Photo Flash: Mimi Hines Celebrates 80th Birthday at 54 Below with Donna McKechnie, Fran Drescher & More
The stars came out on Wednesday, July 17 to see Mimi Hines as she celebrated her 80th birthday with a special, one-night-only concert at Broadway's nightclub, 54 Below. Among those in attendance were "Late Show with David Letterman" bandleader Paul Shaffer, from TV's "The Nanny" and "Happily Divorced" start Fran Drescher, and Broadway favorite Lee Roy Reams (The Producers, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast) and Tony Award winners Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Company) , Faith Prince (Annie, Guys and Dolls) and Liliane Montevecchi (Nine). Check out a behind the scenes look at the celebration below!
It has been more than a decade since Broadway's second and longest-running Funny Girl appeared in a New York cabaret and on the very night of her 80th birthday, she returned for one show only to celebrate. The program included her favorites from her 60+ years in the theatre and nightclubs, including "Till There Was You" (the song that elevated her and her late partner, Phil Ford, to fame based on their performance of it on "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar), "Who Can I Turn To?" (recreating the highlight of her performance as Cocky,the Anthony Newley role, in the tour of Roar of the Greasepaint...), "Pink Taffeta Sample Size Ten" (given to her by Cy Coleman before he cut it from Sweet Charity), "Liaisons" (reprising her recent performance as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs, "My Shining Hour" (from Mostly Mercer) and of course, several songs from Funny Girl.
Photos Courtesy of 54 Below