Eartha Kitt to Perform at Vineyard Theatre's "Albee at 80" Celebration

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Eartha Kitt will be part of the Vineyard Theatre's upcoming "star-studded 80th birthday celebration" of playwright Edward Albee Feb. 4.

"Albee at 80: A Birthday Celebration," which will be held at New York City's Rainbow Room, will serve as the company's annual gala. Tyne Daly and Bill Irwin co-host the event.

Kitt (The Wild Party), who will perform, joins the previously announced Mercedes Ruehl, Marian Seldes, Brian Murray, Judith Ivey, Tony Roberts, playwright John Guare, Kathleen Chalfant and Joe Morton. Albee's longtime producer, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, will also take part in the tribute, which begins at 6 PM.

Guests will include Betty Buckley, David Burtka, Jon Robin Baitz, Jeffrey Carlson, Linda Emond, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Kuhn, Anne Meara, Sally Murphy, Jerry Stiller, Jeff Whitty, Doug Wright and the original Off-Broadway cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women: Jordan Baker, Myra Carter, Seldes and Michael Rhodes.

The event "will celebrate Mr. Albee's 50-year career as one of the world's leading dramatists as he turns 80 during this theatrical season," according to an announcement. (Albee's actual birthday is March 12.) The Vineyard presented the debut of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women in 1993.

Several Albee works can be seen on the boards this season: Peter and Jerry (Second Stage), Me, Myself And I (McCarter Theatre) and revivals of The American Dream and The Sandbox (Cherry Lane Theatre) and Occupant (Signature Theatre). Tickets for the Albee evening ($500-$2,500 and tables from $5,000-$25,000) at The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, are available by calling Vineyard's development department at (212) 353-3366, ext. 242. For more information visit vineyardtheatre.org.

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