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BROADWAY BABIES: Career Transition for Dancers’ 23rd annual gala on Monday brought out boldfaced stars from the Great White Way. The evening, sponsored by Rolex, honored American musicals and Broadway. During the performance at New York City Center, crowd favorite Bebe Neuwirth showed off her recent hip replacement by doing a Bob Fosse routine. And Jane Krakowski took time off from her “30 Rock” gig to steam up the stage as Lola from “Damn Yankees.”
Later when awards were given out, Brooke Shields, who towered over her co-presenter Mikhail Baryshnikov, told the audience how she transitioned from model to actress when she played Rizzo in the Broadway version of “Grease.” She advised dancers who were approaching the end of their career not to worry. “You just continue on to the next challenge. It’s just new choreography,” said Shields.