Stars, creatives raise $850K at Roundabout Theater
The Dec. 3 benefit concert perf of “Assassins” at Studio 54 raised the roof with thunderous applause, as well as “over $850,000,” said Roundabout Theater’s Thomas Tuft, who praised artistic director Todd Haimes for his 30 years with the nonprofit.“It feels like 40,” Haimes joked as he introduced the original cast from Roundabout’s hit 2004 revival. John Weidman collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on the controversial show and recalled how in its 1990 debut, “Assassins” hadn’t made “the critics happy.” Weidman credited director Joe Mantello with transforming a flop into a hit. “Every aspect was perfect,” he said. Of the night’s concert version, Neil Patrick Harris called it “a fantastical family reunion.” Harris, along with castmembers Michael Cerveris and Denis O’Hare, partied at Bond 45.