Even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the theater community will not waver in their commitment to deliver quality entertainment to all. A stellar line-up of Broadway talent will come together for a special one-night return of the Rosie O’Donnell Show for the benefit of The Actors Fund.
According to Broadway.com, this unique musical event will be broadcast live on March 22 at 7:00 pm ET (7:00 AM Manila Time) on Broadway.com and Broadway.com’s YouTube channel. The event will be produced by music director John McDaniel and Erich Bergen (Waitress).
The program will feature the performances and appearances of some of the brightest stars on Broadway, all participating live from the comfort of their own homes. These include:
Bergen, Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Lorin Latarro, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Lea Salonga, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley, and many more.
O’Donnell encouraged audiences to support this wonderful event, saying in a statement:
“Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl. It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all Broadway has given to the world, now—in this time of tremendous need—it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And with a lineup like this, I dare you not to tune in.”
The Actors Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell said:
“Because social distancing is so important right now, this amazing benefit is an incredible show of support to lift spirits, bring us all together virtually and help The Actors Fund help those in need. Now more than ever, people in our community are depending on The Fund’s vital services. It’s critical that we be there for those in need, in particular our seniors and the immunocompromised individuals who need our help, as well as those in financial distress.”
This online concert is a reminder to all of the importance of the arts in providing hope and inspiration in troubled times. Broadway may be shut down for now but its spirit lives on.