Concerts saluting the Richard Rodgers centennial will be held in Los Angeles in November to benefit The Actors' Fund of America.
Entitled Something Wonderful: The Richard Rodgers Centennial, the concerts are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 PM and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 PM. As of press time, those performers scheduled to take part in the event include Christine Andreas, John Barrowman, Patrick Cassidy, Tyne Daly, Nancy Dussault, Estelle Harris, Gregory Harrison, Shirley Jones, Dale Kristien, Lorenzo Lamas, Michele Lee, Karen Mason, Marilyn Lovell Matz, Rita Moreno, Patricia Morrison, Pamela Myers, Hugh Panaro, Valarie Pettiford, Linda Purl, John Raitt, Alice Ripley, Honey Sanders and Lesley Ann Warren. Gordon Davidson will be honored at the event, which boasts Mary Rodgers and Julie Rodgers as Honorary Chairpersons.
During his lifetime, Richard Rodgers penned over 900 songs. His partnerships with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II produced some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. His works with Hart included On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey and By Jupiter, and the Rodgers-Hammerstein collaboration spawned Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. The hit revival of Oklahoma! currently plays Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, The Boys from Syracuse is now at the American Airlines Theatre, and Flower Drum Song returns to The Great White Way this month.
Something Wonderful will be held in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Los Angeles' Cal State. Tickets, priced between $50 and $250, are available by calling (323) 933-9266, ext. 54 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Actors' Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Its headquarters and The Aurora Residence are located in New York City, and its nursing home and assisted living care facility are in Englewood, New Jersey. —By Andrew Gans