A capacity crowd filled the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on Saturday night, and they thrilled to The Actors' Fund tribute to legendary Broadway composer Jule Styne. David Galligan directed the 7th Annual Actors' Fund Winter Concert.
After the 24 piece orchestra led by John McDaniel opened the show with the Gypsy overture - Randy Graff walked out and delighted the audience with her performance of "Some People." Randy Graff, Andrew Samonsky, Cathy Rigby, Mimi Hines, Karen Morrow, Ilene Graff, Steve Kirwan, Rod McKuen, Dale Kristien, Paul Ainsley and Gary Imhoff, Jason Alexander, Vicki Lewis, Charlotte Rae and Mark Smith, Jo Anne Worley, Robert Morse and Michael Nouri (in full drag), Alice Ripley, Sally Struthers (and her dog Bob), Bill Hutton, Carole Cook and Jon Maher, Nancy Dussault, Bruce Vilanch, Stefanie Powers, Leslie Uggams, Melissa Manchester, Sam Harris, Carol Channing and Tyne Daly also sung some of Styne's most beloved songs, from musicals such as Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, Do Re Mi, Peter Pan and Subways Are for Sleeping.
At the end of the show, the cast assembled for the finale--"Make Someone Happy." Margaret Styne, Jule Styne's widow, was in attendance with many of her family members cheering the cast on. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more on The Actors' Fund.
Stage shots by Chris Kane, backstage photos (and second Cathy Rigby stage shot) by Bill Dow
Joe Benincasa, Executive Director of the Actors' Fund
Rod McKuen and cast members
Robert Morse and Michael Nouri
"Be a Santa"
Carole Cook and Jon Maher
Cathy Rigby surprises the audience as she takes flight and sprinkes the audience with fairy dust
The cast takes a bow
Cathy Rigby, Carol Channing, Michael Nouri, event sponsor Gene Dickey and Carol Burnett have fun backstage at intermission
Post-party fun with Melissa Manchester, Tyne Daly and Leslie Uggams
Jon Maher and Carole Cook, who performed "Together" in the show, reiterate they are good friends as they give the ASL sign for "friends"
Doris Roberts, Jason Alexander and Warren Stevens
Mimi Hines, Ilene Graff and Karen Morrow
Celebrating a success with Director David Galligan, Stefanie Powers, Margaret Styne and Joe Benincasa
Nancy Dussault and Brenda Vaccaro
Actors' Fund Executive Director Joe Benincasa with the show's Musical Director John McDaniel
Margaret Styne (widow of Jule Styne), flanked by her children, was on hand for and thrilled with the program