100 years old, the 92nd Street Young Men's & Young Women's Hebrew Association, devoted to individual and family development within the context of Jewish and American life, has featured such speakers as Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Thatcher. For tickets ($300 and up) to this event, at Kaufmann Concert Hall in the 92nd Street Y, call (212) 415-5488.
--By David Lefkowitz