A Night At Sardi 2012
A-list stars did more than grace the Red Carpet at “A Night at Sardi’s,” the twentieth annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Kristen Bell of “House of Lies;” Zachary Levi of “Chuck;” Melora Hardin of “The Office;” Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother;” Marilu Henner of “Unforgettable;” Jon Lovitz of “Saturday Night Live;” Wayne Brady of “Whose Line Is It Anyway;” Lamorne Morris of “New Girl;” and many others – although primarily known as actors – brilliantly belted out show tunes for guests at the Mar. 21 gala at the Beverly Hilton. (Click here to see a gallery of 35 event photos.)
Zac Levi of “Chuck” strutted onstage in cowboy gear with a full complement of back-up singers for his upbeat rendition of “Oklahoma.”
Steven Weber of “Happy Town” speed-sang “Tchaikovsky” naming 50 Russian composers, “in about 38 seconds, give or take,” he said, adding, “please – do not time me.”
Scott Porter of “Hart of Dixie” performed a beautiful “Lost in the Wilderness” from “Children of Eden.”
Relaxing during the cocktail hour with other cast members of “The Big Bang Theory,” Simon Helberg said, “Together we make one singer.”
For their performance, the Big Bang singing team – which included Helberg, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik – turned into flower children for two numbers from “Hair.” For the finale, Helberg wore a pseudo-nude body suit.
To be sure, several of the night’s actor/singers had considerable musical theater experience, such as Patrick Cassidy of Broadway’s “42nd Street,” as well as TV’s “Ruby & the Rockits.” And there were also recording artists, such as Joey McIntyre of “New Kids on the Block,” in the mix.
Idina Menzel, a Tony Award-winner for “Wicked,” sang a duet with husband, Taye Diggs of “Private Practice.” Menzel now plays Rachel Berry’s birth mother on “Glee.”
David Hyde Pierce of “Frazier,” the night’s host, also won a best actor Tony, in his case, for the musical “Curtains.” He treated the audience to two tunes from “Spamalot.”
In commemoration of the milestone, Peter Gallagher of “The O.C.” and “Covert Affairs” sang “Luck be a Lady,” just as he did for the first-ever affair.
Taking the podium, Laurie Burrows Grad – co-chair with her husband Peter Grad – said $1.3 million was raised in the one night. Burrows Grad originated the Broadway-themed event to commemorate her father, the late theater legend: director/playwright Abe Burrows. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $21 million to fund research, care for those affected with the disease and promote brain health.
This year’s Abe Burrows Entertainment Award went to Ed Redlich, John Bellucci, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Jan Nash, executive producers of the CBS television series “Unforgettable.” Philanthropist Susan Disney Lord was named Caregiver of the Year.
Alfre Woodard of “Memphis Beat,” Ken Howard of “J. Edgar;” Sean Hayes of “ “Will & Grace;” Jane Seymour of “Love, Wedding, Marriage” and director James Keach of “Waiting for Forever” also participated in ceremonies.
More guests were Matt Lanter of “90210,” Torrey Devitto of “The Vampire Diaries,” Eva La Rue of “All My Children,” Ahna O’ Reilly “The Help,” Korrina Rico of “In Time;” and Alexandra Chando, Blair Redford and Allie Gonino of “The Lying Game.”
The dinner committee included Carrie Brillstein, Susan Dietz, Shelley Fabares, Beth Heffner, George-Ann Hyams, Patricia Stich Merchant, Judy Miller, Linnea Miron, Doreen Nortman, Nancy Cohen Paul, Pat George Rowland, Peter Safran, Jeff Smith, Maeve Solberg, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, Judy Wunsch and Jeannette Yazedjian. And the show’s ensemble cast consisted of Ray Garcia, Craig Lucas, Angel Redo, Leslie Stevens, Daniel Tatar, Yvette Tucker and Sal Vassallo.
Top photo: The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” as flower children, singing from “Hair”for A Night at Sardi 2012 – pictured left to right, top row: Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik; front row: Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki
Second photo: Power couple Idina Menzel of “Glee” and Taye Diggs of “Private Practice” sang “Ain’t Misbehavin'” for A Night at Sardi 2012
Third photo: Kristen Bell of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “House of Lies” sings “The Man I Love” at A Night at Sardi 2012
Bottom photo: Susan Disney Lord, left, recipient of the Caregiver of the Year Award, with event co-chair Laurie Burrows Grad, right, who originated A Night at Sardi in honor of her father, Broadway legend Abe Burrows, to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association
All photos on this page by Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for the Alzheimer’s Association
Click here to see a gallery of 35 photos of the stars, organizers and honorees at the arrivals, party and performances.
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A Night At Sardi 2012
Published Mar. 22, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA