Kudos to the charity mavens. The next few weeks on the benefit circuit are crammed with innovative, interesting, sparkly events.
At the top--The Friends of the Joffrey Ballet spotlight some other dancers, saluting MGM musical stars June Allyson, Leslie Caron, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds, at a party March 28 at the Filmland Corporate Center. There will be film clips and lots of other goodies, compliments of Turner Entertainment Co. and MGM/UA, according to James Watterson who is Friends special events committee co-chair.
And there's a gala show produced by Jerold Franks, who does the annual Thalians event.
Another special evening comes March 23 when, at the Tom Bradley Theater at the L.A. Theatre Complex, Tony Bill directs a dramatic reading of Studs Terkel's "Hard Times--An Oral History of the Great Depression." It's a benefit for the Midnight Mission and Bill has lined up an outstanding cast, including John Lithgow, Tyne Daly, Barry Bostwick, Marsha Mason, Elliott Gould, Ned Beatty and JoBeth Williams. For those with $75 or $125 tickets, the organizers have thrown in a reception where one gets to mingle with the cast.
YUMMY--From those who miss New York deli (despite the longtime presence of Beverly Hills' Nate 'N' Al's), Marvin Davis is putting together the journey to the West Coast of Manhattan's Carnegie Deli. The corned beef and bagels at the Beverly Hills branch will be imported--but reportedly Davis has put together a full slate of local celeb shareholders.