A Broadway farewell to Doris Roberts will be held Monday, May 16. The tribute to the Emmy-winning actress and stage veteran, to be held at the Ambassador Theatre on West 49th Street, will be hosted by Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano. The program, which will be open to the public, will include a special performance by Barbara Cook, best known as the spinster librarian Marian Paroo in the original production of The Music Man. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with doors opening at 11:30 AM.
Playing Raymond’s unfiltered mother Marie Barone in all 210 episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond brought Roberts a level of fame and fan love she’d never had before. She also won four Emmys playing the role. Beginning in the 1950s, she appeared in numerous Broadway shows including William Marchant’s The Desk Set with Shirley Booth, Neil Simon’s Last Of The Red Hot Lovers with James Coco and Linda Lavin, and Terrence McNally’s Bad Habits. Roberts died on April 17 at age 90.
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