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Actors Temple Concert Benefit

Jackie Hoffman, Sal Viviano
Randie Levine-Miller

A Star-Studded Concert to Save the Historic Actors Temple
By Ellis Nassour
 

Artists from Broadway, Off Broadway, and cabaret starred in A Salute the Actors Temple, a musical celebration to benefit the historic Actors Temple at 339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, on Sunday [November 21].

 Photography By Barry Gordin

 

Jackie Hoffman, Sal Viviano
Randie Levine-Miller

A Star-Studded Concert to Save the Historic Actors Temple
By Ellis Nassour
 

Artists from Broadway, Off Broadway, and cabaret starred in A Salute the Actors Temple, a musical celebration to benefit the historic Actors Temple at 339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, on Sunday [November 21].

 Photography By Barry Gordin

 

Douglas J. Cohen, Dennis Buck, Jackie Hoffman, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Christina Bianco, Sal Viviano

The headliners were Raissa Katona Bennett, Christina Bianco, Len Cariou, Douglas J. Cohen, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, Jamie deRoy, Beth Fowler, Anita Gillette, Jackie Hoffman, George S. Irving, Alice Levine, Kurt Peterson, Wade Preston, Steve Ross, Cheryl Stern, Martin Vidnovic, and Sal Viviano. Dennis Buck was music director. Randie Levine-Miller, in addition to opening the benefit with a song, was producer. Theatrical producer Carol Ostrow and Mike Libien were among those helping to underwrite the event.



Len Cariou, Carol Ostrow

"There’s so much history at the Actors Temple," says Levine-Miller, "but it’s not the well- heeled or solvent organization it used to be. The temple had some legendary names in show business, a virtual Who’s Who, as members."
 
They include Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Alan King, Sandy Koufax, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Henny Youngman, Edward G. Robinson, Joe E. Lewis, and Joey Adams. The latest new member is Jackie Hoffman, who was recently wed there. Actors Temple president Dan Feld and Rabbi Jill Hausman welcomed guests.

 





Wade Preston, Renee Greenstein

"It’s wonderful so many talented people of different faiths are coming together to lend their talents in support of the synagogue," said Rabbi Hausman. "It’s been a part of the Broadway community’s history since 1923. Talent from vaudeville, cabaret, television, and the theater made the synagogue home, but the temple has always been a place of acceptance for all. With this event, we’re building on that legacy and bringing the synagogue into a new era so we can continue to be a place of service, creativity, connection, and spiritual growth."
An after-party followed at Tony’s Di Napoli, Times Square.

Len Cariou, Patrick Christiano
Jamie deRoy
Ellis Nassour, Rabbi Jill
Jamie deRoy, Randie Levine-Miller, Renee Greenstein
(Cast Party) @ Tony’s DiNapoli Debra Kusnetz, Jane Goldman, Lia Schorr, , Carol Ostrow
Randie Levine-Miller, Christina Bianco
Sal Viviano, Cheryl Stern, Douglas S. Cohen
Rabbi Jill
Martin Vidnovic
Len Cariou
Randie Levine-Miller, Dan Feld
Jamie deRoy
Cheryl Stern
Sal Viviano
Cheryl Stern
Anita Gillette
Anita Gillette
Wade Preston
Kurt Peterson
Christina Bianco
Steve Ross
Beth Fowler
George S. Irving
Raissa Katona Bennett
Jackie Hoffman
Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano
Alice Levine
Raissa Katona Bennett
Dan Feld, Randie Levine-Miller
Rabbi Jill
David & Sylvia Steiner
Steve Ross, Martin Vidnovic
Rabbi Jill, Martin Vidnovic
Beth Fowler, Barbara Fasano
Randie Levine-Miller, Ted Miller
Rabbi Jill, Sal Viviano, Ted Miller, Douglas J. Cohen
Raissa Katona Bennett, Kurt Peterson
Anita Gillette, George S. Irving
Anita Gillette, Rabbi Jill, George S. Irving
George S. Irving, Randie Levine-Miller
Randie Levine-Miller, Rabbi Jill
Jamie deRoy, Sal Viviano
Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Sal Viviano