Tony Awards Viewing Party Benefiting The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund's 17th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party
Tommy Tune Salutes Broadway’s Leading Ladies at L.A.’s Tony Awards Viewing Party 

 

 

Tommy Tune hosted the June 9 “Tony Awards Viewing Party,” benefiting The Actors Fund, starting out by singing and tap-dancing to a charming “Feeling Too Good Today Blues.”

“I am Tony’s tallest tapper on the tiniest tap stage,” said the 7-foot, 9-time Tony Award-winner. He stood on the platform beneath the giant -size TV screen at the Taglyan Center in Hollywood, set up there so that partygoers could watch the Tony telecast in real time, via a live feed from New York.

To read details of the party, click here for my story in the Culture Monster section of the Los Angeles Times. Party pictures are on this page. Below are the basics…

Probably L.A.’s best party for avid theater-goers, the crowd was filled with actors and entertainment professionals, including the night’s honorees: Marissa Jaret Winokur, Cathy Rigby, Nancy Dussault, Charlotte Rae, June Lockhart and Millicent Martin; special award recipient Anne Jeffreys; newscasters George Pennacchio and Wendy Burch; actors Iqbal Theba, Frances Fisher, Davis Gaines, Mickey Rooney, Loni Anderson, Stefanie Powers,  Mitzi Gaynor, Kate Linder and more; and champion skater Tai Babilonia.

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As befitting aficionados of the theater arts, partygoers saw a live show between the TV segments. Written and produced by David Rambo – a writer and co-executive producer of TV’s “Revolution” – the show included tributes to six of Broadway’s leading ladies, and a special salute to Anne Jeffreys.

For the Grand Finale, Marc Cherry brought all the honorees onstage. as he sang, “Hats off. Here they come – those beautiful girls.” And who, more than Cherry, could recognize a beautiful girl – he’s the gent who created “Desperate Housewives” and the soon-to-come “Devious Maids.”

Before the night ended, Tim Hanlon, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation, praised Tune and The Actors Fund.

“I want to say to Tommy Tune, Oh My God,” Hanlon said, before adding, “You don’t charge us enough to be presenting sponsor, and we will be back next year – but only if you double the price.” (With 400 witnesses in the audience, presumably this is an official, done deal.)

On the way out, Iqbal Theba, aka Principal Figgins of “Glee,” said he’d be returning next year too.

Jomarie Ward and John Holly co-chaired the event with founding producer Ted Abenheim and committee members Scott Appel, Barbara Allyne Bennet, Harlan Boll, Hollace Davids, Bonnie and David Frank, Dan Guerrero, Bridget Hanley, Don Hill, Paula Mitchell Manning, David Rambo, Marilyn Szatmary, Bonnie Tseng and Luke Yankee.

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More event sponsors were Corner Bakery, DIRECTV, Fourishing Art, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, Sextant Wines and United Airlines.

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Top photo: Tommy Tune started the show with a song and a tap dance at the Tony Awards Viewing Party benefiting The Actors Fund (photo: Nina Prommer)

Second photo: Tommy Tune, center, with Broadway’s leading ladies, from left, June Lockhart, Anne Jeffreys, June Lockhart, Millicent Martin, Charlotte Rae, Cathy Rigby and Marissa Jaret Winokur, plus producer Marc Cherry at the Tony Awards Viewing Party benefiting The Actors Fund (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

Third photo: Jane Lynch’s vast talent as a singer became apparent to the audience at the Tony Awards Viewing Party benefiting The Actors Fund, as she belted out her big number during the Tony telecast (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

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Fourth photo: Iqbal Theba of “Glee” said Jane Lynch was “awesome.” (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

Fifth photo: Producer Kate Edelman Johnson, left, and Stefanie Powers of “Hart to Hart” at the Tony Awards Viewing Party benefiting The Actors Fund (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

Sixth photo: “Desperate Housewives” producer Marc Cherry serenaded the honorees at the grand finale for the Tony Awards Viewing Party benefiting The Actors Fund (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

 

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Tony Awards Viewing Party Benefiting The Actors Fund

Published Tues., June 11 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA