The Worth Street Theater Company commenced its "TriBeCa Playhouse Stage-Door Canteen" on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 PM. The variety show is open to the public but is intended to entertain any and all rescue workers at Ground Zero — Fire and Police department personnel, military, emergency workers, construction crews, etc.
The show, planned for at least four weeks, runs every Monday night at 7 PM, hosted by diva Queen Esther, the "Unemployed Superstar." Numerous personalities are being signed on for the show, among them Sandy Duncan, Daisy Eagan (both Oct. 22), comics Vicki Lewis and Mario Cantone, "The Guiding Light's" Bradley Cole, as well as Broadway stars like Aida's Adam Pascal.
Worth Street's artistic director Jeff Cohen said in a statement, "I was inspired by the unflagging hard work of the brave men and women at the site and wanted to contribute in some way to their efforts. And what better way than to put on a show! I'm extremely grateful for the out pouring of support from the entertainment community so far and hope to continue the Canteen for as long as it is needed."
The shows is performed at the TriBeCa Playhouse, located at 111 Reade Street at West Broadway. It will be open to the public, with free admission and no reservations. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with priority going to all rescue workers. Donations are also collected at each performance with all proceeds going to benefit the Twin Towers Fund. For more information, call (212) 571-1576.
— by Steve Luber