Danza, Murphy, Neuwirth, Simon, Schoenfeld Join Sardi Memorial

News   Danza, Murphy, Neuwirth, Simon, Schoenfeld Join Sardi Memorial
Bebe Neuwirth, the NYPD Mounted Police and the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard will join the previously announced Elaine Stritch and Harold Prince in memorializing the late restaurateur Vincent Sardi, Jr. at a ceremony at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre March 13 at 12 noon.

Gerald Schoenfeld will emcee the event. Tony Danza, Donna Murphy and Neil Simon will be among the audience members.

Also as previously announced, Sardi's son, David Sardi, and Sardi's daughter, Etsko Tazaki, an internationally acclaimed pianist, will appear during the event, which will include performances and reminiscences. Donald Sadler will provide staging.

Sardi, the owner of the famed theatre-district restaurant Sardi's on West 44th Street, passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 91.

Neuwirth recently returned to the revival of Chicago, which won her a Tony Award, as did her role in a revival of Sweet Charity. Schoenfeld, the chairman of the Shubert Organization, is the person for whom the theatre is named, and the famed playwright Simon also has a theatre named for him. Danza starred in the TV series "Who's the Boss?" and is currently starring in The Producers. Murphy, who will appear in the upcomign LoveMusik, won Tonys for The King and I and Passion.

In its heyday, Sardi's was the watering hole for all of Broadway, and the walls are lined with framed caricatures of Broadway greats. Sardi took over the restaurant when his father retired in 1947. He sold it in 1985 but resumed ownership in 1990, and ran it until he retired in 1997 to live in Warren, VT. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is located in Manhattan at 236 West 45th Street.

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