The Oct. 25 "Broadway for Hillary" birthday bash/fundraiser at the Ford Center last night raised close to $1 million, according to unconfirmed sources.
The democratic fundraiser, which was attended by President Clinton and several stars, was open to the public. Tickets were available based on a donation structure of $250, $500 and $1,000.
Although the event was virtually sold out, the exact amount raised for Mrs. Clintons NY senatorial campaign run was not known.
Rosie O'Donnell hosted the event, which also starred Barbara Cook, James Naughton, Lauren Bacall, Tom Wopat, Joel Grey, Judith Light, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, the cast of Fosse, Alton Fitzgerald White and the Gay Men's Chorus among others.
The New York Times described a show filled with "skits and songs and a fair amount of bashing of [NYC] Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani." Giuliani is Clinton's likely opponent in the coming senatorial race. President Clinton did sing "Happy Birthday" to his wife, along with many others who had gathered on stage as well.
The Clintons are frequent Broadway patrons and the producers for the fundraiser were Marty Bell, Peter Stone and Fran Weissler. Bell, who has some history linking the Clintons with Broadway, told Playbill On-Line that he and Peter Stone had done the "Broadway for Bill" show in 1992 at the St. James, and had later produced the "Broadway Tent" on the Capitol Mall in 1992 as part of the Clinton inauguration festivities. That event starred Barbara Cook, James Naughton, Savion Glover and Lauren Bacall, all of whom were on hand at the Ford Center.
-- By Murdoch McBride