Tyne Daly to Co-Host "Albee at 80" Celebration Feb. 4

News   Tyne Daly to Co-Host "Albee at 80" Celebration Feb. 4 Tyne Daly has signed on to co-host (with Bill Irwin) the Vineyard Theatre's upcoming "star-studded 80th birthday celebration" for playwright Edward Albee, Feb. 4.
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"Albee at 80: A Birthday Celebration," which will be held at New York City's Rainbow Room, will serve as the company's annual gala.

Daly joins previously announced Tony winners and Albee veterans Bill Irwin, Mercedes Ruehl and Marian Seldes, who are slated to appear at the event. Albee's longtime producer, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, will also take part in the tribute, which begins at 6 PM.

The event "will celebrate Mr. Albee's 50-year career as one of the world's leading dramatists as he turns 80 during this theatrical season," according to an announcement. (Albee's actual birthday is March 12.) The Vineyard presented the debut of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women in 1993.

Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Ruehl (The Goat, the upcoming Occupant) and Seldes(A Delicate Balance, Three Tall Women) will be among the roster of "actors and writers and other theatre artists" who will offer their salutations to Albee.

Several Albee works can be seen on the boards this season: Peter and Jerry (Second Stage), Me, Myself And I (McCarter Theatre) and revivals of The American Dream and The Sandbox (Cherry Lane Theatre) and Occupant (Signature Theatre).

Tickets for the Albee evening ($500-$2,500 and tables from $5,000-$25,000) at The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, are available by calling Vineyard's development department at (212) 353-3366 ext. 242. For more information visit vineyardtheatre.org.

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The Vineyard opened its 26th season with Julia Cho's The Piano Teacher starring Elizabeth Franz. The troupe will continue with the new musical The Slug Bearers of Kayroll Island (or the Friends of Dr. Rushower) by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy as well as Jenny Schwartz's God's Ear.