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SEPTEMBER 21, 2001


Networks come together for unprecedented
event, simultaneously airing celebrity tribute

By Jennifer Fogel
Daily Arts Editor
As the world comes to grips with last week's harrow-
ing events, the entertainment industry is slowly coming
back from its full stop after the attacks. The near shut-
down of Hollywood and its affiliated studios in New
York has affected all of the Hollywood elite and stirred

Heroes' will seek to unite a shaken world with words
and music while paying tribute to the indomitable spirit,
unfaltering fortitude and courage that truly makes
America the land of the free and home of the brave."
Participants of the event include: Bon Jovi, Amy
Brenneman ("Judging Amy"), Mariah Carey, Jim Car-
rey, George Clooney, Sheryl Crow, Tom Cruise,
Cameron Diaz, The Dixie Chicks, Robert De Niro, Clint
Eastwood, Calista Flockheart, Dennis Franz ("N.Y.P.D.
Blue"), Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Wyclef
Jean, Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Ali-
cia Keys, Willie Nelson, Conan O'Brien, Tom Petty, Ray
Romano, Julia Roberts, Paul Simon, Will Smith, Jimmy
Smits, Bruce Springsteen, Sela Ward ("Once and
Again"), Robin Williams, Stevie Wonder and Neil

FOX's "Dark Angel" will donate a script from the sec-
ond season premiere autographed by the writing staff.
Sci-Fi's "The Chronicle" will donate scripts from its
first season.
Comedian Denis Leary ("The Job") is also lending a
hand by donating funds to the families of firemen killed
in the line of duty. Leary is opening a New York branch
of his Leary Firefighters Foundation and is accepting
donations for those killed during the World Trade Cen-
ter's collapse. The Foundation was set up after Leary's
own cousin was killed in Massachusetts in the line of
Also helping out relief efforts, are mega-recording
stars Madonna and Britney Spears. Madonna coughed
up around $2 million by donating all the proceeds from

an outpouring of
A Tribute
to Heroes
All Networks
Tonight at 9 p.m.

long-awaited generosity both finan-
cially and emotionally. The enter-
tainment industry has finally shown
the heart that it has so profusely
claimed to have and it just keeps
getting bigger.
As hometown firefighters walk
neighboring streets hoping for cash
donations and the Red Cross holds
blood drives, entertainers and studio
heads have carefully considered all
of their options to assist the relief
effort, from shutting down certain
film and television productions in
hopes to not offend or upset viewers
to individually joining or donating
funds to various organizations.
Tonight, in an unprecedented
television event, the industry which
we love to abhor is about to ban

together in a wide-scaled tribute to America and its lost
brethren in New York and Washington with "American:
A Tribute to Heroes."
Airing on all six of the major networks and simultane-
ously airing on almost all of the major cable networks
- including HBO, Showtime, TNT, USA, PBS, MTV,
VH 1 and The Discovery Channel - industry organizers
have put together a star-studded fundraiser for those
affected by last week's terrorist act on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon. In a showing of solidarity, the
event will air live and commercial free from 9-11 p.m.
This is the first time in history where all of the net-
works have banned together in a cross-channel fundrais-
er. Networks like UPN and the WB, which usually air
syndicated shows during the 10 p.m. hour, will forego
their usual 8 p.m. programming in order to air the spe-
cial tonight.
The tribute will take place in both Los Angeles and
New York due to security circumstances. Organizers are
keeping the exact locations under wraps and there will
be no studio audiences or news media in attendance. All
funds raised will go to the relief effort, with all costs of
the tribute underwritten by the networks. Even the stars
are donating their time.
From coast to coast, celebrities from television, film,
music, news and sports will take part in this spectacular
show of appreciation, filling the evening with inspira-
tional moments, music and most importantly, hope.
In a joint network statement released late Tuesday
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Young. More celebrities are expected to take part in the
"America: A Tribute to Heroes" will also be
videostreamed on the Internet by Yahoo and simulcast
on radio stations nationwide. Means for donations will
be announced during the show.
In related news, TV writers and actors are putting
forth efforts to motivate people to send donations by
donatingautographed scripts to charity. Writers from

her Los Angeles concert. Spears will donate $1 from
each ticket sold for her upcoming fall tour to the chil-
dren of the firefighters and police officers killed in the
terrorist attacks. The pop star will also auction off vari-
ous merchandise and tickets.
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is also in talks to
produce another "We are the World"-type benefit effort,
this time in remembrance of those killed in Tuesday's
attacks. Various celebrities are said to be signing up on

Courtesy of New Line, Jeff Vespa and Paul Natkin
Tom Cruise (Top) will plea for donations for relief efforts
along with fellow thespian Bobby D, whose own efforts
haven't gone unnoticed. Jon Bon Jovi will also take part in
the "America: A Tribute to Heroes."
the spot, including most of those who performed with
Jackson at his own tribute two weeks ago.
Other celebrities that have joined in relief efforts
include Robert De Niro who has assisted catering efforts
for rescue workers and Steve Bucemi, an ex-firefighter
who- took out his old equipment and joined the rescue
workers at the World Trade Center. Actress Kathleen
Turner helped out with triage efforts in nearby, New
York medical centers.

U-Prod brings performance of
exciting, high-energy theater

By Marie Bernard
Daily Arts Writer

This weekend University Pro-

Rehearsal time for a Broadway
show typically takes 2-4 weeks.
This is, of course, after the months
- possibly years - dedicated to
writing the show, and the pre-
rehearsal spent in casting, set
design, costuming and memoriza-
A look at the
underside of U of M

duction takes no
Arena Theatre
Tomorrow at 8 p.m.
four computers.
until 10 a.m. the

such liberties.
The show,
titled "24-Hour
Theater," is put
together in a
manner gener-
ally reserved
for final exams
and Odyssey of
the Mind com-
petitions. At 10
p.m. tonight,
four writers
will be locked
in the Frieze
building with
They will have
next morning to

produce a completed one-act play,
which will then be turned over to a
director and a pre-cast set of
actors. They have until 10 p.m. on
Saturday to turn the fresh work

into a presentable piece of theater
- which includes memorizing
lines, blocking and all rehearsals.
"The whole premise: 24 hours to
do everything," said JoAnna C.
Spanos, an actress in both last
year's and this year's performance.
"It makes for an exciting and high-
energy night of theater, and often
times improvisation."
"24-Hour Theater" began at the
University five years ago, and has
continued to rise in popularity.
Last year, at the fire marshal's
warning, ushers had to turn away
400 audience members. It is rec-
ommended that anyone interested
in attending the show should arrive
several hours early.
Last weekend, auditions were
held for four directors and 12
actors (six men and six women).
There are four alternate actors cast
if the script calls for them. The
company does not expect to pro-
duce four completely polished one-.
acts. This, however, makes the
show so much fun. "The outcome
is always impressive," said Spanos.
"You are watching something
unfold between your eyes that was
only a tiny spark in the minds of
the writers 24 hours earlier."
The production will come
together this tomorrow night in the
Arena Theater, in the basement of
the Frieze Building: Due date is 8
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