Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting the Humane Society of New York, honors James L. Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organization. He'll receive the third annual Humane Society of New York's Sandy Fund Award in recognition of his deep concern and support for rescued animals. Nederlander has a special connection to the Sandy Fund, which is named in honor of the original canine star of Broadway's Annie. His father, James M. Nederlander, produced the legendary musical and thereby gave Sandy his very first acting job. Sandy quickly became a Broadway star, playing 2,363 performances of Annie and performing for two American presidents at the White House.
This, the fourth annual Best in Shows event, is presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni. Music direction is by Seth Rudetsky, who also hosts the show, which features some of Broadway's brightest performers: Joanna Gleason, Andrea McArdle, Brad Oscar, Laura Osnes, and Karen Ziemba. Surprise two- and four-legged guests will be joining them. The evening's cabaret performances begin at 7pm, to be followed by a reception with cast members for premium ticket buyers.