Get out your koosh balls, because the 90s are set to get a one-night only revival. Rosie O’ Donnell revealed that she is bringing back her talk show for a one-night-only special this Sunday as part of a fundraiser for The Actors Fund to help raise money for the theater community during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Rosie’s show lasted from 1996 to 2002, and was one of the first shows to mix celebrity interviews with live Broadway performances and charity donations.
“Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation.”
“After all Broadway has given to the world, now—in this time of tremendous need—it’s our turn to give something back. There is no better way to support this community than via The Actors Fund. And, with a line-up like this, I dare you not to tune in.”
I loved The Rosie O’ Donnell show growing up, and I’m definitely excited to see the slew of celebrity guests slated to perform from the comfort of their own homes, including Kristen Chenoweth, Gloria Estefan, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, and Darren Criss, just to name a few. Oh, and John McDaniel, the original music director/composer/producer of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, is also set to return.
The special, presented in partnership with Revelations Entertainment and Broadway.com, will air live this Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. EST on Broadway.com and its YouTube channel.
Check out Rosie’s full interview with BFF Madonna back when she was promoting her iconic album Ray of Light below…