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Rosie O'Donnell's Virtual Benefit Raised $500K for the Actors Fund


The Rosie O'Donnell Show returned for a one-night-only event over the weekend. The show ended up raising over $500,000 in three and a half hours, with all proceeds going to the Actors Fund, an organization supporting actors, costume designers, ushers, and others impacted by Broadway's shutdown due to COVID-19.

Of course, O'Donnell brought in Broadway's top stars to contribute their talents for viewers worldwide — including Patti LuPone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billy Porter, Neil Patrick Harris, and Cynthia Erivo.  

"We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening," Miranda said of being in post-production for the movie version of In the Heights at the onset of COVID-19. "There’s a lot that remains to be done on [the movie]. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right."

The musical movie is slated to open June 26; it's unclear whether that will change. 

Patti LuPone treated the audience to two songs: "100 Years From Today" and the classic "Smile," in which Audra McDonald and her husband, Will Swenson, joined. 

Lea Salonga sang "Reflections" from Disney's Mulan, the song she originated in the 1998 film. 

Broadway legend and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth sang her classic "Taylor, the Latte Boy."

Other stars appearing included Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Idina Menzel, and Ben Platt. See them below: 

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