Sally Rand Celebration to Include Bishop, McKechnie, Neuwirth and Wilson

News   Sally Rand Celebration to Include Bishop, McKechnie, Neuwirth and Wilson A star-studded celebration of the life of Sally Rand will be held June 27 at Manhattan's Town Hall.

Entitled FANS! A Sally Rand Centennial Celebration, those scheduled to take part in this dance-entertainment tribute include Kelly Bishop, Barbara Bruno, Carleton Carpenter, Marge Champion, Mercedes Ellington, Carlin Glynn, Michael McGrath, Donna McKechnie, Patrice Munsel, Bebe Neuwirth, Rex Reed, Angie Schworer, Julie Wilson and Deborah Wingert. Tony Stevens will direct the 7 PM event, which was written by Deborah Grace Winer and will feature costumes by Paul Foltz. The celebration, according to production notes, is described as "an evening of fans, bubbles, dance, stories and song." Born Harriet Gould Beck in Elkton, MO, in 1904, Sally Rand is best known for her "fan dance." She caught the eye of film director Max Sennett and was later cast in Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings." She was also an exotic dancer in burlesque and introduced her provocative dance, using ostrich feathers, at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. She thought of herself as a "terpsichorean artiste" rather than a stripper or exotic dancer. Rand died in Glendora, CA, August 31, 1979.

The one-night-only celebration will benefit Animal Haven, a non-profit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area. Visit www.AnimalHavenShelter.org for more information.

Town Hall is located in New York at 123 West 43rd Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Tickets, priced $35, $55, $65 and $75, are now on sale by calling (212) 840-2824 or (212) 307-4100.

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