Joanna Gleason, Andrea McArdle, Brad Oscar, Laura Osnes and Karen Ziemba will star in the 2017 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting the Humane Society of New York, on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below.
James L. Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization, will be awarded the Humane Society of New York’s Sandy Fund Award in recognition of his deep concern and support for the needs of rescued animals. Best in Shows, presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, will have music direction by Seth Rudetsky, who will also host.
Mr. Nederlander has a special connection to The Sandy Fund, which is named in honor of the original canine star of Broadway’s Annie. It was his father, James M. Nederlander, who produced the legendary musical and so gave Sandy his very first acting job. Sandy quickly became a Broadway star, playing 2,363 performances of Annie on Broadway, and performed for two American Presidents at the White House. The Sandy Fund Award will be presented by Andrea McArdle, who created the role of Annie.
Best in Shows will feature performances by Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels),Andrea McArdle (Annie, State Fair), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten, The Producers), Laura Osnes(Bandstand, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Karen Ziemba (Prince of Broadway, Contact) and more to be announced.