Off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre will stage a one-night benefit on Broadway May 19 at the Golden Theatre, featuring Peter Gallagher, Eric Stoltz, folksinger Tommy Makem in The Irish. . .And How They Got That Way, a play by Frank McCourt, author of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize winning biography, Angela' Ashes.
It's an ironic choice, since no one took home a Pulitzer for drama this year. According to production spokesperson Tom D'Ambrosio, Rosie O'Donnell will host the event, which will likely be part-staged, part-read.
The play serves as an irreverent history of the Emerald Isle, with ribald tales, bawdy songs and hard-drinking ballads. For tickets ($75 show only, $150 show and Sardi's dinner) and information call (212) 727 2737.
With its attractive new theatre and well-known guest stars, Irish Repertory Theatre continues to raise its profile. The big push started with The Importance Of Being Earnest, directed by set designer Tony Walton and starring Melissa Errico, Daniel Gerroll and Eric Stoltz, earlier this season. Three shows are currently running at the theatre, including The Plough And The Stars (April 3-May 11), and the solos The Invisible Man and The Nightingale And Not The Lark (both April 5-May 11).
--By David Lefkowitz