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It was hard to believe but this was the 53rd SHARE Boomtown show. The group of ladies who have segued from Ciro’s in 1953 to venues across the city with their charity fund-raising B’way-caliber show, raised another $1.500,000 Saturday night May 20 at the Palladium. The funds help several organizations dedicated to making life cheerier and more constructive for those less fortunate.  This year’s extravaganza was themed “Copacabana.” Gary Smith, with a long list of B’way and network credits, graciously produced the show–for his 21’st year. Charlene Painter choreographed the line of  ladies who are more at home shopping at Saks or  Neiman’s and lunching at Spago than starving to fit into tight costumes and tapping on the Palladium stage–but they do it every year–and get standing ovations.  Gary Tole conducts a full-stage orch to back ’em and they were costumed in appropriate Copa threads by Joni Berry–who also donated the dinner by Along Came Mary to the SRO crowd. The group’s Chairman of the Board is Patricia Bosley, (her husband Tom heads out on national tour on “On Golden Pond” costarring  Michael Learned), Marilyn Katleman, President of Share introduced  the Member of the Year, Sandra Siegel ..Comedian Bobby Collins spiced up the evening and k.d.lang generously sang for the crowd to a standing ovation. I intro’d Phyllis Diller who brought on the evening’s honoree Marcy Carsey who received the Shining Spirit award. Marcy has retired from producing TV series. She and Tom Werner had partnered on shows including “The Bill Cosby Show,” ‘Roseanne,” “That 70s Show,”  “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Grace Under Fire, “Cybil,” to name a few, Werner continues to produce shows on his own. But Marcey admits, “You can’t be an independent company any more/” So what does someone now do, someone who has been as busy as Marcy Carsey? “I plan to do whatever I can do for the Democratic party,” she said. “I also work for several non-profit organizations.” (They include U.C. Santa Barbara and U. of New Hampshire. And, of course–spending time with her family. When I again asked whether she was really putting showbiz totally behind her, she laughingly admitted, “Well, maybe if something comes along that I really want to do.” And who wouldn’t want Marcey Carsey to do his pet project?

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