Gerald Schoenfeld, longtime chairman of the Shubert Organization, didn't lack for first class entertainment on Nov. 2, when he was feted by the Actors' Fund of America. Broadway stars Betty Buckley (Sunset Boulevard), Bernadette Peters (Annie Get Your Gun), Nell Carter (Annie), Chita Rivera (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Donna Murphy and Judy Kuhn performed at the event, which was produced by Edgar Dobie. Peters, who began rehearsals on Annie Get Your Gun yesterday, entertained Schoenfeld with a selection from that musical, a slow version of "There's No Business Like Show Business." Carter, meanwhile, sang a medley of songs from the show that made her famous, Ain't Misbehavin'. Buckley came next, singing a number she's not usually associated with, Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." (Perhaps she wants to be cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of A Little Night Music.) Rivera concluded the show with "Before the Parade Passes By."
Schoenfeld received the Actors' Fund Medal. He has headed up the Shubert outfit since the '60s. Under his leadership, the organization has produced countless Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Previous recipients of the medal include producer Alexander H. Cohen (currently offering his autobiographical reminiscences off-Broadway in Star Billing) and actor George Burns.