Night at Sardi’s
The event: The cast and filmmakers behind “Still Alice” were saluted at the annual celebrity music revue “A Night at Sardi’s” on Mar. 18 at the Beverly Hilton. The event, which benefited the Alzheimer’s Assn., also honored Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block with the Caregiver of the Year Award.
The scene: Maybe it’s no surprise that music revue performers McIntyre, Jessica Sanchez of “American Idol” and theater veterans including Jason Alexander, Josh Gad and Robert Morse can belt out a Broadway tune. But many other stars of stage and screen also showed they have impressive vocal talents.
Among them were Zachary Levi of “Chuck,” Hunter Parrish of “Still Alice,” Steven Weber of “Wings,” Lea Thompson of “Switched at Birth,” Timothy Omundson and Karen David of “Galavant” and Jenifer Lewis of “black-ish.”
More were Scott Porter of “Hart of Dixie,” Kerris Dorsey of “Ray Donovan,” Tyler Ritter and Jack McGee of “The McCarthys,” Beau Bridges of “Masters of Sex” and singers Grace Potter and Tammy Infusino.
Of course, during the cocktail hour, Bridges joked that before he stepped onto a Broadway stage just a few years ago, he didn’t know he could sing.
More participants: “We’re happy that we’re not singing,” said Kunal Nayyar, onstage with his “The Big Bang Theory” castmates Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons and Melissa Rauch. That said, the group — last year’s honorees — performed major production numbers in previous years, as shown in a film clip in which they sang “You Gotta Have Heart” with actor J.K. Simmons of “Whiplash” …
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As an aside, Maria Shriver – one of my favorite speakers at any event – closed her remarks by reading us all a poem she wrote. (Not a random occurrence, Shriver has read her poetic compositions at other events, too, such as The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Breakfast, when she introduced her longtime friend, Oprah Winfrey.)
Here’s Maria Shriver’s poem for the occasion …
I’m still here. Still breathing, Still being. Still walking next to you. Don’t you see me? Don’t you hear me? Can’t you feel me? I’m not gone. I’m crying out. Out to you. I’m screaming so you’ll hear me. So you’ll see me. So you feel that I’m still here.
Don’t you see that I’m not wiped out. I’m still here. Wipe out this disease that is stealing my mind. Wipe out the disease that is stealing me from you. Wipe out this disease. But please don’t wipe out me.
Hallelujah. Amazing grace. Almighty father. Can’t you hear? Glory Hallelujah. Mother Mary, can’t you see? Don’t make me bargain with the devil.
I’m still here. I’m still breathing. I’m still thinking, still standing next to you. Why can’t you see me? Why can’t you love me? I’m going crazy because you can’t see that I’m still here.
Wipe out what’s blocking you. Wipe out the lies. Wipe out your sad beliefs. But don’t wipe me out. I’m here. My soul still aches. My soul still breathes. My heart still breaks because you’re wiping out me.
Sing Glory Hallelujah. Amazing Grace. Sing whatever makes you remember that I’m still here. See me dance. See me laugh. See me throw my hair. See my wildness. See my beauty. See that I’m still here.
Please be still my quiet love. Please be quiet and lay down your busy, busy life. In your stillness you will see that I am still me. So be still. Be still. Be still and when you wake, work hard to wipe this out.
Wipe out the pain. Wipe out the fear. But don’t wipe me out because remember: I’m still here.
Photos, this page…
Top photo: “The Big Bang Theory” cast members from left, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting onstage at the 23rd annual “A Night at Sardi’s” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/ AP Images)
Second photo: Jason Alexander opened the show with two tunes from “Cabaret,” the lyrics changed to remind the audience to donate “Money” at “A Night at Sardi’s” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/ AP Images)
Third photo: Zachary Levi of “Chuck” sang “Feeling Good” from “Roar of the Greasepaint” at “A Night at Sardi’s” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/ AP Images)
Fourth photo: Event founders and co-chairs Laurie Burrows Grad and Peter Grad speak at the 23rd annual “A Night at Sardi’s” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/ AP Images)
Fifth photo: “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sanchez sang a powerful “I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls” at “A Night at Sardi’s” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/ AP Images)
Sixth photo: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, left, and Maria Shriver, who spoke on behalf of the “Still Alice” filmmakers, at “A Night at Sardi’s” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo by John Shearer/ Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/ AP Images)
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Published Mar. 21, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, SocietyNewsLA.com