The Riviera Theatre is harking back to the age of vaudeville Saturday with a great variety lineup. It’s called “A Tribute to the Kids: A Special Concert by the Telethon National Cast.”

The Scintas, Buffalo’s first family of show business, will be performing, and joining them are a host of other nationally recognized talent. Clint Holmes, a native of Farnham and eight-time Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year, will also be taking the stage.

Also appearing is actress/singer Ilene Graff, who from 1985 until 1990 played Marsha Owens in the sitcom “Mr. Belvedere,” and who was also featured on Broadway in shows including “Grease” and “Promises, Promises.” Rounding out the lineup is Terry Buchwald, who bills himself, not without reason, as the World’s Best Elvis.

A special attraction is the charmingly nerdy Howard from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Recently seen demonstrating how to make corn chowder, Howard ended the show with his philosophy: “When dinner is simple – you can’t miss!”

The show is exclusive to the Riviera, organizers promise. “During the telethon viewers only get the chance to see the cast do a song every once in a while. At this special concert, the cast will perform a show as they would in leading nightclubs and theatres around the world,” they point out. It is whispered there will be autograph opportunities. – Mary Kunz Goldman


“A Tribute to the Kids” – When: 7 p.m. Saturday. Where: Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets: $20 (box office, at all Anderson’s locations, Budwey’s Supermarkets; the Variety Kids Telethon office, Ticketweb). Info: 854-7577