Q's Harada and Bee's Ferguson Host Vineyard Gala; Tony Winner Buckley Performs

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The annual Spring Gala to benefit Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre will be held Monday, May 23 at the Tribeca Rooftop.
Ann Harada
Ann Harada

The evening, which will be hosted by Avenue Q's Ann Harada and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee's Jesse Tyler Ferguson will also feature a special performance by Tony Award winner Betty Buckley, who starred in the Vineyard's production of Nicky Silver's The Eros Trilogy.

The gala, set for 6 PM, will begin with cocktails, followed by dinner and Buckley's performance. A silent auction will also be part of the evening, and guests are scheduled to include Kevin Bacon, Kirsten Childs, Patricia Clarkson, Joe Morton, Nicky Silver, Kyra Sedgwick, Paula Vogel and Doug Wright.

Betty Buckley offered acclaimed performances in Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776 and Promises, Promises. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the Broadway production of Cats, and she starred on the London stage in Promises, Promises and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter. Also a TV ("Eight Is Enough") and film (Tender Mercies) star, the actress-singer devotes much of her time to concert appearances around the world. Her solo CD, "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar Warehouse," was nominated for a Grammy Award, and her newest recording, "The Doorway," is her first for the Fynsworth Alley label. The actress was also seen on the final three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series "Oz," the detective drama "Monk" as well as the Lincoln Center revue, Elegies: A Song Cycle.

Ann Harada is currently starring on Broadway as Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q. She has also been seen on the Main Stem in Seussical and M. Butterfly, and her other theatrical credits include Falsettoland; The Moment When; 1,2,3,4,5; Working; Golden Child; Scapin; and Das Barbecü. Harada was also part of the benefit concerts of Chess and Children of Eden.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, currently performing at Circle in the Square in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, appeared on Broadway in the Public Theater's revival of On the Town. His other theatrical credits include Where Do We Live, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Little Fish, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and newyorkers as well as the City Center Encores! production of Hair. Ferguson's screen credits include "Absolutely Fabulous," "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal," "Ordinary Sinner" and "Mercury in Retrograde." The Vineyard's current season concludes with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros The Argument. Past productions include How I Learned to Drive, Three Tall Women, The Dying Gaul, Fully Committed and Avenue Q. Douglas Aibel is the artistic director of the Off-Broadway theatre company.

The Tribeca Rooftop is located at 2 Debrosses Street, one block below Canal Street. Single tickets are priced at $500 with tables of ten priced $5,000-$10,000. For reservations or more information, call (212) 353-3366, ext. 238.

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