Arts & Artists at St. Paul's will present the sixth annual benefit concert -- "In Celebration of Life 6" -- to support the programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Momentum Project on Nov. 16 at 8 PM at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Avenue between 59th and 60th St. in New York.
The concert will feature a host of top Broadway and cabaret stars performing original never-before-heard songs written especially for the event. Featured this year are Rue McClanahan, Alix Korey, Judy Kuhn, Vicki Sue Robinson, Howard McGillin, Debra Monk (Steel Pier), Dee Hoty (The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public), Terri Klausner (Bed And Sofa), Randy Graff (City Of Angels), Portia Nelson, Ann Crumb (Anna Karenina). (Previously announced but bowing out of the event due to film and television commitments were Donna Murphy and Titanic's David Garrison.)
Also scheduled to appear are Side Show cast-members Alice Ripley, Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro and Phillip Officer; Titanic's Brian d'arcy James; Jessica Molaskey (Dream), Carolee Carmello (Falsettos), Brent Barrett (Grand Hotel).
Writing for the concert will be Alan Menken, Rupert Holmes, Billy Stritch, Michael Feinstein, Mark Waldrop, David Zippel, Lindy Robbins, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jeffrey Lodin, Robert Lindsey Nassif, John Bucchino and Jason Robert Brown. All songs are written specifically for the event, as when (last year) Dana Reeve sang a new tune to husband, Christopher Reeve.
Producing and directing the evening is John Znidarsic, who founded "Celebration" in 1990. General admission is $30; priority reserved seats are $60, which includes access to the post concert reception. All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Momentum outreach Project. To reserve tickets or for further information, please call (212) 265-3495 Ext. 309.
-- By Katia Lundy and David Lefkowitz