Along with news of the performers to be featured at the benefit, it has been announced that Brooke Shields and John McDaniel have created a special "lot" for the live auction to be held alongside the performance: a private concert, created and performed by Shields and McDaniel, for a winning bidder and up to 30 of his or her friends. Jim Caruso will host the auction.
Mayer won the Tony for Spring Awakening and a Drama Desk for American Idiot. He will also be directing a new version of the Alan Jay Lerner-Burton Lane musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, at the Vineyard Theatre in January.
Whiting first gained fame as a singer in the 1940s. She appeared on Broadway in the musical revue Dream, and also starred in touring productions of Gypsy, Call Me Madam, and Pal Joey.