The Dec. 15 concert at the New Amsterdam Theatre will benefit the Actors' Fund of America and is designed to "become a new, annual tradition." The evening will feature original pieces written by Tony Award winners Terrence McNally and David Henry Hwang as well as appearances from cast members of most every Broadway show. As of press time, those scheduled to take part in the event include the aforementioned LuPone, Rivera, Lane and Neuwirth as well as Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Edie Falco, Eartha Kitt, Roger Rees, Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Alice Ripley, Mario Cantone, Gavin Creel, Richard Kind, Norm Lewis, Elizabeth Parkinson and Billy Porter. Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices will also take part in the star-studded evening.
The evening is being presented by the Actors' Fund in association with Sh K-Boom Records. In a statement Sh-K-Boom President Kurt Deutsch said, "With the exception of Radio City’s Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, New York has no annual event to commemorate the Christmas season, certainly none from the Broadway community. We aim to create a new and joyful holiday tradition for the City with our yearly Benefit concert, bringing together Broadway’s best and brightest stars, every Christmas, for a great cause." The creative team for the Dec. 15 benefit includes Lisa Leguillo, Paul Dobie, Michael McElroy and Seth Rudetsky.
Tickets range from $50-$1,000 and are available by calling (212) 221 7300, ext. 133. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.