The event: The 22nd annual “A Night at Sardi’s,” which honored members of “The Big Bang Theory’s” cast, Glen Campbell and the Campbell family. A star-studded revue of Broadway and country tunes, the Wednesday affair benefited the Alzheimer’s Assn. (Campbell, who suffers from the disease, did not attend.)
The program: Sarah Rafferty of “Suits” and Ben Feldman of “Mad Men” welcomed the crowd. TV director-producer James Burrows introduced comedian Bob Newhart, who told both a riddle and a parrot joke (from what he called his collection of parrot jokes), and Lizzy Caplan of “Masters of Sex” called up event co-chairs Laurie Burrows Grad and Peter Grad, noting that the two had raised more than $23 million over the years.
Burrows Grad then thanked what she called “the Bangers” -- Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting -- for supporting the cause for six consecutive years. Then all “the Bangers” chimed in for their acceptance speech, with Cuoco saying, “It’s always been fun getting dressed up in crazy costumes, singing and dancing,” and Bialik adding, “Even if we can’t always sing very well.”
More stars: Stepping onstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to belt out some of Broadway’s most show-stopping tunes were Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, Beth Behrs and Jonathan Kite of “2 Broke Girls,” Tony Award winners Christine Ebersole and Robert Morse, three-time Emmy winner Beau Bridges, plus John Stamos, Annaleigh Ashford, Shoshana Bean, Briana Cuoco, Barrett Foa, Sam Harris, Vicki Lewis, Scott Porter, Grace Potter, Andrew Rannells and Steven Weber.
Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb followed, leading a special salute to Glen Campbell that featured Keith Carradine, Grace and the group Victoria Ghost, comprising Campbell’s children Ashley and Shannon Campbell with William Carter.
The numbers: Nearly 1,000 guests attended the gala, which raised $1.1 million from tickets starting at $500, tables ranging upward to $100,000 and additional contributions.
Ellen Olivier is founder of Society News LA.