A Night at Sardi’s Takes Its Final Bow

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Jim Parsons, from left, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik and Johnny Galecki from the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” perform songs from the musical “Grease” at the 24th annual Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's"
Jim Parsons, from left, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik and Johnny Galecki from the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” perform songs from the musical “Grease” at the 24th annual Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s”

Photo Credit: Rich Fury/Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/AP Images

The beloved institution known as “A Night at Sardi’s” took its final bow in Beverly Hills last night.

After nearly two decades, the event, which benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, made its final curtain call at The Beverly Hilton with a star-studded roster of talent and the appearance of two new faces: Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen. 

Laurie Burrows Grad, who co-founded “A Night at Sardi’s” with her late husband, Peter Grad, 23 years ago in honor of her father, Pulitzer-winning playwright Abe Burrows,  effectively passed the torch to the Rogens, the co-founders of another, rapidly growing non-profit that also benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, Hilarity for Charity.

“Sardi’s” final event poignantly honored the revue’s co-founded, television executive, producer and philanthropist Grad, with its Philanthropy Award, while actor and musician Keith Carradine was honored with the Caregiver of the Year Award.

Post-dinner, some of Hollywood and Broadway’s best then took  to the stage at The Beverly Hilton to cover songs in the “Broadway’s Best” songbook. 

The cast of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Mayim Bialik all performed songs from Grease; Cuoco broke out on her own to perform a sultry song from A Chorus Line, “Dance 10 Looks 3” clad in nothing more than fishnets and underwear.

Other performers and participants included Jason Alexander, James Burrows, Robert Carradine, Ben Feldman, Barrett FoaPeter Gallagher, Eric McCormack, Joey McIntyre, Laurie Metcalf, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Grace Potter and Sarah Rafferty.

Funds raised support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller attend the 24th annual Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's"
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller attend the 24th annual Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s”

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision for Alzheimer’s Association/AP Images

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