Betty White stepping into the role of Rose again. Or will she be Blanche? Or Dorothy? Or is she the perfect age to be Sophia?
We know Betty will be doing one of the roles and her Hot in Cleveland castmates Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick will be doing the others in a benefit reading for The Celebration Theatre on April 26.
It’s all part of the theatre’s annual Vibrant Voice Awards benefit event. The 2014 awards will be presented to Wendie Malick and Robert Forster, and there will be special appearances by Sean Hayes and other stars to be announced.
The Vibrant Voice Award is presented annually in recognition of long-term support of Celebration Theatre as well as spreading the word about the work and mission of Celebration.
Past recipients of the award have included Leslie Jordan and Sharon Lawrence.
I’m happy to spread the word about what sounds like a can’t-miss event!
Tickets for the Celebration Theatre’s 31st Anniversary benefit event are available at three price levels. Gold tickets are $500 each and include priority seating for the show, an exclusive meet-and-greet with the stars, a souvenir poster, and priority entrance to the post-performance party on the set of Hot in Cleveland. Silver tickets are $250 and Bronze tickets are $100 (both include show and party). All ticket purchases are tax-deductible and can be purchased online at www.celebrationtheatre.com or by phone at (323) 957-1884.
Directing duties will be shared by Celebration Co-Artistic Director and Ovation Award-winner Michael Matthews and Ryan Bergmann. The evening will also feature a raffle for a walk-on role in a future Hot in Cleveland episode.
The Hot in Cleveland sound stage is located at CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Avenue in Studio City. Complimentary parking will be available.
A little background on Celebration Theatre: It was founded in 1982 and now in its 31st season. The theatre is a community of artists dedicated to presenting innovative, provocative and relevant work that examines the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer experience. It provides a supportive forum for professional and emerging writers, directors, designers and performers, giving voice to the full experience of gay culture. The theatre endeavors to challenge society’s perception of the community and give a vibrant voice to its evolving identity.