Hollywood's Night Under the Stars: MPTF 95th Anniversary / Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday
It was so awesome to have played at Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars, a celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF). MPTF is a charitable organization that offers assistance and care to those in the motion picture and television industries with limited or no resources.
It was an evening of performances hosted by George Clooney, last Saturday night October 1, at the MPTF's Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, California.
Musical performances included a Les Miserables medley from Jean Valjean himself, Hugh Jackman, while Derek Hough donned his tap shoes for a rendition of “Singing in the Rain.” Loretta Devine belted out “Listen” from the film version of Dreamgirls and surprise guest Kevin Spacey – an active participant in the organization – took the stage for Sinatra’s “Can I Steal a Little Love?” Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Bojangles.” Campus resident Helen Reddy’s evoked nostalgia with “You and Me Against the World” as did Johnny Mathis with his signature song, “Misty.”
But the special part of the evening was a tribute by Michael Douglas to his father, Kirk Douglas, who turns 100 on Dec. 9. It was an early birthday celebration and I was so honored to play "Happy Birthday" for this legendary actor.