Photo by Chris Owyoung
01 Mar 2011
Liza Minnelli, Marc Kudisch, Montego Glover, Nancy Anderson and more took part in a musical tribute to late Associated Press theatre critic Michael Kuchwara, held Feb. 28 at Birdland.
Julie Halston hosted the evening. Proceeds will go to The Michael Kuchwara Fund benefiting Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF).
Kuchwara — a theatre reporter and critic for more than 25 years — was respected and beloved for his even-tempered reviews and thorough reporting. In May 2010, following a brief illness, Kuchwara’s untimely passing was linked to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Here is a look at the starry tribute:
“In his honor and to increase awareness of this fatal disease, his friends are putting on a show just for him,” according to the organizers. “Using his writings over the last 25 years, some of his favorite stars have been invited to perform songs from some of his favorite shows.”
A Benefit Evening Honoring Michael Kuchwara featured Klea Blackhurst, Kevin Chamberlin, Alison Fraser, Montego Glover, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Ralph Howard, Marc Kudisch, Sally Mayes, Michael McCormick, Lindsay Mendez, Noah Racey, Sherie Rene Scott, Mary Testa, Betsy Wolfe and surprise guests. The benefit was directed by Carl Andress with musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello and musical preparation by Ed Windels. The show is written by D. Michael Dvorchak and Julie Halston.
If you would like to make a donation to The Michael Kuchwara Fund, contact www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org