Directed by David Galligan with musical direction by John McDaniel, the one-night-only benefit concert paying tribute to late composer Styne is scheduled to boast the talents of Jason Alexander, Obba Babatunde, Patrick Cassidy, Carol Channing, Carole Cook, Tyne Daly, Nancy Dussault, Ilene Graff, Randy Graff, Sam Harris, Mimi Hines, Bill Hutton, Melissa Manchester, Charlotte Rae, Cathy Rigby, Alice Ripley, Andrew Samonsky, Sally Struthers, Leslie Uggams, Bruce Vilanch, Lillias White, Jane Withers and JoAnne Worley. Show time is 8 PM.
Born Julius Kerwin Styne Dec. 31, 1905, in London, England, Jule Styne's Broadway composing credits include High Button Shoes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan and Gypsy. Among his catalogue of tunes are such ditties as "Time After Time," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," "It's Magic," "People," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!," "Never Never Land," "Small World," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Just in Time." Styne died in New York, NY, Sept. 20, 1994.
The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.
Tickets, priced $40-$250, are available by calling (323) 933-9266, ext. 35. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex is located at 5151 State University Drive in Los Angeles, CA.