Sherie Rene Scott's Evening of Worship Raises Big Money for Newman's Health Initiative

News   Sherie Rene Scott's Evening of Worship Raises Big Money for Newman's Health Initiative Sherie Rene Scott's You May Now Worship Me, which was presented March 31 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, raised $200,000 for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors Fund of America.
Sherie Rene Scott
Sherie Rene Scott

The evening was in lieu of the annual Nothin' Like a Dame concert, which features a host of theatre gals lending their talents to benefit Newman's Health Initiative.

You May Now Worship Me was conceived and written by Scott and Tony nominee Dick Scanlan. Michael Mayer directed the performance, which featured musical direction by Tom Kitt.

You May Now Worship Me was billed as "Scott's collection of deeply personal stories. From her childhood in Topeka to her eventual rise to Broadway semi-star, this is her truth, her whole truth, and nothing but her truth… only better. Featuring songs made famous by such icons as Judy Garland, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits, and Mr. Rogers, You May Worship Me Now reminds us that none of us are in Kansas anymore."

The sold-out performance included a number of celebrity attendees, including Jonathan Groff, Jane Krakowski, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phyllis Newman, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelli O'Hara, Thomas Schumacher, Francesca Zambello and The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis and Tituss Burgess.

Scott presented Phyllis Newman and Actors Fund president Brian Stokes Mitchell with the $200,000 check.

*

The Actors Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Since 1996, The Actors Fund has focused on helping women in the industry who are coping with critical health concerns through The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. Initiated by Actors' Fund Trustee Newman, the Women's Health Initiative offers a roster of services to help women access health care and to coordinate support services.

Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phyllis Newman at the <i>Worship</i> fundraiser.
Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phyllis Newman at the Worship fundraiser. Photo by Aubrey Reuben