The Roundabout Theatre Company, a 56-year-old organization held a fundraising gala titled Curtain Up, Light the Lights! in Central Park on Monday night. It was one of the first big events in the park since the start of the pandemic. At least $3 million was raised for the Roundabout, with video messages from Emma Stone, who played Sally Bowels in the Roundabout’s production of Cabaret, and Rachel Brosnahan, who made her Broadway debut in Clifford Odet‘s The Big Knife at the Roundabout in 2013.
There were also pre-taped performances by Harry Connick Jr and Whoopi Goldberg honoring Senator Chuck Schumer for his work in passing the Save Our Stages Act, which provides grants to performance venues severely impacted by the pandemic.
The 400 guests had to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination to attend before having their temperature taken upon check-in. They enjoyed an hour-long concert by Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski and The New York City Pops Symphony Orchestra. Tina Fey introduced her on the David Rockwell-designed stage set, cracking:
”I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I’m going to call it right now — we are going to see some dancers with low butts for the first couple of weeks, but after a month or so, they’re going to get back up to where they need to be. It’s going to be worth it. On the lighter side, all of the Evan Hansens are dating each other now. So, they made the best of the downtime.”
Ben Platt, who won a 2016 Tony Award for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen, is dating Noah Galvin, who replaced him in the hit Broadway musical. Platt stars in the film adaptation which will be released in September.
Fey joked about Krakowski, who was in the 2016 Roundabout production of She Loves Me, saying:
“She was famously dragged across the stage while doing a split. Not by Scott Rudin; it was part of the play.”
Rudin is the big deal gay producer of films and Broadway shows. In April 2021, a story in The Hollywood Reporter alleged numerous instances of abuse from Rudin towards employees, including throwing objects at employees, including a baked potato, and causing emotional abuse that is believed to have contributed to the suicide of a former assistant. Following the allegations, Rudin announced that he would be “stepping back” from his Broadway projects to “work on personal issues I should have worked on long ago”.
Earlier this year, Krakowski was the subject of a nutty Qanon conspiracy theory that she was dating My Pillow and MAGA salesman Mike Lindell.
“You’ve never met anyone who works harder than Jane, no one holds herself to a higher standard than Jane. She’s a consummate professional. She would never throw a baked potato at her assistant because Jane would never touch a baked potato. Please welcome my dear friend or, as her absolutely never was boyfriend would call her, ‘my pillow,’ Jane Krakowski.”
Krakowski finished her concert with I Happen To Like New York by Cole Porter.
Source: Daily Variety