Mary Tyler Moore will turn Pittsburgh on with her smile in a benefit for Pittsburgh Public Theater May 28. Tickets go on sale March 1.
TV, film and stage star Moore will present her one-woman reminiscence, After All...An Evening With Mary Tyler Moore, at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets range $15-$80 (and higher for choice seats).
The evening includes Moore (TV's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," filmdom's "Ordinary People") musing about her career and taking questions from the audience.
There are also a number of "best seats" tickets, which include pre-show cocktails and hors doeuvres and a private post-show reception with Moore. The best seats at the benefit are $600 (for grand tier boxes) and $500 (for front rows). "Premium seats," with the receptions included, can be had for $350.
Moore, of course, was considered the classic modern American woman roughly 1960-1980, first playing Laura Petrie, the 1960s housewife on TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and then as single, thirtysomething working-woman Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Her stage roles have included Holly Golightly in the failed musical, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and also the hospitalized quadriplegic in Broadway's Whose Life Is It Anyway? She won a Tony for the latter.
She also appeared in the films "Ordinary People" and the TV movie, "First You Cry."
Moore's visit is sponsored by Mellon Bank, allowing Pittsburgh Public Theater to reap maximum benefit from the event. The non-profit LORT theatre is looking ahead to its 1999-2000 season, when it will move into a newly constructed theatre in downtown Pittsburgh.
For ticket information, call (412) 392-4900 or (412) 321-9800.
-- By Kenneth Jones