Sutton Foster, James Earl Jones, Rosie O'Donnell Set for "Global Celebration"; Chita Rivera Honored

News   Sutton Foster, James Earl Jones, Rosie O'Donnell Set for "Global Celebration"; Chita Rivera Honored "One World: A Spectacular Global Celebration" is the title of the annual Career Transition for Dancers' Anniversary Jubilee benefit, which is scheduled for Oct. 23 at New York's City Center.

The 7 PM event will, according to press notes, "showcase the bringing together of diverse cultures through the universal art form of dance." Sutton Foster, James Earl Jones and Rosie O'Donnell are all scheduled to appear at the one-night-only event, which will also boast performances by the American Ballet Theatre, BALAM Dance Theater, Ballet de Monterrey, Dance China NY, Donny Golden Irish Dance, Drum Café NY, Lorena Feijoo, Sachiyo Ito, The Joffrey Ballet, Eric Lewis, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Ologunde, Parul Shah Dance Co., Billy Porter, Noah Racey, Pilar Rioja, Rosie's Broadway Kids, Sounds of Korea, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and Mr. Wiggles. (The roster of participants is subject to change.)

The evening, which is being written by Deborah Grace Winer, will be produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo. Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will be honored with the Rolex Dance Award, and the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation will be presented with the CTFD Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of dance."

Career Transition for Dancers, founded in 1985, helps dancers establish new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its inception, the organization has helped over 3,200 professional dancers begin new careers. For more information about CTFD, visit www.careertransition.org.

Tickets for "One World: A Spectacular Global Celebration" are priced at $600 and $1,000, which includes the City Center performance (131 West 55th Street) and a post-performance Anniversary Supper at Hilton New York's Grand Ballroom. For tickets, call Marjorie Horne at (212) 228-7446, ext. 33.

Performance-only tickets — priced $45-$125 — are available by calling (212) 581-1212. Visit www.nycitycenter.org for more information.

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