Josh Gad, Jason Alexander Sing and 'Still Alice' Honored at A Night At Sardi’s
Maria Shriver spoke on behalf of the 'Still Alice' crew at the annual benefit.
Fresh from an Oscar win, Still Alice continued to receive accolades as it was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association at the annual A Night at Sardi’s at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night.
Frozen's Josh Gad performed a number from Guys and Dolls, giving the crowd a taste of what to expect when he stars in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast film. Jason Alexander, Beau Bridges, Zachary Levi, Lea Thompson and Mad Men’s Robert Morse also brought a little bit of Broadway to Beverly Hills, performing numbers from musicals including Hairspray, Dreamgirls and Wicked.
Still Alice filmmakers received the Abe Burrows Entertainment award for Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning depiction of a teacher diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Moore sent her well wishes in a video message, and the films’ executive producer, Maria Shriver, stood with director Wash Westmoreland, providing a touching tribute to Westmoreland’s late husband and co-director Richard Glatzer, who died from ALS on March 10.
Shriver also expressed her own personal connection to the film, describing life with her father, Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and later died in 2011.
"My dad was diagnosed in 2003 and I struggled myself to still find the man that I had grown up with in his diagnosis,” said Shriver. It was really my children who taught me how to be “still” enough that I could find my father in the person who was sitting there, but then would kind of disappear in front of my eyes.”
The Big Bang Theory cast introduced TV director James Burrows, who Jim Parsons described as “a man who’s done more pilots than a hooker at LAX.” Burrows’ sister Laurie Grad has co-chaired the annual dinner for 23 years in honor of their father, Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright and director Abe Burrows, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre received the Caregiver of the Year Award from his brother-in-law and Tom Sherak’s son, William Sherak. McIntyre has been a strong supporter and fundraiser for the association after his mother was diagnosed and recently passed away from Alzheimer’s in November. He celebrated her with a performance from Hello Dolly!
Josh Gad and Jason Alexander by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Alzheimer's Association/AP Images
Robert Morse by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Alzheimer's Association/AP Images
Tyler Ritter and Jack McGee by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Alzheimer's Association/AP Images