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The Stars Salute Israel

A spectacular all-star cast has been assembled for “The Stars Salute Israel at 30,” a gigantic entertainment gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of the State of Israel, airing Monday, May 8 (9:00-11:00 p.m., EDT), on the ABC television network, it was announced today. The event itself will be presented under the auspices of the American Committee to Celebrate Israel’s 30th Anniversary. Vice President Walter Mondale is chairman of the committee and the event.

Among those set to appear in the special are (in alphabetical order): Anne Bancroft, Daniel Barenboim, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pat Boone, Sammy Davis Jr., Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hermione Gingold, Gene Kelly, Alan King, Billie Jean King, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Manilow, Dean Martin, Zubin Mehta, Paul Newman, Valery and Galina Panov, Bemadette Peters, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Flip Wilson, Henry Winkler and Joanne Woodward.

Entertainment highlights include an appearance by Jean Stapleton as Elearnor Roosevelt; Valery and Galina Panov in a ballet performance to the music of “Star Wars” with Oscar-winning composer John Williams conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic; a piano solo by Daniel Barenboim and a ballet performance by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

The actual event will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center on Sunday, May 7, the day before the telecast. “The Stars Salute Israel at 30″ is a production of James Lipton Productions. James Lipton and Charles Fishman are co-executive producers. The program is written by Buz Kohan and Bob Arnot. Marty Pasetta is the producer and director.

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