the New York real estate developer, threw a 60th birthday
party at The Plaza and all his friends and fans came to celebrate.
Jed Bernstein, president
of the League of American Theatres and Producers for 11 years, served
as master of ceremonies of the program. He produced such shows as
Passing Strange, Equus, Oleanna and Hair, on some
of which he partnered with Hirschfeld.
"Best thing about Elie,"
Bernstein quipped, "is he thinks Fine & Shapiro is the best deli
in New York."
Broadway performer and cabaret
star Leslie Kritzer thrilled the crowd with her magnificent
Theodore Bikelís "colleague
and lover," Tamar Brooks, accompanied him on the piano as he sang
If I Were a Rich Man. Since 1967 heís played Tevye 2,000
times, more often than any other actor.
Bikel, who also appeared
in The Rothschilds, said, "They told me it was much harder
writing a show about five rich Jews than a show about one poor milkman.
That show is less known than Fiddler on the Roof. But then,
what show isnít less known than Fiddler?"
Hirschfeld introduced his
new love, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger, Associate Professor of Clinical
Investigation, and Clinical Director of the Laboratory of Cellular
Immunology and Physiology at the Rockefeller University, New York.
"Iíve never been happier,"
he said. "Wait till you see what Iím planning for my 65th!"