Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has churned out a surprising number of Broadway and Off-Broadway stars. A group of them, including Tony Winner Tony Roberts (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Victor/Victoria), Academy Award winner Patricia Neal ("Hud," The Miracle Worker) and former Miss America (and Broadway vet of Jekyll and Hyde and Cabaret) Kate Shindle, will raise money for the school's own victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a Dec. 3 benefit performance at the Promenade Theatre.
Other featured alumni are Penny Fuller (The Dinner Party, A New Brain), Donna English, Sarah Pfisterer and Jim Weitzer (The Phantom of the Opera), Cheryl Stern (The Women), Sally Murphy (Carousel, Brutal Imagination), James Kall (By Jeeves) and Ron Holgate (Annie Get Your Gun).
Entitled "Give Our Regards to Broadway: The Songs of New York," the benefit will visit, through song, the people, places and things that make New York City great. Everyone from Cole Porter to Billy Joel will be represented with special acknowledgement for Northwestern's songwriting alumni, Sheldon Harnick (Fiorello!, Tenderloin) and Larry Grossman.
All proceeds will benefit students who have lost parents in the attacks. Tickets to the performance are $20 or $50 for reserved seating in the front of the house. For reservations, mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 846-6985.
— By Christine Ehren