The Best of Broadway & Cabaret will come out in support of the Actors’ Temple, (est. 1917) on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The Fourth Annual Concert Fundraiser will take place at the Temple, 339 West 47th Street. This musical celebration will benefit the theater district historic landmark which has been struggling to survive in recent years.
Performers donating their time and talent performing songs from "The Jewish American Songbook" include: Isaac Blech, Stephen Bogardus, Bernard Dotson, Beth Fowler, Deborah Grausman, Valerie Lemon, Dana Lorge, William Michals, Barbara Minkus, Mark Nadler, Lee Roy Reams, Eric Rudy, Camille Saviola, Lauren Schaffel, and Marilyn Sokol. Paul Chamlin will musical direct. Producer Randie Levine-Miller will also host.
According to Randie Levine-Miller (her 4th year producing and hosting the event): "In the old days, Actors’ Temple member, Sophie Tucker would get the Shuberts to donate a theater & she would produce an annual show. The money raised would help pay for the temple’s yearly expenses. Now they just have me to gather my theater and cabaret performer friends. It’s always a swell party, as well as a mitzvah!"
Rabbi Jill Hausman said: "We’re hoping this year’s benefit will help us to restore the beautiful stained glass windows as well as other parts of our aged synagogue which are in dire need of repair." Actors’ Temple President, Robert Reicher added: "Our goal is to strengthen our ties to the New York theater community and restore our shul to its original beauty, as it was when Sophie Tucker, Jack Benny and Al Jolson were members."
Tickets are $125 for the Concert only; $275 includes the VIP/Cast After-Party at Tony’s di Napoli Restaurant, 147 West 43rd Street; Patron tickets are $1,000 which includes 2 Concert tickets, VIP/Cast After-Party, as well as Dinner for 2 at a fine New York Restaurant.
For tickets, contact:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-362-3616 or send check to The Actors’ Temple, PO Box 2620, New York, NY 10108 — Credit Cards also accepted. Pay online at www.theactorstemple.org; Tickets held at the door.
Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Legendary members of the congregation included: Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, George Jessel, Al Jolson, Sandy Koufax, Jack E. Leonard, Joe E. Lewis, Tony Martin, the Ritz Brothers, Edward G. Robinson, William B. Williams, Shelly Winters, Henny Youngman, amongst many others.