Stars of stage, screen and television came out to celebrate Broadway’s Biggest Night at The Actors Fund’s 19th Annual Tony Awards® Viewing Party, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on June 7, 2015.
This year’s spectacular gala was hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winner and three-time Tony Award® nominee Kate Burton, and presentations of the Artistic Achievement Award to four legendary leading men of Broadway - Theodore Bikel, Tim Curry, Alfred Molina and Joe Morton.
The evening’s program featured red carpet arrivals, cocktails, silent auction, dinner, surprise guest performances and the live telecast of the Tony Awards®. The event was presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored by United Airlines, SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, Writers Guild of America West, DIRECTV, Screen Engine, The Nederlander Organization, CTBC Bank Corp, Masque Sound, Shaw & Halseth, Devotion Vodka and Sextant Wines.
The evening kicked off with a rocking performance of “The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Show” featuring Sebastian La Cause (“Orange Is The New Black”), Renée Marino (“Jersey Boys”), Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”) and Western Council co-chair Ilene Graff. Honoree Tim Curry watched on in delight from his table nearby.
Miles Brown, the 10-year-old star of ABC’s “Blackish,” brought down the house with his rendition of “Sidewalk Tree” from the 1973 Broadway musical “Raisin,” which Joe Morton received his Tony nomination for.
Jennifer Shelton delivered a beautiful performance of “Far From The Home I Love” from “Fiddler On The Roof” to pay tribute to Alfred Molina.
Cheyenne Jackson took to the stage to honor dear friend Alfred Molina with his glorious take on the Elton John classic “Your Song.”
The Actors Fund was delighted to have Mireille Enos (ABC’s The Catch”), Calum Worthy (Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally”) and Lee Meriwether make special presentations about the evening's silent auction items and fundraising efforts.
Among the other celebrities in attendance were Gabrielle Carteris, Kevin Chamberlin, Patrick Fabian, Davis Gaines, Anne Jeffreys, Kate Linder, Millicent Martin, Alan Mandell, Lee Meriwether, Charlotte Rae, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Alan Ruck, Sharon Stone, Nick Verreos, Bruce Vilanch and Lisa Ann Walter.
The Tony Awards® broadcast portion of the evening's event is made possible with the kind permission of Tony Awards® Productions, The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, DIRECTV and CBS.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone—performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 21,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has been—for 133 years—a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.