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Don’t Miss December’s Special Performances Curtain Speeches: Andrew Rannells in The Book of Mormon and Joel Grey in Anything Goes

December 15, 2011

The last few weeks have been jam-packed with incredible events benefiting The Actors Fund. From events in Los Angeles (a Musical Monday with Betty Buckley and a reading of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Geffen Playhouse) to New York (performances of The Visit starring Chita Rivera and John Cullum and Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street) our minds are absolutely spinning at the amount of amazing talent – including actors, musicians, directors, dressers, make-up artists, stage managers, company managers, theatre managers, press agents, and many others – who are donating their time throughout the busy holiday season to support The Fund.

The Book of Mormon cast with Actors Fund Trustee Bebe Neuwirth before the December 7th Special Performance. Photo by Jay Brady.

This past week also featured two fabulous Actors Fund Special Performances, the amazingly electric shows that have been a popular part of the entertainment community for more than 80 years. Each year, Broadway companies in New York and on the road add an additional performance to one of their already exhausting eight-show weeks. Everyone involved – actors, musicians, crew, ushers, and more – generously donate their time so that all proceeds go to support The Actors Fund.

On December 7th, The Book of Mormon – the Tony-winning can’t-get-tickets-to-it show – finally had a chance to give its Special Performance, as the original date in September fell victim to the wrath of Hurricane Irene. An excited audience packed the Eugene O’Neill Theatre a Wednesday at 1pm, and in a single matinee the show’s team raised $250,000 to support The Fund’s programs and services! Andrew Rannells (Elder Price), followed the curtain call with this heartfelt curtain speech:

The company of Anything Goes. Photo by Jay Brady.

A few days later, the Roundabout Theatre Company‘s production of Anything Goes gave a spectacular Sunday night performance to a sold-out house, featuring the ailing Sutton Foster’s understudy Kristen Beth Williams. After the show, Tony and Oscar–winning legend Joel Grey gave one of the most incredible Actors Fund curtain speeches to date, kicking off with a little Cabaret treat. He went on to talk about his amazing Actors Fund Special Performance history (which began with Cabraret in the 1960s), then read an emotional text from Sutton Foster, who had so wished she could be there, which thanked Kristen for stepping in with her wonderful interpretation of Reno Sweeney.

The Fund would like to thank the actors, musicians, stage managers, theater managers, company managements, and the many others that are part of both of these wonderful shows – and all of the productions that offer Special Performances – for donating their time so that all proceeds go to The Actors Fund.

We can’t wait for January’s upcoming Special Performances of Follies (January 15) and Relatively Speaking (January 29), and are looking forward to the many, many more to come! To purchase tickets to these or any of our upcoming events benefiting The Fund, visit our website.

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