All-Star Jule Styne Celebration to Benefit BC/EFA Canceled

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Let Us Entertain You: The All-Star Jule Styne Celebration, announced for Nov. 8 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, has been canceled.

The evening, a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was scheduled to include performances by Carol Channing, Barbara Cook, Tyne Daly, Sandy Duncan, Angela Lansbury, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams and Patrick Wilson. In a statement, BC/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola said, "BC/EFA regrets that the gala event celebrating Jule Styne's 100th birthday, 'Let Us Entertain You' . . . has been canceled. Unfortunately the mounting costs of producing a live event for a high-end audience that would also be taped for broadcast were unsustainable. BC/EFA produces first class events. But we do that in order to fulfill our mission as a grant making organization to both The Actors' Fund and over 480 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide. Breaking-even is not an option. I deeply regret that we will cannot move forward on what certainly would have been a memorable evening. I especially appreciate the gracious understanding that Margaret Styne and the Styne office have brought to this difficult decision."

The late Jule Styne's Broadway composing credits include High Button Shoes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan and Gypsy. Among his catalog of tunes are such ditties as "Time After Time," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," "It's Magic," "People," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!," "Never Never Land," "Small World," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Just in Time."

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