Director Baz Luhrmann's staging the Puccini opera has been embraced by audiences and critics this season for its eye-popping color, sexy young stars and unique theatricality that allows theatregoers to be voyeurs in the process of the show (stage hands and in plain view, low tech effects are created on stage). Three pairs of actors sing the roles of Mimi and Rudolfo at the Broadway Theatre, 53rd Street at Broadway. Tickets range $46.25-$101.25. To purchase, call (212) 221-7300 ext. 133, or (212) 239-6200, or visit the Broadway Theatre box office. For more information, visit www.actorsfund.org.
According to The Actors' Fund, "Special Performances are among the most thrilling theatrical experiences, and the hottest tickets in town. Broadway companies generously give their time and talent by adding these special shows to their already rigorous schedules, and perform for audiences full of their peers from the entertainment community. Proceeds from all Special Performances benefit The Actors' Fund of America. Founded in 1882, The Actors' Fund of America is a national nonprofit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Professionals in film, television, radio, theatre, dance and music all turn to The Actors' Fund in times of need. Programs include: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Care Facility, Senior and Disabled Programs, Mental Health Services, Chemical Dependency Services, Entertainment Industry Assistance Program, Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, AIDS Initiative, and supportive housing on both coasts."