Showman performing for charitable causes
From the Army Archerd ArchiveSept.12, 1967 GOOD MORNING: Danny Kaye continues his no-pay play until Jan.’68. In town briefly between continents, Kaye, who hasn’t toiled for the Yankee dollar since his Las Vegas date in June, is setting up a concertour as his “showbiz” return next year. The interim charity sked lines up as follows: U.N. dinner in N.Y. honoring Paul Hoffman, followed by a UNICEF date at Monreal’s Expo, plus “Danny Kaye Day”: he then flies out on a UNICEF tour — 20 cities in a day-and-a-half, and on Oct.20, it’s back to Israel where Kaye corrals the Israeli Youth Orch for a round-the-world six-week tour … He’s just back from Junior Olympics in Copenhagen appearances before 35,000 kids — and the royal family. He had ‘em all singing “Copenhagen” on a baseball field with six bands… (2007 update: Last week, at UNICEF”S “Snowflake Ball” at the BevWilshire, Dec.6, the annual Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award was presented to Tamar and Bob Manoukian “in recognition of their visionary and transformative advocacy on behalf of women and children worldwide.” … On Saturday “The Kid From Brooklyn,” a new musical based on the life of Danny Kaye, makes its (West Coast) premiere at the El Portal theater in North Hollywood. Among those in the audience will be Warren Cowan who was Danny Kaye’s (friend and) publicist for over 25 years. Warren admits. “Actually in my opinion, there were many Danny Kayes: performer supreme, humanitarian, brilliant musician, sports authority (he owned the Seattle Mariners), great chef, aviator enthusiast, medical authority. I traveled with him to many countries usually in connection with UNICEF — and found myself inside Buckingham Palace, the living room of Yitzhak Rabin, the Oval Office, a palace in Japan. He was never paid for any of the symphonic concerts which he conducted on behalf of the Musicians’ Pension Fund for which he raised over $100 million.” Brian Childers portrays Kaye in “The Kid From Brooklyn,” also performing some of his memorable tongue-twisting songs from stage, screen and television. Peter J. Loewy, Karen Leone and Gail Shank produce. Loewy also directs and co-wrote with Mark Childers.
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