Verdon, Channing and Allen Promised at June 15 Sweet Charity Benefit

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is planning a reunion of Charity Charitys for charity June 15.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is planning a reunion of Charity Charitys for charity June 15.

Sweet Charity composer Cy Coleman told Playbill On-Line he's seeking stars who have appeared in the title role (and others) to perform in relay at a special concert version of the 1966 musical at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. BC/EFA's Kevin Duncan said he has confirmed the participation of Gwen Verdon, Debbie Allen, Donna McKechnie, Bonnie Langford (the London Charity), Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth and Carol Channing to appear, and he's seeking others.

Coleman said the hooker chorus of The Life will sing "Big Spender" and the Broadway Chorus singers will perform "I'm a Brass Band" and "The Rhythm of Life." Channing will do a cameo as the Good Fairy.

BC/EFA executive Tom Viola said tickets are not yet on sale for the event.

Coleman, who wrote the show with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, said he envisions the show being performed with different actors playing the characters in each scene. He said he wants Verdon, who originated the role, to perform the show's hit, "If My Friends Could See Me Now," which became her signature song. He said Verdon will recreate some of Bob Fosse's choreography for the benefit. No ticket information was available as of April 7. Playbill On-Line will report more details as they become available.

-- By Robert Viagas

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