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For big bucks, big stars

Recession? What recession?  For New York's Roundabout Theatre Company, a glamorous and star-studded spring fundraiser dubbed "Take Me Back to Manhattan" is the only way to go -- especially with tickets priced from $1,500 (the evening's cheap seat) to $5,000.

Nathan lane The glitzy get-together, which takes place at 7 p.m. April 6, is hosted by Tony Award winner and former Producers star Nathan Lane (one of the stars of Roundabout's Waiting for Godotrevival), whose way with a quip guarantees many an unscripted zinger.  The company's well-heeled supporters will gather at the Roseland Ballroom, transformed into a nightclub circa 1940.

Tony-winning director Kathleen Marshall has created an original revue featuring the songs of Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and others.  And the talent scheduled to perform is, if you have the bucks, certainly worthy of $1,500 and up per person:  Audra McDonald, Boyd Gaines, Bill Irwin, Matthew Broderick, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Thomas, Michael Cerveris, Kelli O'Hara, Martha Plimpton, Jane Krakowski, Brooke Shields, Margaret Colin, Alec Baldwin, Mario Cantone, Denis O'Hare and South Florida's own Katie Finneran.

If you can be in New York that night, want to support the not-for-profit Roundabout and find the idea of an elegant throwback of an evening appealing, call Ashley Firestone at 212-719-9393 or visit the gala section of Roundabout's web site.

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