Sardi’s Benefit for Alzheimer’s
“A Night at Sardi’s” Goes Out with a “Bang”
After 24 years and more than 500 performances of show-stopping Broadway tunes by familiar actors and well-known faces, the “A Night at Sardi’s” benefit had its swan song with what turned out to be its most successful event.
Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Assn., the Mar. 9 affair at the Beverly Hilton hotel brought in more than $1.5 million, bringing the total taken in over the years to about $30 million.
Aside from a raucous finale by the cast of CBS’ hit “The Big Bang Theory” (more about that later), here are seven things you missed, if you weren’t there…
1. Taking on “A Chorus Line” number
“Pray for me,” Kaley Cuoco told us during cocktail hour as she sat beside fellow “Big Bang” cast members Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.
In honor of the late Peter Grad, who co-founded the event with wife Laurie Burrows Grad, Cuoco volunteered to sing the former TV executive’s favorite tune, “Dance 10, Looks 3,” from the musical “A Chorus Line.” Her concern?
“It’s my singing that’s a 3,” she said. (Turned out no prayers were needed — her talents proved an all-around 10.)
Click here to read my entire story in the Los Angeles Times and scroll down the page to see more pictures.
If you check out the story, you’ll see that more participants were honoree Keith Carradine (“Madam Secretary”), emcee David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), presenters Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen and performers Kerris Dorsey (“Ray Donovan”), Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Peter Gallagher (“The O.C.”), Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”), Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block), Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”), Robert Carradine (“Lizzie McGuire”), Karen David and Timothy Omundson (“Galavant”), Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Amy Pietz (“Caroline in the City”), Tracie Thoms (“Love” and “Send Me”), Jack McGee and Tyler Ritter (“The McCarthys”), Steven Weber (“Chasing Life”), singer Grace Potter and Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), who provided one of the night’s special highlights.
While the night’s 17 numbers primarily consisted of classic renditions of Broadway tunes, Foa instead elected to recall a “horrific and hilarious” production of “Les Miserables” performed, he said, in a community theater.
He then sang “One More Day” as the local crew’s main characters, who included a Jean Valjean “fresh off a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’” a Marius with jazz-hands, Cosette as a ‘hooty soprano,’ Javert in his late 100s,” and others.
Top photo: From left, Melissa Rauch, Kaley Cuoco and Mayim Bialik were among cast members of “The Big Bang Theory” who closed the show with songs from “Grease” at the Sardi’s benefit for Alzheimer’s (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Second photo: From left, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Johnny Galecki of “The Big Bang Theory” sang for the Sardi’s benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Third photo: Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen present a Sardi’s-style caricature of the late Peter Grad and event chair Laurie Burrows Grad at the Sardi’s benefit for Alzheimer’s (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Fourth photo: Kerris Dorsey, center, of “Ray Donovan” performs “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” from the musical “Beautiful” at the Sardi’s benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Fifth photo: Barrett Foa of “KCIS: Los Angeles” sang “One Day More” in the many voices of a so-called community theater production of “Les Miserables” at the Sardi’s benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Sixth photo: Despite her earlier concerns, Kaley Cuoco scored an all-around 10, singing “Dance 10, Looks 3” from “A Chorus Line at the Sardi’s benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Published Mar. 31, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA