by Ellis Nassour
Some are calling it "a once in a lifetime event"! It’s certainly and definitely an event. On January 14 at 7 P.M. original cast members and creators from the musicals Grease, Nine, and Grand Hotel are reuniting for an Actors Fund benefit to assist in aiding Kathi Moss, who appeared in all three, in Kathi Moss’ Rama-Lama- Ding Dong Reunion, and others in need. The one-night-only gala takes place at the Pershing Square Signature Center in the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre [480 West 42nd Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues]
Guests will also include replacements in the original productions, all of which had long runs. [Grease: 3,388 performances; Nine, 729; Grand Hotel, 1,017]. Several "special surprises" are planned.
Fundraiser proceed will assist in the care of Moss, who’s diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis. She originated the roles of Cha-Cha Di Gregorio in Grease; Saragina in Nine , performing the show-stopper "Be Italian"; and Madame Peepee in Grand Hotel .
Grease’s Tony-nominated and Drama Desk winning choreographer Pat Birch [a multiple Tony and Drama Desk nominee] will attend along with cast members Carole Demas. Josh Franklin, and Ilene Kristen [Roxie on One Life to Live]. Due to scheduling conflicts, Adrienne Barbeau and Barry Bostwick will be unable to attend but are sending messages.
From Nine, Tony Award winning composer Maury Yeston [also Grand Hotel] joins Tony nominee Karen Akers [also Grand Hotel], Jeanie Bowers, Shelly Burch. Andrew Casses, Julie Hafner, Taina Elg, Laura Kenyon, Dorothy Kiara, Nancy McCall, Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi [also Grand Hotel], Rita Rehn, Camille Saviola, Patrick Wilcox, and Alaina Warren Zachery.
Cast members from Grand Hotel will include Pierre Dulaine, Ken Jennings, Tony and Drama Desk nominee Jane Krakowski [Tony and Drama Desk winner, Nine revival; Olivier Award, Guys and Dolls; three-time Emmy-nominee, 30 Rock], Yvonne Marceau, Bob Stillman [two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee], Walter Willison [Tony nominee, Two by Two], and Penny Worth.
Cast members Kenyon and Willison are writing and directing Kathi Moss’ Rama-Lama-Ding Dong Reunion with musical supervision by Steve Ross, and music direction by Greg Jarrett and Daniel Sefik. Paul F. Burchett. Ted Seifman, and Nick Padgett are producing for the Actors Fund.
Tickets are $50 and $75 and available at Ticket Central, on their website, or by calling (212) 279-2400. For further information, visit www.KathiMoss.com