Last Wednesday, almost the whole cast of the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty
was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the Alzheimer's Association's 16th Annual “A Night at Sardi's” event took place. The show's stars, including Tony Plana
(Ignacio Suarez), Ana Ortiz
(Hilda Suarez), Becky Newton (Amanda), Mark Indelicato
(Justin), Vanessa Williams
(Wilhelmina Slater), Christopher Gorham
(Henry) and David Blue (Cliff), sang tunes from the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie
for the 900 or so guests at the fundraiser.
The benefit was significant to Plana on a deeply personal level, as the 53-year-old actor's mother suffers from the degenerative and terminal brain disease.
"Tony Plana's mother is afflicted with Alzheimer's, so when he asked us to do this we jumped at the chance to honor her,” Ortiz told TV Guide
. “It's for a great cause. It's a wonderful thing."
Other television stars who performed at the event include Jason Alexander
), Kristen Bell
(Heroes, Veronica Mars
), Zachary Levi
) and Steven Weber (Brothers & Sisters
). Special honors went to a 14-year-old named Lindsey Jordan, who has been taking care of her father since she was eight years old, and the ABC dramedy Boston Legal
for its accurate portrayal of Alzheimer's disease.
The Ugly Betty
stars and fellow television actors helped to raise $1.1 million for the fight against the disease, which has no known cure to this day.
Most of the Ugly Betty
cast members who attended the event are, in Ortiz's words, “theater geeks,” which is it was no surprise that they were able to hold their own on stage. Fans may get to hear their show favorites' musical talents onscreen soon, as the cast says the musical episode is inevitable.
There's already been a lot of discussion about the musical episode of Ugly Betty
, but unfortunately, it was still in the development stages when the WGA strike began in November. Post-strike episodes of the show begin airing on April 24, but chances are the musical installment will be included in the series' third season.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
(Image Courtesy of Alzheimer's Association)