Katrina: The Musical!
-An all-star ”Broadway Benefit for Hurricane Relief” will take place on Sept. 25 at New York’s Gershwin Theater. Such stage stars as Brooke Shields, Ben Vereen, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, Bill Irwin, Rue McClanahan, David Hyde Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Jai Rodriguez, Jill Eikenberry, and Michael Tucker will perform, as will the casts of Avenue Q, Rent, The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Wicked.
-Oprah Winfrey pledged $10 million yesterday on her show to house the evacuees. She’s also started an online registry where you can buy goods and furnishings for the new homes.
–Stevie Wonder, who introduced a song called ”Shelter in the Rain,” at Live 8, will offer the tune for download as a benefit single, USA Today reports. It’s a track from A Time to Love, due Oct. 18, Wonder’s first album of new material in 10 years.
-Arlo Guthrie, who had a hit song about the train called City of New Orleans, will be singing at stations along that Amtrak train’s route, from Dec. 5-17. He’ll be collecting musical instruments and other equipment along the way to donate to Gulf Coast musicians affected by the hurricane. Check here for updates on venues and guest artists.
–Young Jeezy opens his Atlanta home to survivors.