A Night At Sardi’s takes a final bow March 9 in Beverly Hills

Jason Alexander performs at A Night At Sardi's (photos by MargieBarron)

Jason Alexander performs at A Night At Sardi’s (photo by MargieBarron)

“A Night At Sardi’s” star-studded one-night-only musical revue has been produced for more than two decades to benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. Each year it has the most talented stars putting on a show. This year will be no exception, with a lineup of hot TV stars doing musical numbers that reflected the “Best of Broadway” theme, and the grand finale that will create an unforgettable memory.

A Night At Sardis (photo by MargieBarron)

A Night At Sardi’s 2015 (photo by MargieBarron)

But this year will be different because the 24th annual Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s,” to be held on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, will be the last show.

With the passing of her husband Peter Grad, Laurie Burrows Grad, who co-founded and co-chaired the event with him for 23 years, Laurie has indicated that this will be the final Alzheimer’s Association gala known as “A Night at Sardi’s.” She explained, “I’ve poured my heart and soul into ‘A Night at Sardi’s’ for 24 years. It has truly been a labor of love, and until this year that has been shared by my husband Peter.”

She added, “I will continue to support the Alzheimer’s Association and its critical work, and am committed to others who are opening the doors in the Alzheimer’s space, including Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen who have started ‘Hilarity for Charity’ as part of the Alzheimer’s Association. I hope that others will remain dedicated to its achievable goal of a world without Alzheimer’s.”

“A Night at Sardi’s” has raised more than $28 million for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Chaired this year by Laurie Burrows Grad, James Burrows and Nicholas Grad, the evening will pay special tribute to the late Peter Grad by honoring him with the Philanthropy Award for making “A Night at Sardi’s” a success for 23 years alongside his wife. They began the event in honor of Laurie’s father, the late playwright/director Abe Burrows (Guys & Dolls), who died of Alzheimer’s disease.

This year’s event will also present the Caregiver of the Year Award to actor and musician, Keith Carradine for his strong vocal advocacy on behalf of those impacted by the disease. Carradine has been personally involved in the Alzheimer’s community for a number of years since the diagnosis of his wife Hayley DuMond’s father. Carradine can boast of over seventy feature films, five Broadway shows and is currently on the CBS hit series Madame Secretary. He won an Academy Award for the song “I’m Easy,” which he wrote and performed in Robert Altman’s Nashville.

“It seems everyone I know or meet is somehow impacted by the scourge that is Alzheimer’s. We can and must find a cure,” said Keith Carradine.

Lea Thompson

The star-studded event will feature TV, film and Broadway’s hottest talent covering “Broadway’s Best” songs. This year’s participants include the return of The Big Bang Theory cast (Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons and Melissa Rauch), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), Karen David (Galavant), Kerris Dorsey (Ray Donovan), Peter Gallagher (Center Stage: Dance Camp), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Jack McGee and Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys), Joey McIntyre (New Kids On The Block), Timothy Omundson (Galavant), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Amy Pietz (Halfway), Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth), Steven Weber (NCIS: New Orleans), Seth Rogen (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), and many other hot stars.

Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Kaley Cuoco, Margie Barron, Karen David enjoying A Night At Sardi's

Kaley Cuoco, Margie Barron, Karen David enjoying A Night At Sardi’s

Visit alz.org/sardis for tickets and to support the mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease and save memories.  #

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.