Patti LuPone performs "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" during a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Photo: Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Photo: Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Rosie O’Donnell enlists Broadway superstars including Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and dozens more for livestream benefit

Rosie O’Donnell is mixing her talk show bona fides with her love of Broadway for a one-night return of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

O’Donnell will steer a live streaming benefit for The Actors Fund at 7 p.m. March 22 on and YouTube.

The lineup includes some of the biggest names in theater, including Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Norbert Leo Butz, Gavin Creel, Erich Bergen, Harvey Firestein, Megan Hilty, Idina Menzel and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Even O’Donnell’s music director from the six year of her daytime talk show, John McDaniel, will return for the event.

All of the performers will participate live from their own homes.

The Actors Fund benefits those in the performing arts and entertainment community, including financial assistance, housing resources and senior services. All Broadway shows will be closed through April 12. 

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit

The lineup so far: Sebastian ArcelusSkylar AstinShoshana BeanBeth BehrsAnnette BeningErich BergenNate BerkusStephanie J. BlockMatthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica ParkerTituss BurgessNorbert Leo ButzKristin ChenowethGavin CreelDarren CrissBrandon Victor DixonCynthia ErivoGloria EstefanJesse Tyler FergusonHarvey FiersteinJordan FisherDavid FosterMorgan FreemanNeil Patrick HarrisMegan HiltyChristopher JacksonJudith LightPatti LuPoneBarry ManilowRob McClureAudra McDonaldKatharine McPheeAlan MenkenIdina MenzelBrian Stokes MitchellKelli O’HaraLauren PattenBen PlattBilly PorterRandy RainbowAndrew RannellsChita RiveraSeth RudetskyLea SalongaMiranda SingsJordin SparksAli StrokerLeslie UggamsBen VereenAdrienne Warren and James Wesley

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.