“The Rosie O’Donnell Show” Returning for One-Night-Only Fundraiser Event

Featuring Broadway's biggest stars and John McD and the McDLTs!

Hope you’ve been practicing your Koosh FlingShot skills because The Rosie O’Donnell Show is back!

The beloved daytime talk show will return as a one-night-only special fundraiser for The Actors Fund to help the theater community during the coronavirus pandemic; Broadway is currently dark until April 13.

The event will be broadcast live March 22 on Broadway.com and YouTube.

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“Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all Broadway has given to the world, now—in this time of tremendous need—it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And, with a line-up like this, I dare you not to tune in.”

Not only will O’Donnell be back behind her desk, her right-hand man, John McDaniel, will once again serve as bandleader—and we’re assuming he’ll bring along his McDLTs.

Madam Secretary and Broadway star Erich Bergen dropped a hint Tuesday on his Instagram, posting a pic of The Rosie O’Donnell Show logo with the caption: “Everyone could use a little Rosie in their lives right now don’t ’cha think?”

In a new statement, Bergen, who is serving as a producer along with O’Donnell, writes, “This is the ultimate win-win proposition; The Actors Fund needs our support, and we’re all desperate for some fabulous entertainment we can enjoy from the safety of our own homes. I’m so grateful to Rosie, and to this truly jaw-dropping array of talent that have agreed to participate.”

According to People, the evening will feature performances and appearances from some of Broadway’s biggest names, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley, Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Erich Bergen, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Lea Salonga, Idina Menzel, and more.

But don’t worry—they will all be performing “from the comfort of their own homes.”
 

“Because social distancing is so important right now, this amazing benefit is an incredible show of support to lift spirits, bring us all together virtually and help The Actors Fund help those in need,” said Actors Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell. “Now more than ever, people in our community are depending on The Fund’s vital services. It’s critical that we be there for those in need, in particular our seniors and the immunocompromised individuals who need our help, as well as those in financial distress.”

The Rosie O’Donnell Show originally ran from 1996 to 2002, winning five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show.

The special fundraiser will stream live on Broadway.com and YouTube, Sunday, March 22 at 7pm ET.

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