Rosie O'Donnell Brings Her Talk Show Back for One Night to Support The Actors Fund

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday March 19, 2020

Openly lesbian comedian and television talk show personality Rosie O'Donnell hosted multiple Emmy Award-winning "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" from 1996 - 2002. Now she's bringing her talk show back for a single streaming event, slated for March 22, with the goal of raising money to support The Actors Fund, reports Vulture.

The fund provides support for theater artists, who - like many working Americans - find themselves pinched by the unfortunate, but necessary, steps that Broadway has taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.

Vulture noted that Broadway has suspended all shows until April 13.

O'Donnell released a statement in which she said:

"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.

"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."

The show will stream on and on YouTube at 7 p.m. EST, reports Deadline.

Added Deadline:

The program will feature performances and appearances from stars signing in from their own homes. Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Billy Porter, Morgan Freeman and many others are scheduled.

Producer Eric Bergen as said:

"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."

Variety quoted Brian Stokes Mitchell, who serves as chairman for the Actors Fund, as saying:

"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."

Also expected to appear: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald, Randy Rainbow, Gavin Creel, Kristen Chenoweth, and a plethora of other stars.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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