According to sources, Reams will be singing "Hello, Bobby" to the tune of "Hello, Dolly." Composer Jerry Herman has approved the lyric change.
A benefit for Citizens for NYC, the evening will honor Short and Alexandra and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Short will receive the Lena Horne Legend Award, while the Schlesingers will receive the Marietta Tree Award for Public Service. The benefit dinner, which begins with cocktails at 6:30 PM, will also boast a one-hour musical tribute to Short.
Among those scheduled to take part in the Short tribute are Tony Award winners Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch, Karen Ziemba and Christine Ebersole as well as Rent's Daphne Rubin-Vega, jazz pianist Barbara Carroll, cabaret singer Mary Cleere Haran and veteran performer Kitty Carlisle Hart. Gossip columnist Liz Smith will be Master of Ceremonies.
Citizens for NYC is a nonprofit group whose mission is to "stimulate and support self-help and civic action to improve the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods." For more information visit Click Here.
One of the cabaret world’s most revered performers, Bobby Short became a vaudeville entertainer at the age of 12. The singer specializes in the works of Cole Porter and Noel Coward, and his numerous recordings include “Songs of New York: Live at the Cafe Carlyle,” “Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter,” “How’s Your Romance?,” “Jump for You,” “Nobody Else But Me,” “Piano” and “Speaking of Love/Sing Me a Swing Song.” Tickets for the New Yorker for New York Awards, priced $600-$2,500, are available by calling (212) 675-9474.