You Can't Take It With You: Tom Hanks Stars in Staged Benefit Reading
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Featured review from Herb Kaplan
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It was exciting to see so many stars of considerable talent in one production. How often does anyone get to see that? My only gripes are that they obvious didn't have enough preparation and when they missed lines they would ham it up far beyond what would have been funny.
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A gourmet dessert reception featuring wine from Francis Ford Coppola Presents Rosso & Bianco follows the performance.
The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television announces the debut of its annual benefit gala, “ONE NIGHT ONLY…With a Little Help From Our Friends,” to be hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The event will feature a one-time presentation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Nora Ephron and featuring Wilson and Hanks, along with a dozen talented actor friends. This unique evening of entertainment and laughter will mark a reunion for Wilson, Hanks and Ephron, who previously worked together on the Oscar-nominated romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle” in 1993. They’ll be joined by an array of other Hollywood stars:
- Caroline Aaron
- Dave Annable
- Maria Bamford
- Annette Bening
- Kevin Chamberlin
- James Cromwell
- Ian Gomez
- Jon Hamm
- Tom Hanks
- Peter Krause
- William Shatner
- Martin Short
- Alicia Silverstone
- Holland Taylor
- Rita Wilson
(Cast info is correct as of publication, but may be added to or revised in the days leading up to the performance.)
A founding member of the executive board of the School of Theater, Film and Television, Wilson has long hoped to host such a gala event to benefit the school and its students. Hanks, Wilson’s husband, recently agreed to partner with her in this project, which promises to be an experience unlike any other since the school’s inception in 1989.
“It will be a truly unique experience to see Tom and Rita and some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry join together to have a good time and put on a show,” said Robert Rosen, the school’s dean, who oversees programs that include the department of film, television and digital media, the department of theater, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Billy Wilder Theater at the UCLA Hammer Museum, as well as the school’s relationship with the Geffen Playhouse. Wilson and Hanks have earned a reputation for organizing benefit readings that showcase a diverse range of acting and musical talent. They have collaborated on past fundraising events with friends and colleagues such as Bening, Short, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Christina Applegate, William Shatner, Natalie Cole, Goldie Hawn, Zach Braff, Fred Willard, Lyle Lovett, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. These gifted artists present evenings filled with high energy, spontaneity and camaraderie, taking the audience along for the ride.
The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, consistently ranked among the nation’s top institutions in its field, offers students a unique blend of scholarship and practical training, bringing together the highest levels of professionalism with the social mission of a public university. Its landmark integration of theater, film, television and digital media and its outstanding faculty and facilities nurture creative innovation, personal vision and social responsibility. Alumni include such notables as Jack Black, Carol Burnett, Charles Burnett, Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Egan, Moctesuma Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Catherine Hardwicke, Todd Holland, Judy Kaye, Gregory Nava, Alexander Payne, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Rob Reiner, Tim Robbins, Eric Roth, Tom Schumacher, Paul Schrader, Brad Silberling, Gore Verbinski and Audrey Wells.
The original production of “You Can’t Take It With You” opened on Broadway at the Booth Theater on Dec. 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play was also the basis for the 1938 Academy Award–winning film of the same name directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Charles Lane, Mischa Auer, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Arthur Murray (who was not credited).