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Behind the Scenes is published by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300 New York, NY 10036 212.840.0770 firstname.lastname@example.org broadwaycares.org Tom Viola, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR J. Jason Daunter, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Larry Cook, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
BC/EFA OFFICERS Paul Libin, PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Nina Lannan, THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Sherry Cohen, FOURTH VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY BC/EFA BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cornelius Baker John Barnes Scott Barnes Joseph Benincasa David Binder Chris Boneau Barry Brown Kate Burton Robert Callely Kathleen Chalfant Alan Cumming Gavin Darraugh Michael David B. Merle Debuskey Maria Di Dia Paul DiDonato Sam Ellis Richard Frankel Roy Harris Richard Hester Craig Jacobs Richard Jay-Alexander Cherry Jones Nathan Lane
Jay Laudato Margo Lion Joe Machota Nancy Mahon Mary McColl Kevin McCollum Michael McElroy Terrence McNally Jerry Mitchell Bernadette Peters Chita Rivera Jordan Roth Nick Scandalios Robert Score Philip J. Smith Charlotte St. Martin David Stone Stuart Thompson Tim Tompkins Tom Viola (ex-officio) Robert E. Wankel Beth Williams Nick Wyman
Behind the Scenes Tom Viola, Danny Whitman, Lane Beauchamp, EDITORS Contributors Peter Borzotta, Mo Brady, Sarah Cardillo, Frank Conway, Chris Kenney, Sarah Mitchel, Dan Perry, Ryan Walls Photographers Jenny Anderson, Mo Brady, Whitney Browne, Joann Coates, Jeff Eason, Kevin Thomas Garcia, Daniel T. Gramkee, Joseph Marzullo, Michael McIlwee, Ryan Mueller, Joy Nelson, Daniel Roberts, Monica Simoes, Tomas Vrzala
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Dear Friends: Among the most basic human needs is the desire to feel safe; to have that physical and emotional place where, as Maya Angelou wrote, “we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Safety means having resources available you can turn to, a meal that sustains you, a safe and secure home and much-needed guidance to access health care. This sense of safety created by The Actors Fund and hundreds of AIDS and family service organizations across the country is real and saves lives every day. Because of your steadfast support and generosity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2014 awarded more than $10.6 million in grants to The Actors Fund and social service organizations in all 50 states, helping to strengthen a safety net of essential services from coast to coast. In this issue of Behind the Scenes, we share stories from men and women who have been given a shoulder to lean on and hope, thanks to your kindness and work on the front lines. We also celebrate many of this year’s events and fundraising efforts, including record-breaking editions of the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, Easter Bonnet Competition, Fire Island Dance Festival and a stunningly successful Broadway Bares in its new home at Hammerstein Ballroom. Each of these events serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are to be surrounded by so many genuinely compassionate, creative and remarkably talented individuals. Our ability to extend a hand to others would not be possible without you. Thank you for continuing to stand by us, one donor, one artist, one event, one dollar in a red bucket at a time. It is the passion, generosity of spirit and commitment of each and all of you that ensures we will, together, continue to make a difference. Sincerely, Tom Viola Executive Director
A Beloved Friend Remembered Marian Seldes, a longtime Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS trustee, passed away October 6 at the age of 86. We will always remember Marian with great affection. We’ll recall her wearing the Easter Bonnet representing Three Tall Women, fundraising with the company of The Play About the Baby, hosting Gypsy of the Year (and making sure 1,700 people in the Palace Theatre could pronounce her name correctly), reading from Shaw’s St. Joan at Nothing Like A Dame or enthusiastically joining us at the Autograph Table of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Her quiet presence and gracious embrace made us feel like what we were doing made her intensely happy, which, in turn, brought a special joy to all of our efforts. At board meetings, Marian would slip into the conference room, wrapped in purple and light gray and listen intently. “I love what we’re doing, darling,” she said once at the end of a meeting. “It gives us a purpose beyond ourselves.” We will miss you, Marian, and hold you in our hearts forever.
BC/EFA 2014 Grant-Making “Where Does All That Money Go???” Support for THE ACTORS FUND HIV/AIDS INITIATIVE
PHYLLIS NEWMAN WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE
AL HIRSCHFELD FREE HEALTH CLINIC
ARTISTS HEALTH INSURANCE RESOURCE CENTER (AHIRC)
ACTORS FUND WORK PROGRAM
THE DANCERS’ RESOURCE
Stage ManagerS’ Project
LILLIAN BOOTH ACTORS HOME - CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Miscellaneous Annual Gala, Memorial Donations, Benefit Support, etc.
THE ACTORS FUND
FOOD SERVICE and MEAL DELIVERY PROGRAMS 117 organizations in 37 States
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AIDS SERVICE and ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS 40 agencies
LOCAL AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS 306 Organizations in 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico Direct Services and Case Management, Supportive Housing Programs, Emergency Financial Assistance, Harm Reduction Programs, Quality of Life Services SUPPLEMENTAL/EMERGENCY GRANTS THEATRE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS and SPECIAL GRANTS (Shared fundraising efforts) PHYSICIAN VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ARTS Broadway Flu Shot Initiative
$ 1,321,746 $
INTERNATIONAL GRANTS South Africa / THE LION KING Grants to 22 AIDS Service Organizations TheatreMAD, London THE ACTORS’ FUND of CANADA
INTERNATIONAL GRANTS SUBTOTAL SUBTOTAL SUBTOTAL
the ACTORS FUND NATIONAL Grants INTERNATIONAL Grants
2014 BC/EFA GRANT-MAKING TOTAL broadwaycares.org
$ 377,101 $ 4,603,000 $ 5,700,136 $ 377,101
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MISSION STATEMENT Approved by the BC/EFA Board of Trustees – May 27, 2010
• To mobilize the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS; • To ensure direct support specifically through social services and programs of the Actors Fund to all individuals in the entertainment industry affected by critical health issues, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS; • To support organizations across the country which provide treatment or services for people specifically affected by HIV/AIDS and their families;
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CONTENTS 3 Where Does All That Money Go? 5 Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction 8 The Actors Fund 11 Easter Bonnet Competition 14 The Actors Fund of Canada 15 HIV Criminalization Reform 16 National Grants 20 Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! 23 Bucks Country Cabaret 24 Broadway Barks 25 Education Outreach 26 Dancers Responding to AIDS 28 Beyond the Footlights 30 Local Business Support 31 Angels Circle 34 Legacy and Leadership
• To promote and encourage public support for national and international programs and services which benefit people with HIV/AIDS; • To increase public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through the creation and dissemination of educational materials; • To support efforts by the entertainment industry to address other critical health issues or respond to an emergency, in each case as approved by the Board of Trustees; • To support efforts by the entertainment industry in other charitable or educational endeavors, in each case as approved by the Board of Trustees.
A HISTORY OF BC/EFA’s grant-making National & The Actors Fund Int’l Grants 1987–1992 Equity Fights AIDS $ 2,775,250 1988–May 1992 Broadway Cares $ 1,067,000 BC/EFA Contributions 5/92–12/92 $ 634,000 $ 771,780 1993 $ 1,654,000 $ 1,184,119 1994 $ 1,758,000 $ 676,404 1995 $ 1,791,000 $ 707,916 1996 $ 2,010,000 $ 1,400,549 1997 $ 2,247,500 $ 1,342,200 1998 $ 2,471,000 $ 1,711,819 1999 $ 2,700,000 $ 3,039,841 2000 $ 2,955,336 $ 3,033,566 2001 $ 2,829,500 $ 3,238,765 2002 $ 2,732,000 $ 2,689,679 2003 $ 3,022,500 $ 3,115,969 2004 $ 3,360,500 $ 4,437,338 2005 $ 3,516,500 $ 4,469,798 2006 $ 3,517,500 $ 4,518,364 2007 $ 3,671,500 $ 5,152,546 2008 $ 4,302,000 $ 5,737,298 2009 $ 3,400,000 $ 4,492,489 2010 $ 4,160,000 $ 5,824,988 2011 $ 4,014,500 $ 5,305,700 2012 $ 4,625,000 $ 6,218,796 2013 $ 4,300,000 $ 6,218,706 2014* $ 4,603,000 $ 6,077,237
Total $ 2,775,250 $ 1,067,000 $ 1,405,780 $ 2,838,119 $ 2,434,404 $ 2,498,916 $ 3,410,549 $ 3,589,700 $ 4,182,819 $ 5,739,841 $ 5,988,902 $ 6,068,265 $ 5,421,676 $ 6,138,469 $ 7,797,838 $ 7,986,298 $ 8,035,864 $ 8,824,046 $ 10,039,298 $ 7,892,489 $ 9,984,988 $ 9,320,200 $ 10,856,755 $ 10,518,706 $ 10,680,237
Total Support 1988–2014
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Broadway flea market & grand auction
Biggest Day for Broadway Fans Brings Record Results
roadway fans found everything from rare opening night gifts to classic original Playbills, met their favorite stars and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences to push the grand total raised at the 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to an all-time high of $713,986.
The biggest day of the year for Broadway fans once again brought thousands of theatre lovers into Times Square, Shubert Alley and onto West 44th Street to explore 65 tables of unique Broadway memorabilia, meet 61 of Broadway’s brightest stars and bid on 247 Grand Auction lots. This year’s event, held on September 21, shattered the previous fundraising record of $681,892, set in 2012. The 28 editions of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have raised $11 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS and other lifethreatening illnesses and challenges. The 65 tables of the this year represented Broadway and Off-Broadway’s top shows, theatre owners, producing
organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs. They offered the widest variety of theatre treasures – from original crystals taken from chandeliers at the recently restored Schoenfeld Theatre to sections of long-closed shows’ marquees – as well as vintage Playbills, signed posters, CDs and records, costume sketches and specialty items made by cast members specifically for the day. The Grand Auction included the live auction, which concluded the day, and a series of silent auctions, which were held every 30 minutes throughout the day. The top-selling lot of the live auction was a handwritten musical phrase of “Let It Go,” from the hit Disney animated movie Frozen. The phrase was written and signed by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez, and by Idina Menzel, who sang the Oscar-winning song and voiced the [behind the] scenes 5
lead character. The phrase sold for $9,000. An opportunity to meet Menzel backstage during the run of her current Broadway hit, If/Then, also was among the top live auction lots. Walk-on appearances were a favorite with experiences onstage at Cinderella, Chicago, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Motown: The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Rock of Ages collectively bringing in $86,400 and walk-ons in Wicked, Les Misérables and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical leading the charge. Other top live auction items included opening night tickets and VIP party passes to 17 shows, which raised $39,750. A separate package to see The River and meet star Hugh Jackman backstage afterward went for a top bid of $6,000. The opportunity to be a judge at BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year and Easter Bonnet Competition went to two lucky bidders for $7,000 each. Special auction lots honoring three beloved entertainment legends – Joan Rivers, Elaine Stritch and Robin Williams – raised $5,050. Barbra Streisand’s new CD “Partners,” signed by Streisand, sold for $1,300 while the full arrangement of the duet 6 [behind the] scenes
“It Had to Be You,” sung by Streisand and Michael Bublé and signed by both, sold for $3,000. This year’s live auction was hosted by Broadway and TV veteran Bryan Batt with BC/EFA’s favorite auctioneer Lorna Kelly, who made her 25th appearance at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Earlier in the day, Jen Cody and Michael Goddard hosted the silent auctions. The top silent auction item, which sold for $5,000, was a musical arrangement of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” from Jersey Boys signed by the late Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. As in years past, musical phrases handwritten and signed by Broadway composers and lyricists continue to be among the most-popular silent auction lots. A musical phrase of “Tomorrow” from Annie, written and signed by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, raised $4,250. Two Stephen Schwartz handwritten musical phrases also were among the top silent auction lots: “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin went for $3,750 and “Popular” from Wicked raised $2,600. Other unique lots were a canned peas prop from The Cripple of Inishmaan signed by Daniel Radcliffe, which sold for $1,800; a script from the play The Normal Heart signed by Larry Kramer, which
Creative Goods Merchandise................$13,222
The Phantom of the Opera ..................$19,210
Reel Time Video Production..................$11,115
United Scenic Artists Local 829............$13,353
Les Misérables......................................... $8,083
raised $1,600; and a reading script and CD from the ill-fated musical Rebecca, which garnered $1,000. The always-popular Autograph Table and Photo Booth raised $20,960 from hundreds of fans who cheered with excitement with each group of Broadway and television stars who took their place on the deck of Junior’s restaurant. More than 60 actors donated their time to sign autographs and take photos, including Clyde Alves, Sebastian Arcelus, Kate Baldwin, Jenni Barber, Bryan Batt, Richard H. Blake, Stephanie J. Block, John Bolton, Charl Brown, Krystal Joy Brown, Danny Burstein, Haven Burton, Alan Campbell, Nick Cordero, Kathleen Chalfant, Bryan Terrell Clark, Lauren Cohn, Charlotte d’Amboise, Tony Danza, Linda Emond, Felicia Finley, Jessie Fisher, Beth Fowler, Jonathan Freeman, Boyd Gaines, Lena Hall, Ann Harada, Carly Hughes, James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs, Nikki M. James, Jay
Armstrong Johnson, Rachel Bay Jones, Andy Karl, Andy Kelso, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Lesli Margherita, Constantine Maroulis, Kyle Dean Massey, Judy McLane, Andy Mientus, Ruthie Ann Miles, Bebe Neuwirth, Paul Nolan, Orfeh, David Hyde Pierce, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Josh Radnor, Courtney Reed, Alice Ripley, Nic Rouleau, Carrie St. Louis, Alex Sharp, Christopher Sieber, James Snyder, Neil Starkenberg, Alton Fitzgerald White, Patrick Wilson and Tony Yazbeck. The charismatic Jim Caruso of “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” at Birdland returned as host. The 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines. n
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Broadway Cares Strengthens a Safety Net of Services
erriam-Webster defines a safety net as “something that provides security against misfortune or difficulty.” That simple definition defies the depth and complexity of the social services safety net provided by The Actors Fund. For more than 25 years, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has been helping to support and strengthen that safety net, which thousands in the entertainment industry rely on every day. Beginning with funding to start the HIV/AIDS Initiative in 1988 to this year’s addition of $500,000 to help the Actors Health Insurance Resource Center, Broadway Cares has provided financial stability for The Actors Fund in support of colleagues who are in need, crisis or transition. “Since 1988, BC/EFA has awarded The Actors Fund a staggering $73 million and we are proud stewards of this support,” Actors Fund CEO Joseph Benincasa said. “And this year, BC/EFA granted a one-year record high of $4.6 million. How Broadway Cares inspires our community is absolutely miraculous and it makes The Fund’s good work possible.” BC/EFA is the single largest funder of The Actors Fund programs. Broadway Cares supports The Fund’s essential social service programs, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, the Actors Health Insurance Resource
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Center, the Actors Fund Work Program, The Dancers’ Resource and the Stage Managers’ Project. “The most important services offered by The Actors Fund are the counseling and comprehensive advocacy provided by the social service workers navigating the challenging bureaucracy of the many public and private support systems,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. And among the most challenging bureaucracies are those that have grown around the Affordable Care Act. “Getting health insurance or finding quality medical care is a constant concern for anyone who is uninsured or who isn’t covered by an employer, union or government health plan as is the case for many people who work in performing arts and entertainment,” said Barbara Davis, The Fund’s chief operating officer. “Thanks to BC/EFA’s generous grant of $500,000 in support of our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Actors Fund is in a position to connect everyone in our creative community across the country to health insurance and affordable health care.” The Actors Fund offers a comprehensive array of programs and services. By providing one-on-one sessions with social workers, group programs, seminars, employment and training services, free health care, supportive and senior housing, health insurance and more, The Actors Fund helps all entertainment professionals in need. Last year, The Fund assisted 17,000 people, a 28 percent increase over the previous year.
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The HIV/AIDS Initiative works with men and women in the entertainment industry to create confidential, holistic plans and support systems that will meet each person’s emotional, medical and financial needs. The HIV/AIDS Initiative facilitates support not just for those living with HIV/AIDS, but also for their caregivers and partners who are HIV-negative.
The Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center was started with the singular mission to insure every artist in the United States. Now that that goal is closer to reality, AHIRC is positioned to help the industry understand the Affordable Care Act, its opportunities and its implications.
The HIV/AIDS Initiative provides an array of supportive services including emergency financial assistance for basic necessities such as rent, food, health insurance and nonreimbursable medical expenses, case management referrals to other sources of community and public assistance, benefits advocacy, vocational retraining, counseling and support groups.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $2.1 million in support for the HIV/AIDS Initiative in 2014.
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The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, created in 1996 with a grant from Broadway Cares, is staffed by social workers experienced in helping women manage a range of critical health concerns. The initiative’s dedicated resources address needs specific to women, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, domestic violence, chemical dependency and mental health issues. The goal is to help women receive the care and support they need to reduce stress and focus on their wellness.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $600,000 in support for the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative in 2014.
With in-person counseling in New York and Los Angeles, national telephone support and workshops throughout the country, AHIRC continues to work to reduce the number of uninsured artists and expand access to quality, affordable health care.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $500,000 in support for AHIRC in 2014.
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A comprehensive employment and training program, the Actors Fund Work Program helps entertainment professionals identify and find sideline work and new careers in industries where their skills and experience are also valued. By highlighting the skills of entertainment industry professionals – such as communication, discipline, creativity, flexibility and professionalism – the Actors Fund Work Program has helped clients begin careers in many other industries, including teaching, administrative support, healing professions and real estate.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $300,000 in support for the Actors Fund Work Program in 2014.
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The Al Hirschfeld Free Heath Clinic addresses the immediate needs of those in the entertainment industry who are uninsured or underinsured. Located in New York City, the clinic provides urgent, primary and specialty care and patient education. The clinic addresses ongoing management of medical problems, urgent sick visits, flu vaccinations, prostate exams, breast examinations, tuberculosis and diabetes screening, blood pressure and cholesterol testing, vision screening and more. All lab work is free of charge. In collaboration with Project Renewal Scan Van, the clinic also provides free mammogram services each month.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $600,000 in support for the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic in 2014.
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The Dancers’ Resource
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Launched in 2007 with a grant from Broadway Cares, The Dancers’ Resource provides support, education and information through one-on-one counseling in New York City and telephone and email support to those across the country.
The Stage Managers’ National Health Directory offers a webbased directory providing Broadway and national touring companies with a list of doctors and health professionals in 28 cities across the country. The directory was asssembled by The Actors Fund as a single reliable source of doctors and specialists who can be called when cast members, crew and staff need medical care assembled the directory. The practitioners included were recommended by theatres, stage managers, actors and others in the entertainment industry.
Through a dedicated social worker, the program also offers groups for dancers dealing with injuries or other health concerns. Through these groups, dancers can safely and confidentially address the emotional issues and other complexities that are specific to dancers facing physical problems. The program also addresses mental health issues, eating disorders, substance abuse and depression.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $150,000 in support for The Dancers’ Resource in 2014.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided $50,000 in support for the Stage Managers’ Project in 2014. LEARN MORE
Casts and Crews Stay Flu-Free Thanks to PVA
ust as the fall theatrical season kicked into gear, the dreaded flu season was close behind. But Broadway and Off-Broadway were prepared.
Physician Volunteers for the Arts provided 5,000 free seasonal flu vaccinations to cast, crew and staff members at theatres, theatrical unions and management companies. This annual flu shot program, now in its 17th year, is sponsored by Actors’ Equity and funded by a $60,000 grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with supplemental funding from BWAY (Better Wellness and You). The program also provided free shots to t he theatre community on a walk-in basis at Actors’ Equity offices in New York and Los Angeles. Dr. Barry Kohn, medical director of Physician Volunteers for the Arts, and here with Jessie Mueller and Beautiful cast members, made theatre “house calls” to help keep highly contagious viral respiratory illnesses from spreading quickly through shows and offices. “Several strains of respiratory flu circulate around the world every year,” Kohn said. “By getting the flu shot, Broadway and Off-Broadway casts and crews are ensuring that the shows will go on.”n 10 [behind the] scenes
28th Annual Easter bonnet competition
Generous Theatre-goers Push Total to Record High
he generosity of theatre fans during six weeks of fundraising by 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies helped push the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition to another record high, raising $4,532,129.
Broadway veterans Idina Menzel and Denzel Washington joined newcomers Bryan Cranston and Fran Drescher to announce the final total April 21, following two stunning shows filled with song, dance, comedy and 17 elaborate, creative, custom-made bonnets.
theatre writer Michael Reidel. Reidel promised O’Malley “Broadway’s greatest award” – the coveted Easter Bonnet Competition trophy – but only if he completed an Into the Woods-inspired scavenger hunt for memorabilia snatched from Broadway shows. The number was directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone with music direction by Ben Cohn and lyrics by Vanessa Brown. In a number honoring the hard-working national touring shows, Kim Zimmer helped grumbling performers appreciate
The company of The Lion King won best bonnet presentation for an uproarious take-off of their own frequently winning presentations, this time featuring the booty-short wearing “two white guys” from their show aerobically dancing. After Midnight took runner-up honors for a crowd-pleasing number set in a speakeasy, delivering a sultry, jazz-infused take on Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” The special award for bonnet design was given to the company of Once for its bonnet, created by Becky Bodurtha. This year’s original opening number featured Rory O’Malley making a deal with devil, played with flair by New York Post [behind the] scenes 11
life on the road in a fun send-up of Avenue Q’s “It Sucks to Be Me,” directed and choreographed by Adam Fleming and written by Tim Fitz-Gerald. Comedy took center stage as the youngest stars of Disney’s Newsies, Luca Padovan and Zachary Unger, offered a spoton Broadway version of the legendary Abbott & Costello act “Who’s on First?” Other comedy skits included a slapstick routine between Murder for Two stars Brett Ryback and Jeff Blumenkrantz; a farcical take on the Once audition process by production assistants Eric Love and Ryan McCurdy; jokes about growing up with Jewish mothers from Seth Rudetsky and Judy Gold of Disaster!; and a monologue by Kinky Boots’ Adinah Alexander as a unitard-wearing Italian fashion designer. The cast of Mothers and Sons performed a comedic “first reading” of a fictional script with an introduction by playwright Terence McNally and surprise appearance by Tyne Daly. Avenue Q performed “One More Tour,” parodying Les Misérables, with a cameo by original cast member Ann Harada. Ensemble members from Mamma Mia! adapted Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” to lament the four long flights of steps to their dressing rooms in their new home at the Broadhurst Theatre. Cast members from Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella performed a sentimental dance
fundraising Awards Bonnet Presentation Winner..................................The Lion King Bonnet Design Winner..................................................... Once
Broadway Musicals Top Fundraiser First Runner-up Second Runner-up Third Runner-up
Kinky Boots.................................. $284,170 Beautiful - The Carole King Musical ..................................................... $208,697 Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella ..................................................... $206,941 The Book of Mormon................... $181,065
Broadway Plays Top Fundraiser First Runner-up
All the Way................................... $186,424 Mothers and Sons....................... $100,102
National Touring Shows Top Fundraiser First Runner-up Second Runner-up Third Runner-up
The Book of Mormon – Latter Day Company ..................................................... $405,009 Wicked – Munchkinland.............. $277,109 The Book of Mormon – Jumamosi Company ..................................................... $209,023 Wicked – Emerald City................ $182,704
Off-Broadway Top Fundraiser First Runner-up
Avenue Q........................................$28,577 Heathers.........................................$24,363
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while Joe Carroll played guitar and sang Air Supply’s “I’ll Find You.” The Easter Bonnet Competition also featured dance presentations by ASTEP, Keigwin + Company representing If/Then and MOMIX for Dancers Responding to AIDS, as well as special bonnets by BC/EFA’s affiliate organizations: Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Impact, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina. Jeremy Stolle from The Phantom of the Opera concluded each performance with David Friedman’s “Help is on the Way,” BC/EFA’s traditional Easter Bonnet finale, in a salute to Phantom’s longtime production stage manager Craig Jacobs. Hosts for the show included Brandon Victor Dixon and Jerry Dixon; Andy Karl and Jessie Mueller, Ramin Karimloo and Karen Ziemba, Ron Kunene and Tshidi Manye, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham, and Hunter Foster, Cass Morgan and Christopher Sieber. Since the Easter Bonnet Competition began in 1987, the event has raised more than $58 million for Broadway Cares. This year’s judges were introduced by the stars of Of Mice and Men: James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester. The judges were costume designer Gregg Barnes and actors Christopher Hanke, Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael McKean, Jim Norton, Patrick Page, Annie Potts and Anthony Rapp. Also joining the panel were Eric Forst and Peg Wendlandt, who both won spots by being high bidders on VIP packages at the 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition was directed by Kristin Newhouse with music supervision by Ben Cohen. Jason Trubitt served as production stage manager. The Easter Bonnet Competition was sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines. n
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Broadway Cares Reaches Across Northern Border
undraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a twice-a-year tradition generously embraced on Broadway, Off-Broadway and by national touring companies across the U.S.
And when shows venture north of the border, there’s a tradition there, too. Since 2003, the Actors’ Fund of Canada has had a unique collaborative fundraising relationship with Broadway Cares. When a U.S. national tour plays Toronto or other major Canadian cities, money raised by that tour during collections is shared equally with the Actors’ Fund of Canada. With this arrangement, U.S. tours can continue to be a part of BC/EFA’s grant-making while ensuring that money raised from Canadian audiences also assists those in the entertainment industry in their communities. With the generous participation of such U.S. tours as A Chorus Line, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Rent and The Wizard of Oz, more than $300,000 has been raised for the Actors’ Fund of Canada over the last 10 years. In addition, when a U.S. show originates in Canada or employs primarily Canadian actors, BC/EFA “sends grants north” in honor of their Canadian co-workers and colleagues. “By making it possible that funds raised by U.S. companies on tour in Canada be shared to benefit vulnerable artists and other community members here in Canada demonstrates, in the best possible way, that generosity and the willingness to help others is a trait common to us all,” said David Hope, executive director of the Actors’ Fund of Canada. “Our sincere thanks to Broadway Cares and all the American artists who make this unique collaboration possible.” The collaboration goes beyond post-performance collections in Broadway Cares’ famous red buckets. In October, the 14 [behind the] scenes
companies of The Book of Mormon and Wicked, in addition to making audience appeals during their wildly successful runs at The Princess of Wales and Ed Mirvish Theatres, teamed up to present a rousing benefit concert that featured more than 30 cast members from the two hit shows while both played Toronto. “I am very proud of our continued fundraising collaboration with the Actors’ Fund of Canada,” BC/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola said. “It is a pleasure to work with David Hope and staff. The essential permissions they secure from the theatre owners and the on-site assistance offered to tours when playing Toronto and across the Commonwealth allow the shows to continue to participate in our fundraising campaigns uninterrupted by borders. It is an honor to share the resources they raise from Canadian audiences with Canadian entertainment industry professionals through the good work of the Actors’ Fund of Canada.” n LEARN MORE
HIV criminalization REFORM BC/EFA Support for Sero Project Confronts Injustice
n most states, your HIV status can be used against you – even if you practice safe sex, are under medical care and have an undetectable viral load, which makes it virtually impossible to pass the virus. You could face criminal prosecution, an extended prison sentence and placement on sex offender registries.
But that is no longer the case in Iowa after a five-year effort by people with HIV, public health professionals and other advocates. Iowa’s legislature became the first in the country to modernize its HIV criminalization statute. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed the reform measure into law earlier this year. HIV criminalization – the wrongful use of one’s HIV status in a criminal or prosecution – has been widely opposed by public health experts because it furthers the spread of HIV. It fuels HIV-related stigma, discourages those at risk from getting tested and dissuades those who have tested positive from accessing treatment. Sero Project is a national network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice, focused on ending wrongful use of HIV-positive status in criminal prosecutions. With more than $95,000 in support from BC/EFA over the last two years, Sero worked with Iowa advocates to lead the fight to educate and mobilize statewide to advocate for reform. Leading public health and advocacy organizations, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, American Medical Association, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and The Center for HIV Law and Policy (a BC/EFA grantee) have recognized HIV criminalization as an important legal barrier to addressing HIV/AIDS across the nation. In most states, statutes that apply only to people with HIV have been used inappropriately, even recklessly, and often as an act of revenge or ignorance. The resulting ill-informed firestorm whips up irrational fears and outright prejudice, ignoring science. People have been convicted even if they used a condom, had no detectable virus and engaged only in sexual behaviors that pose little or no risk of HIV transmission. “It is an outrage these laws exist in the first place,” said Sean Strub, Sero Project executive director. “And it’s sad that every person with
HIV is one disgruntled ex-partner away from finding themselves in a courtroom. I’ve lived with HIV my entire adult life and in many ways HIV-related stigma is worse today than ever before.” Most of the laws were passed years ago when much less was known about the real routes and risks of HIV transmission. “No one should be prosecuted or imprisoned simply because they have HIV,” Strub said. “When Broadway Cares came onboard as one of our first supporters, it launched a movement that brought others to the table. Now, in Iowa, a person with HIV is no longer defined by his or her potential to infect others. Thanks to a growing number of advocates across the country, we hope other states will soon follow suit.” Tom Viola, BC/EFA’s executive director, called it terrible public policy. “HIV criminalization discourages people from being tested,” Viola said. “Ignorance of one’s HIV status becomes the best defense. Criminalization punishes the responsible behavior: getting tested and knowing your status. Actual HIV transmission is rarely the case in these prosecutions. It is about stigma. And it’s too often led by those who believe that people with HIV should not be having sex at all, which is unrealistic, inhumane and ignores what we know today about the real routes and risks of HIV transmission.” Iowa’s new statute takes into consideration whether there was intent to infect another person (which remains a serious crime), whether there was significant risk of transmission and whether transmission occurred. Disclosure of one’s status, use of a condom or following a doctor’s treatment regimen all are defenses under the revised bill. Nick Rhoades, a 39-year-old Iowan, was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison after a one-time sexual encounter, even though he used a condom, has an undetectable viral load and did not transmit HIV. “For me and others who have been prosecuted unjustly this is a huge milestone,” said Rhoades, who was active in the Iowa reform effort. “But it is only one step. This will not be finished until HIV is no longer used inappropriately in criminal prosecutions anywhere.” Viola added: “Our friends in Iowa no longer live in fear of persecution just because they have HIV. BC/EFA will continue to stand with Sero and those working to address this injustice. Simply having HIV is not a crime. Responsible behavior should not be punished. Our laws should reflect that.” n
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2014 National grants
Organizations Nationwide Provide Lifesaving Support
dozen young men, none older than 24, lined both sides of a long table in a nondescript meeting room in Charlotte, NC, sharing in vivid detail thoughts most often kept private. They debated when to disclose their HIV status to a potential partner and talked about the side effects of their current medications. “If I didn’t have that group, I don’t know how I’d deal,” Breonté, a 22-year-old newcomer to the group, said later. “I’d be depressed like I was back in middle school. And I probably wouldn’t have my medicine, either, so I would not be in good shape, not in good shape at all.” Just a few months after learning he was HIV-positive, Breonté talked about the lifesaving day he connected with RAIN, one of 463 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide that received a grant in 2014 from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Through three annual grant rounds, Broadway Cares awarded $5.7 million to health clinics, food and meal delivery programs, counseling centers and social service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. The grants mean that HIV-positive clients who are struggling will get housing in Birmingham, AL, and health care in Boston; home-delivered meals in Denver and financial help in Dayton, OH. A $5,000 grant from Broadway Cares helps provide vital services from day to day. “I can’t begin to tell you what it means to our clients,” said Stacie Lechot, executive director of North Idaho AIDS Coalition in Coeur d’Alene. “It’s giving them food for a week and gas cards to get to the pharmacy or to the doctor or a food bank. It’s so touching to know that people who don’t even know who we are – or even where Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is – are making lives better for so many people here.”
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In 2014, Broadway Cares awarded more than $1.5 million to 117 food pantries and congregate meal and meal delivery programs; $780,000 to 40 nationally recognized AIDS service agencies, health clinics and advocacy organizations; and $1.9 million to 306 organizations providing direct services, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction and quality of life services. “Despite the economic challenges still impacting much of the country, we’re quite fortunate that fundraising has recovered for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS from the lows of a few years ago,” BC/EFA Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We now proudly support organizations in all 50 states. We take great pride in our coast-to-coast, border-to-border commitment to make sure these important services can continue to help hundreds of thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illness.” Whether it’s on the isolated rural roads of Coeur d’Alene or the crowded city streets of Chicago, the financial support Broadway
Cares provides AIDS service organizations is critical to ensuring help reaches through who need it most. “If you have access to resources, HIV/AIDS is a livable condition,” said the Rev. Stan J. Sloan, chief executive officer of Chicago House, which received a $35,000 grant from Broadway Cares this year. “But if you are poor, it can feel insurmountable. And if we’re going to help someone move forward with their life you can’t just address one part of their life. If they need housing, you need to help them find housing. If they need case management or psychological services, you’ve got to help them get that or there’s no way they’re going to successfully stay employed or successfully stay in their housing. We can’t do that work without the dollars we get from places like Broadway Cares.”
sking for help was very hard. A I couldn’t open up my mouth to even say the word ‘help,’ let alone talk about HIV. When I found RAIN, it all changed. I really feel like they saved my life.” Breonté in Charlotte, NC
For the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the $15,000 grant from BC/EFA means much-needed access to a food pantry for residents of 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. “Our food pantry not only provides a food source for people but it also provides an opportunity to see their case manager to continually assess their needs,” said the task force’s executive director, Charles L. Christen. “Our clients will often hang out in our lobby and just talk with one another, which is so important. It’s another means of social support for people who are not often able, because of the stigma of HIV, to talk with other people who are HIV positive and to feel safe about it.” That sense of safety and community underscores all that San
Antonio AIDS Foundation accomplishes with its $7,500 grant from Broadway Cares. Among its many services, SAAF offers one of the few programs in the country that serves three nutritious meals a day, 365 days a year. “Food is love and all the kindness that goes into it,” said SAAF Deputy Executive Director Jill Rips. “So three times a day our clients know they can come in to a comfortable setting to eat a meal where there’s so much socialization around it. It has major positive impact on their physical and emotional well-being.” Since 1988, BC/EFA has awarded more than $82 million to hundreds of AIDS and family service organizations due to the generosity of Broadway Cares’ supporters. “Asking for help was very hard,” Breonté, from Charlotte, said. “It was very hard because I couldn’t open up my mouth to even say the word ‘help,’ let alone talk about HIV. It was eating me up inside so bad. I felt like I failed. I felt like nobody would really understand. I felt like nobody would really care. I felt like my life was just over in a sense. I wanted help but I didn’t know how to ask for it. And then when I found RAIN, it all changed. I really feel like they saved my life.” The Rev. Deborah C. Warren, founder, president and CEO of RAIN, said Breonté’s success – and that of hundreds of other clients – couldn’t happen without the generosity of so many who stand with organizations like BC/EFA from year to year. “Broadway Cares and its donors have really invested in us and we feel that every day,” Warren said. “All we can really say is thank you so much for your kind, caring and compassionate support.” n
STATE BY STATE
Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs $1,565,500 to 117 Organizations
Nationally Recognized AIDS Service and Advocacy Organizations $780,000 to 40 Organizations
Local AIDS Service Organizations $1,911,000 to 306 Organizations
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broadway bares: Rock Hard!
Broadway’s Sexiest Dancers Shake, Rattle & Disrobe
L. Profit to be the queen of felines with a sexy pride of shirtless male panthers. Adam Perry sensuously guided a tribe of freeliving hippies in a hallucinogenic dance set to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
A luscious, modern-day mix tape of sensual sights and sounds featuring 170 of New York’s sexiest dancers, the 24th edition of Broadway Bares raised $1,386,105 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
In a mix of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Get Off,” James Harkness seductively led a crew of male dancers in a precision routine. A tribute to Michael Jackson featured Donna Michelle Vaughn recreating many of the King of Pop’s signature moves as a sextet of shirtless men carried her across the stage.
onoring iconic music moments and songs from Elvis to Pink, Aerosmith to Prince, Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! got a crowd of more than 5,000 people rocking, jumping and cheering for more at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on June 22.
The opening number found Matthew Saldivar and Joey Taranto as dads longing for the rock concerts of their youth. The pair stepped into a dream world of hard rockers with ripped abs and voluptuous divas, written by Matthew Sklar and Amanda Green. The gyrating and twerking Brandon Rubendall mesmerized a sock-hop-happy stage of young men in a tribute to Elvis. The music of Stevie Nicks served as the soundtrack for a coven of fierce women, led by Heather Lang, who recruited and cast a spell on an innocent Paloma Garcia-Lee. A rivalry between cat-themed college mascots proved Chondra 20 [behind the] scenes
Tina Turner’s sensual “Private Dancer” provided the perfect soundtrack for stage full of passionate private dancers, led by Charlie Sutton and his “client,” Lawrence Alexander. The sweet dreams of a teddy bear-clutching Ryan Lyons turned into nightmares as he was pulled into an aerial cage of risqué demons who slowly stripped off his bedtime clothes. Comedy was king (or Queen) as an ornate Elizabethian, Alex Ringler, and his mischievous court jester, Cedric Leiba Jr., humorously inspected her majesty’s royal guard - intimately. And a group therapy session for the sexually repressed turning into a bawdy lesson in the hands of “doctor” Joshua Buscher.
Marine veteran and now model Alex Minsky kept setting off a TSA screening “detector,” until he was stripped and wearing only a star-spangled jock. The muscled and tattooed Minsky lost his right leg and suffered other extensive injuries after his truck ran over an explosive while he served in Afghanistan. After his recovery, a chance encounter with a professional photographer sparked Minsky’s fast-rising modeling career. In honor of Minsky, Broadway Cares made a $10,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Lesli Margherita played a security guard who forced Tony Award nominee Andy Karl and Patrick Page to go shirtless to gain admission while Tony winner Alan Cumming sailed through. Surprise special guest James Franco created quite the stir, which ultimately required a full-body frisking by drag diva Bianca Del Rio. Adding to the live concert energy of Rock Hard!, Constantine Maroulis performed a stirring rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Morgan James and Syndee Winters brought the show to its raucous finale with a Broadway Bares version of Pink’s “Raise
Your Glass.” Closing the evening, two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber led the show’s famous “rotation” where the entire cast stormed on stage to receive individual tips from audience members. Echoing a message that has been a part of Broadway Bares from the beginning, Bares creator and executive producer Jerry Mitchell reminded the audience: “Safe sex is hot sex. We can best love each other by always remembering to protect each other.” Nick Kenkel returned for a second year as director. Choreographers for Rock Hard! included Kenkel, John Alix, Laya Barak, Paula Caselton, Jim Cooney, Peter Gregus, Zach Hensler, Dontee Kiehn, Brice Mousset, Michael Lee Scott, Kellen Stancil, Wes Veldink and Sidney Erik Wright. Aerial choreography was created by The Living Art of Armando and Ryan Lyons. Presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam delivered a $300,000 check, presented by Jennifer Balbier, M∙A∙C senior vice president of global product development and M∙A∙C AIDS Fund board member. Balbier also saluted the extraordinary [behind the] scenes 21
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skills of more than 60 M∙A∙C make-up artists who volunteered on the show.
Next Magazine, Showtime Networks and the Zarley Family Foundation.
As production stage manager, BC/EFA’s Valerie Lai led a stage management team of 30 men and women. Their tireless efforts were bolstered by a community of designers, technicians and volunteers onstage, backstage, under the stage, upstairs in the VIP area and front of house.
The 2014 Broadway Bares season started in January with Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, raising $32,781 and included Broadway Bares: Solo Strips in May, adding $16,140 toward the $1.3 million total.
Generous support came from presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, United Airlines, CAA, DIRECTV, Get Services, Here Media, Mark Fisher Fitness, Marriott Marquis New York,
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Broadway Bares Strip-a-thon Breaks Fundraising Record
he talents of the Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! cast and crew reached far beyond the walls of Hammerstein Ballroom. In the weeks leading up to the show, more than 275 of the talented men and women from onstage and backstage participated in Strip-a-thon, an online fundraising competition. Through the generosity of friends, families and supporters, they raised a record $429,153. Ricky Schroeder was honored as the top individual fundraiser competing in Strip-a-thon, generating $13,500 in donations. He was closely followed by Ben Ryan with $11,510 and Cody Lancaster with $10,610. Runners-up among the Strip-a-thon women were Madeline Reed with $6,464 and Paloma Garcia-Lee with $5,301. Outgoing BC/EFA Producing Director Michael Graziano, who was leading his last Broadway Bares after 20 years with Broadway Cares, was the top overall fundraiser, bringing in an astonishing $64,110. Eight additional fundraisers received special recognition for individually raising more than $5,000: Erik Altemus, Steve Bratton, James Brown III, Andrew Glaszek, Peter Gregus, Olga
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Karmansky, Johnny Milani and Mark MacKillop. The team of dancers representing the opening number and finale raised the most money per person, followed by The Rolling Stones and Queen teams. Strip-a-thon has become an increasingly important component to Broadway Bares’ fundraising efforts, and was a significant factor in Rock Hard!’s record-breaking success. n
Bucks county cabaret
Radiant Linda Eder Explores Classics, Standards and Pop
n exuberant audience filled the Bucks County Playhouse to cheer celebrated singer Linda Eder as she headlined this year’s edition of Bucks County Cabaret and helped raise an impressive $131,650. Eder’s vocal dexterity was on full display at the historic New Hope, PA, theatre as she rolled through an array of Broadway classics, standards and pop hits. Her set list included everything from Irving Berlin to ABBA, Andrew Lloyd Weber to Barbra Streisand. “I grew up as very much a Minnesota farm girl,” Eder told the captivated crowd on October 4. “I dreamed of being on stage, but I never thought I’d be a singer because I was too shy. Little did I know that one day I’d be on a Broadway stage.” Eder originated the role of Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde and has become one of the most popular concert singers in the country. She first burst onto the music scene during an unprecedented 12-week championship run on TV’s original Star Search. And while reminiscing throughout the evening about her personal journey, Eder also underscored the goal of the evening – supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She even enthusiastically joined in a spirited live auction immediately after her performance, helping to raise even more for Broadway Cares. “Linda personifies the community spirit in Bucks County and the surrounding area,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares. “She shared her artistic talents while giving graciously of her time to help those less fortunate. It’s a trait
that we consistently and continually see from all in the Bucks County area. Their longtime commitment to providing help and showing compassion for those affected by HIV/AIDS makes it an honor for us to produce Bucks County Cabaret. That support helped us award grants of more than $260,000 to 25 organizations in Pennsylvania, including $10,000 in support to Bucks County-based F.A.C.T. – Fighting AIDS Continuously Together.” Eder opened the show with “Through the Eyes of Love (Theme from Ice Castles),” which helped propel her on Star Search. She went on to weave her way through a jazzy version of “Stormy Weather,” Broadway classics from Evita, The Sound of Music and Jekyll & Hyde, a sultry “At Last” and more. As she does for most performances, Eder concluded with her signature song, “Vienna,” the title song from Man of La Mancha and a heavenly version of “Over the Rainbow.” Eder was accompanied by music director William Stein on piano and Peter Calo on guitar. Following the performance, BC/EFA friend Lorna Kelly led the lively auction that included backstage Broadway meetand-greet experiences with Hugh Jackman, Idina Menzel and Alan Cumming, as well as a special evening with Eder at her upcoming holiday concert. This year’s Bucks County Cabaret was sponsored by The New York Times, Showtime Networks and United Airlines, with special thanks to Bridge Street Foundation, Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and the staff and crew of Bucks County Playhouse. n PHOTOS & VIDEOS
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Furry Friends Find Forever Homes in Shubert Alley
ozens of adoptable dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes joined hundreds of pet lovers to fill the New York City theatre district’s famed Shubert Alley as 60 of Broadway’s favorite performers volunteered their time to help raise awareness for adopting rescue pets.
For many of the animals, their short lives have been a struggle, but they basked in love and adoration July 12 at the 16th annual edition of Broadway Barks, the star-studded pet adoption event founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore and presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Peters welcomed an exuberant crowd of two-legged and fourlegged friends to Shubert Alley, including her kitten-cuddling co-host, James Franco, an Academy Award nominee and star of Broadway’s Of Mice and Men. A self-professed cat person, Franco couldn’t help but nuzzle a tiny domestic shorthair named Totes McGoates. Franco stepped in for Moore, who was unable to attend this year. Broadway Barks raises funds and awareness for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of 150 nonprofit shelters and rescue groups working to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at city shelters. In addition to finding forever homes for pets, the event promotes the importance of spaying and neutering. The highlight for many of those filling Shubert Alley is when Broadway stars take the stage with the dogs and cats available for adoption. Hugging the huskies and petting the poodles, the 60 celebrities introduced each shelter and rescue group represented at the event and showed off the pooches available to take home. 24 [behind the] scenes
Tony nominee Will Swenson raved about the dog he rescued three years ago. “He’s the highlight of our kids’ lives,” Swenson said. “Butler is a shepherd-pit bull mix that we adopted from BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition). He was just a year old then and he quickly became a part of our family. He’s just the best.” Among this year’s all-star presenters were Brooks Ashmanskas, P.J. Benjamin, Bill Berloni, Sierra Boggess, Paige Brady, Zach Braff, Krystal Joy Brown, Danny Burstein, Jane Carr, Victoria Clark, Lauren Cohn, Jenn Colella, Nick Cordero, Colin Donnell, John Dossett, Christine Dwyer, Linda Emond, Felicia Finley, Jessie Fisher, Barrett Foa, Sarah Greene, Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, Matt Harrington, Bill Heck, Samantha Hill, Jackie Hoffman, James Monroe Iglehart, Rachel Bay Jones, Andy Karl, Anika Larsen, Norm Lewis, Lesli Margherita, Kyle Dean Massey, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Judy McLane, Andy Mientus, Jessie Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Jim Norton, Jill Paice, Vincent Pastore, Gabriella Pizzolo, Courtney Reed, Ciara Renée, Cliff Saunders, Margo Seibert, Christopher Sieber, Ripley Sobo, Jarrod Spector, Mary Testa, Ava Ulloa, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe, Heléne Yorke and Karen Ziemba. The afternoon started with a special appearance by Jessie Mueller, this year’s Tony Award-winning best actress in a musical. Mueller joined her cast mates from Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, who started the festivities with the 1962 hit “Chains,” written by King and Gerry Goffin. Broadway Barks is sponsored by the ASPCA and The New York Times. It is presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and produced by Scott T. Stevens, Patty Saccente and Richard Hester. n PHOTOS
Collegiate Fundraisers Unite for Cares Continues Concert
singing “Alone” by Heart. The finale, “Man in the Mirror,” featured Julia Mattison, most recently seen in Broadway’s Godspell, closing the show with a message of hope that this could be the generation when the epidemic ends.
The 90-minute concert September 29 at New York City’s The Cutting Room featured performances by alumni of Boston Conservatory, Elon University, Emerson College, The Hartt School, Ithaca College, Syracuse University and Wagner College.
The concert, which also included favorites such as “Against All Odds,” “How Will I Know” and “Flashdance...What a Feeling,” was directed by Michael Bello with music direction by Jason Yarcho. New York’s Sons of Origin served as the house band for the evening, performing covers of U2, Talk Talk and more. Cares Continues was conceived and produced by Broadway Cares outreach associate Sarah Mitchel with volunteers Michael Bello, Sara DeViney and Allison Dufford.
he alumni of some of Broadway Cares’ most successful collegiate fundraising efforts threw an ‘80s rock party to raise awareness and stir activism among a younger generation too often removed from the HIV/AIDS crisis.
The first Cares Continues concert, which raised $1,340, underscored the need for the “next generation” to join the fight against HIV/AIDS. Diagnosis rates are increasing the fastest for 20 to 24 year olds, a community that’s been all but silenced by the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. The concert paired statements and stories from young people directly affected by HIV/AIDS with the classic ’80s songs that brought generations together. The show kicked off with a Donna Summer medley that got the audience clapping, followed by Adam Kaplan from Newsies
“As a millennial myself and working with theatre students I find that much of my generation sees HIV/AIDS as a distant crisis that affected our parents’ generation,” Mitchel said. “We wanted to create an event that would call upon young people to acknowledge how this disease is affecting our generation and show that we are still needed in this fight.” Melody Madarasz, one of the evening’s performers, shared the thoughts of others about battling HIV: “We are fortunate today that HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence. But that is only true because of those who have died and the people who still work tirelessly to understand and try to find a cure. I always say look back to see what people have done for you. Where you are today is because of a lot of people not just because of yourself.” Plans for a second Cares Continues are underway as colleges across the country continue to raise awareness and host benefits for Broadway Cares. n LEARN MORE
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Fire Island Dance Festival
Anniversary Celebration Marries Dance with Nature’s Beauty
rtistry, romance and remembrance marked a stunning, sold-out 20th anniversary edition of Fire Island Dance Festival on July 18-20.
The festival, performed outdoors on the shores of the Great South Bay in Fire Island Pines, NY, raised a record-shattering $533,860 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The weekend-long celebration featured professional dancers entertaining audiences with ballet, modern, Broadway and even traditional Hawaiian dance. This year’s festival also included the world premieres of works choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, Marcelo Gomes, Nick Kenkel, Patrick Makuakāne and Troy Schumacher. During the festival’s 20 years, 48 new works have had their world premieres at Fire Island Dance Festival. “At moments like this, we must take time to remember all the talent, creativity and friendships we’ve lost, while celebrating the progress we’ve made and the opportunities we have to make a difference for those who need our help the most,” said Denise Roberts Hurlin, founding director of Dancers Responding to AIDS. The festival opened with Gomes, renowned principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, charming corps de ballet member Luciana Paris in the romantic pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet. Each performance concluded with Ailey II’s soul-stirring “Wade in the Water” from Revelations.
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Sara Mearns, principal dancer for New York City Ballet, traded pointe shoes for sassy heels in “Stairway to Paradise,” a slinky, sexy Broadway showstopper created by Bergasse, who made his Broadway choreographic debut this fall with On the Town. Kenkel, a gifted Broadway gypsy-turned-choreographer and director, premiered “Good in Goodbye,” an affectionate tribute to a friend lost too soon. Jon Eden from MOMIX masterfully manipulated a 22-foot-tall fan of silk to create dramatic, rippling effects in a magical duet with the wind. Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu brought the flavor of the Hawaiian islands in Makuakāne’s hypnotizing all-male hula dance. Jon Bond, a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, performed his solo “My Move,” displaying a fierce, iridescent personality.
Kristine Bendul, David Elder and Kurt Froman recreated “Secret Garden: Adam, Eve & Steve,” an elegant pas de trois originally choreographed in 1997 for Broadway Bares by the late Arte Phillips. BalletCollective premiered an excerpt from Schumacher’s “Dear and Blackbirds,” a new work that explores the complicated inner workings of relationships. In addition to performing, Gomes also choreographed the premiere of “Igual,” which means “equal” in Gomes’ native Portuguese. Four members of Complexions Contemporary Ballet performed the intricate choreography set to an original score by Ian Ng. Sharing hosting duties were critically acclaimed choreographers Jerry Mitchell, a two-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer, and Larry Keigwin, artistic director of KEIGWIN + COMPANY. Mark Stuart Dance Theatre performed excerpts of its new dance musical, STANDARD TIME, on July 18, as part of an exclusive festival kick-off event for Leadership Supporters at the Albert Lepage Pavilion at Whyte Hall. Fire Island Dance Festival was sponsored by The New York Times, United Airlines, BV Wines, DIRECTV, Get Services, Here Media, Movmnt Magazine, Next Magazine, Pines Bistro, Sayville Ferry, Southern Wine & Spirits and Tony’s Barge Service. n PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Five Companies Electrify Hudson Valley Dance Festival
sold-out audience, captivated by performances from five world-class dance companies, filled the Historic Catskill Point on October 11 for the second annual edition of Hudson Valley Dance Festival.
Transforming the 19th century warehouse on the banks of the Hudson River into a one-of-a-kind performance space, Hudson Valley Dance Festival raised $121,125. Pontus Lidberg Dance opened this year’s performance with Faune, a piece about identity set to a sensuous score by Claude Debussy. Gallim Dance showcased its vivid imagination and
hyperkinetic physicality in Pupil Suite, choreographed by Artistic Director Andrea Miller. KEIGWIN + COMPANY presented an excerpt from Mattress Suite, exploring the delight and despair of a couple’s entanglements. Four members of Dorrance Dance treated the audience to an energizing tap number, excerpted from the company’s recently premiered ETM: The Initial Approach. Closing the evening, the venerable Paul Taylor Dance Company presented Promethean Fire, which featured 16 dancers weaving themselves through intricate patterns. The money raised at Hudson Valley Dance Festival will help Broadway Cares award grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, including several based in the Hudson Valley. Among the area organizations awarded grants in 2014 were AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal), Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Animalkind and Matthew 25 Food Pantry. Hudson Valley Dance Festival was sponsored by The New York Times, United Airlines, City National Bank and Catskill Mountain Foundation.n PHOTOS & VIDEOS
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BEYOND THE FOOTLIGHTS Broadway’s Brightest Shine in Intimate Salon
n extraordinary evening of songs and stories by some of Broadway Cares’ most talented supporters ushered in autumn at this year’s edition of Salon. Hosted at the New York City penthouse of BC/EFA supporter Ron Pobuda, the intimate soiree included stunning views of Central Park and even more impressive performances. Broadway and television star Kevin Spirtas acted as emcee, beginning the evening with Peter Allen’s “The Boy Next Door.” Thirteen-year-old Lilla Crawford, Broadway’s most recent Annie who stars as “Little Red” in the Disney film version of Into the Woods, joined the movie’s Rapunzel, Mackenzie Mauzy, in a memorable duet. The evening also included performances by Tony winner Nikki M. James, Tony Award nominee Charl Brown, Harvey Evans, John Arthur Greene, James Harkness, Christopher Jackson and recent America’s Got Talent finalist Branden James. Newsies conductor Mat Eisenstein accompanied the vocalists on piano. Telly Leung closed the evening with Pink’s hit “Raise Your Glass,” which he asked everyone to do to acknowledge benefactor Matthew Hui, who helped underwrite Salon as a way to celebrate his birthday and support Broadway Cares. This year’s edition raised $20,000. n
Groupon Offers Unforgettable Night at Hedwig with NPH
t’s not an opportunity that comes along very often. Spend a weekend in New York City, see the Tony Award-winning smash hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch from producers’ house seats, enjoy a backstage tour and meet the show’s gregarious star, Neil Patrick Harris, and his cast mates. But because of a new partnership between Groupon and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one lucky person got to live out that dream in August. For a $10 donation to Broadway Cares, anyone could enter a special Groupon sweepstakes to win the unique experience. “This was the opportunity of a lifetime!,” said Laurie Levine, who’s name was randomly drawn from more than 16,000 entries. “We’ve been fans and supporters of Broadway Cares for years. Getting to see Hedwig and then talking, laughing and taking photos with Neil afterward made for an unforgettable day!” Levine shared the experience with her daughter Rebekah. The sweepstakes raised an astounding $165,370. Kyle Klatt, program manager for Groupon Grassroots and Cause Marketing, was enthusiastic about the new relationship with Broadway Cares. “Groupon was proud to partner with 28 [behind the] scenes
BC/EFA on an amazing experience with Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Neil Patrick Harris,” Klatt said. “We love offering our subscribers an easy way to make a difference with an important cause and we look forward to continuing the partnership.” n
Gay Games Gives Back with Donation to Broadway Cares
he ninth edition of the Gay Games inspired everyone to go for the gold and helped raise some “green” for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
During the August 9 opening ceremonies in Cleveland, athletes and fans from 48 states and 52 countries sent $10 text donations to Broadway Cares and dropped dollars in BC/EFA’s signature red buckets, held by 100 local volunteers. Thanks to their generosity, the Federation of Gay Games and Patrick Roberge Productions, Broadway Cares received $25,000. Broadway played a key role in the ceremonies as Andrea McArdle, the original Annie, performed, along with Alex Newell, from TV’s Glee. McArdle and Newell also reminded the audience that AIDS is not over. The highest-risk group for contracting HIV is men 13 to 29 years old, a message that hit home with the young athletes. n
Couples Turn Personal Celebrations Into Benefits for BC/EFA
hree couples of longtime Broadway Cares supporters recently found unique ways to use personal celebrations to raise support for BC/EFA.
she said. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, Chow worked on the tryouts of Wicked and White Christmas, keeping her close to the communities supported by BC/EFA.
In May, Steven Filenbaum and Matthew Woolf celebrated their marriage with an enthusiastic crowd of family and friends. The celebration took place at New York City’s Society of Illustrators museum. Not only was the venue distinctive, but the wedding gifts the couple requested were too: they asked guests to give a donation to Broadway Cares in lieu of gifts.
Chow dated her now-husband Graham Hill for 10 years, so the long-term couple wasn’t looking for material wedding gifts. “It just seemed natural to do some fundraising, and make this special day for us something special for others, too.,”Chow said.
Filenbaum and Woolf are committed BC/EFA champions. “Raising funds for Broadway Cares allowed us to mark our special occasion by supporting a charity that we are both involved with and quite passionate about,” Woolf said. “After more than 30 years together, we didn’t need a waffle iron or a toaster oven. So we were thrilled and honored that our guests donated $8,368 to Broadway Cares instead.” This fall, theatre company manager Tiffini Chow and her fiancé used their wedding registry to raise money for Broadway Cares. Having spent five years with the national tours of Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera, Chow knows all about handson fundraising. “I was the one holding buckets, counting money and finding a bank to deposit donations in each city,”
New Yorkers Geoff Hoefer and Thomas Wei turned their summer Pride celebration into a fundraiser for Broadway Cares. “Every year, we have around 150 guests and typically many of them will bring us a thank you gift,” Hoefer said. “So this year, rather than bringing a bottle of wine, we encouraged people to give something a little more meaningful.” Although the couple has frequently given to Broadway Cares during audience appeals, this was the first time they had donated to BC/EFA outside a night at the theatre. At the party, with a view of the Empire State Building’s rainbow lights, the attendees raised an impressive $3,190. “We wanted to throw a party and have a good time,” Hoefer said, “while remembering that there are those out there less fortunate who need our help.”
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Local business Support
Cookies, Cones and Kettle Bells Lift Businesses’ Support
upport for Broadway Cares’ mission doesn’t stop at the stage doors of New York’s theatre district. It stretches from bakeries, burger joints and ice cream shops to the hottest spot in the city for getting fit.
Several New York City businesses are channeling their passions into fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Mark Fisher Fitness, a boutique fitness center born out of the Broadway community, serves as the official “non-gym” of Broadway Bares. By producing over-the-top, one-night events such as the Unicorn Follies, the Mark Fisher Fitness community – or “ninjas,” as they call themselves – has raised $74,025 for Broadway Cares. This year alone the ninjas final tally from Bares fundraising topped $34,400. While the ninjas of Mark Fisher Fitness provide support to shed pounds and, like this year’s Bares theme, get “rock hard,” others offer indulgent confections to drum up donations. It’s not unusual to see long lines of customers snaking out the door at Schmackary’s Cookies, the “official cookie of Broadway.” But for one week in May, the smiling faces serving the New York City bakery’s confectionary delights were not your regular bakers. More than 30 Broadway stars stepped behind the counter to join in Schmackary’s second Broadway Bakes fundraiser for BC/EFA. The celebrities stopped by the popular theatre district cookie shop to work two-hour shifts. Half of the sales and all of the tips generated during the shifts were donated to Broadway Cares. This year, the grand total reached an impressive $16,051, bringing their two-year total to nearly $25,000. Zachary Schmahl, owner, creator and cookie master of Schmackary’s, said the Broadway community has supported the shop since he opened more than two years ago: “When it came 30 [behind the] scenes
time to give back, Schmackary’s wanted to assist the Broadway community. It made sense to provide support through Broadway Cares.” Just two blocks away, Shake Shack Times Square hosted special fundraising efforts. Several times during the year Broadway Cares received a $2 donation from the sale of every “Red Ribbon Concrete,” a treat made in honor of BC/EFA’s wellknown logo. And year round, 25 cents of every “Great White Way” sold goes to Broadway Cares. “Many of our customers are Broadway fans or are in the neighborhood to see a show,” said General Manager Cat Kruegler. “They feel empowered to give back when they know that they can enjoy a delicious dessert while also supporting a cause that they love and feel connected to.” Throughout the country, Ben & Jerry’s celebrates its annual anniversary with Free Cone Day, providing complimentary treats to customers. On that day, guests are invited to give donations in exchange for their desserts, with each store naming a local charity to support. Broadway Cares was selected as the charitable partner for Free Cone Day at two Manhattan Ben & Jerry locations, in Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza. In one day, the two stores raised $3,486 from customers with the stores chipping in an additional $1,000. “I hope to do even more in the future,” said James Healey, owner of the two Ben & Jerry’s stores. “In fact, we’re already discussing other fundraising ideas throughout the year. Who knew giving back would be so fun?”n
Angels Circle 2013-2014 Providing a Sustainable Foundation The following are members of the Angels Circle as of October 1, 2014. Names in bold indicate Broadway Cares Archangels, donors who increased their gift by 25 percent or more over the previous year. Members of the Angels Circle include individuals, organizations, family foundations and corporations. Contributions are unrestricted and not related to event or merchandise purchases. On behalf of our volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees and the many men, women and children with HIV/AIDS and other lifethreatening illnesses who count on Broadway Cares for assistance, we salute these donors. In appreciation of an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, Angels receive VIP status at some of Broadway Cares’ most high-profile events, including Gypsy of the Year and Easter Bonnet Competition, as well as a host of other exciting benefits. There are many ways to become a member of the Angels Circle. You can join as an individual, a couple, a family or even as part of a group of friends, co-workers, fan club or sports league. You can charge your membership on a monthly or quarterly basis. In addition, if your employer matches charitable contributions, a gift of $500 or more can qualify you for membership at the $1,000 level. For more information about the benefits of the Angels Circle, please contact Danny Whitman, director of communications and development, at email@example.com or 212.840.0770, ext. 239.
Executive Producer gifts of $100,000 and above The Fred Ebb Foundation Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder
gifts from $50,000 to $99,999 Bonnie Pfeifer Evans & The Charles Evans Foundation* The Shubert Organization
gifts from $25,000 to $49,999 Laura M. Boedeker Myrna & Freddie Gershon remember Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Allen, Tom Eyen, Arthur Laurents, Marty Richards and Lou Reed H. van Ameringen Foundation Sam & Happy Shipley Hollis Stern The Ted Snowdon Foundation
Reel Time Video Production: Jonathan Frank & Alex Pearlman
James J. Andrews*
Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy
Jerome S. Glazer Foundation
Stuart S. Applebaum in memory of Mr. Vincent Zito
George E. Jordan in memory of Michel G. Delhaise
Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White
Richard P. Baks
Theatrical Stage Employees Local One/IATSE
Larry Luing & Dario Espinosa
Paris Baldacci & Andrew S. Dolkart
The Tiger Baron Foundation
Kevin R. Lyle
John Voege & Geoffrey Paul
Scott Mallalieu & Nathaniel Fuchs
Jordan Barbakoff & Philip Jeffery in loving memory of Rob Sinacore
Peter McKown Calvin Mitchell
gifts from $5,000 to $9,999 Actors’ Equity Foundation James D. Akins, Jr. Sam Altman in memory of Murray Schapiro and Shirley Herz The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation ATPAM The Barrington Foundation, Inc. Willard Beckham Elaine D. Berger Roger Berlind
Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch
Bertsch Family Charitable Foundation in memory of June Bertsch
George L. Bielitz & John Derco
gifts from $10,000 to $24,999 Patrick Crosetto Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. William W. Donnell John W. Holloway William J. Levy Paul Libin & Florence Rowe Libin
The Carl Jacobs Foundation City National Bank Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr. Samantha & Drew Cohen The Column Awards Scott Dainton Deborah Dakin
Ruth Neale Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Rob O’Neill & Shawn Anderson Paul Oppedisano Playbill, Inc. ® Mimi Prentice Merle Reskin Rockers on Broadway Jose Rojas & Nina Cavalli Schaeffer Family Foundation Amy Sherman-Palladino Eileen T. Stapleton The Stephanie & Carter McClelland Foundation Anthony Sweeney David Terveen Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE Robert Tuschman The Waldman Foundation Randy Weddle Nina & Gary Wexler Barbara Whitman
Dr. Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation in honor of Samuel J. Friedman
Newman’s Own Foundation
The Fosdick Fund
John Okuloski & Frank Duff
I. Steven Goldstein & William Popeleski, Jr.
The Palette Fund
Jill & Marty Handelsman
gifts from $2,500 to $4,999
James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen
Actors Federal Credit Union
Bob Avian & Peter Pileski
John Barnes & Charles Champagne Scott Bass & Dominic Chiarello Melvin Bernhardt & Jeff Woodman Robert Billig & Richard Vida Walter Bobbie & David Frye Tina & Jeffrey Bolton Family Fund John Bowab Deborah & Steven Cavalier CESD Talent Agency Charlie & Moll Anderson Foundation Cathy Chernoff Tracy Cohen & William Ludel Paula Kaminsky Davis Mitties M. DeChamplain in loving memory of Stephen Anthony Moore Jamie deRoy in memory of Bradshaw Smith Drew Desky & Dane Levens Sam Ellis in memory of Doris Eaton Travis Joe Evall & Richard Lynn in memory of Spencer Cox Robert Evers Peter Farrell* Donald Filicetti & John Mackerey Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow
Diane M. & Kevin Wilshere
John Paul Geurts & Robert W. Stolt
Dale Glasser in memory of Steven Glasser Adan J. Goldfarb Liam Harvey & Jim Stake
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Angels Circle 2013-2014 Jerry Herman
Robert C. Hickman
Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield and John Heppenstall
Beech Street Foundation
Duke Dang & Charles Rosen* in loving memory of David Panzer
William S. Hoover, MD Matthew P. Hui Kathy Inch John L. McHugh Foundation Doug Johnson & Valerie Gordon-Johnson The Johnson Family Foundation Kelly Karavites & Francis P. King Kathryn Keneally & Thomas Marshall Karen Kennedy in memory of Muriel & Bob Kennedy Edgar A. Knudson Nina & Timothy Lannan in memory of Arthur Siccardi III Angela Lansbury Jay Laudato & Thomas Watson Stephanie Lee/Group Sales Box Office Judith Light & Robert Desiderio Fran Macferran John Mandler & William Velhagen Lee Manford Steven Markov & Jeffrey Meleski James Martin Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley in memory of Gary Bonasorte Mary McColl David R. McShane & The Samantha Fund Mark Mendelson Keith Miller Marianne McGrath Mills Jonathan Mintzer Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola Debra Monk Ira Mont & Jill Cordle Mont in memory of Annette Mont William Morey Javier Morgado & Nick Pennink James L. Nederlander Judith A. Nelson* in memory of Wayne McCarthy Maury Newburger Phyllis Newman in honor of Adolph Green’s 100th birthday year
Shake Shack Ronald Shechtman Rob Sinacore in memory of Dr. Malcolm Berg (our love lives on) Andrew W. Stern Steve Sweet Stuart Thompson & Joe Baker Sally Unger
Phillip Bettencourt Phil & Mary Beuth Jon Bierman
Louis J. Denkovic Sheri Deterling Ankur & Julie Doshi Michael K. Douglas Toni Downey
Christopher Durang The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation
Carl & Karen Bowen
Loraine J. Boyle
Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley
Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan
Anthony & Kristin Ellenbogen
Michael Wescoe & Randy Thompson
J. Arthur Brost
Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz
Whittier & Associates in honor of David H. Whittier
Corey Brunish & Jessica Rosenfeld
Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz
Don Buchwald & Associates
James & Debbie Burrows
George R. Zuber and Anthony Snyder
Michelle L. Butler
The Ziegfeld Club
Richard Fatzinger & Ramos Contreras
Len Cariou & Heather Summerhayes
Doug P. Fiebelkorn
Frank Carucci & David Diamond remembering Michael DeBenedittis, gone 30 years
Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP
Alice Wang Arthur E. Webster*, Esq. Weinberg Family Foundation Max Weintraub Dave Wells & Scott Johnson
Front Mezzanine gifts from $1,000 to $2,499
The A.R. Hughes Family Fund in loving memory of our cousin Thomas H. Anderson Robert & Noah Aberlin* Rich Ahrens Douglas J. Albert John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Lee Anisman James L. Ansin Rob Anzalone Gerald M. Appelstein* David Glenn Armstrong & Jeffrey Miller in memory of Todd Coroliuc The Arthur Loeb Foundation
Christopher & Paris Barclay
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Claude Bernstein & Melody Wang
Gilbert Parker in memory of Richard Bauman
David Romero & David Greiss
Keith Degi, M.D.
D S Simon Productions
Warren D. Riffle & Kurt A. Fleagle
Nancy Duggan Benson
Merle Debuskey & Pearl Somner
Chuck Blasius in memory of Linda Accardi
Richard F. Walsh/Alfred W. Di Tolla /Harold P. Spivak Foundation
Nan & Joe Benincasa
Mike Doyle & Bret Kobler
Richard E. Rauh
Terry & William Biggins
Tom Viola in memory of his dad, “Doc” Viola
Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg
Alan Bell & David Ziff
Clay & Karen Barnes in honor of Gracie & Christina Barnes Scott Barnes & Brian Kellow in memory of our best gal, Marianne Challis
Stockard Channing Randolph R. Charles The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Charles & Margaret Levin Family Foundation
Elliot Fishman Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Edward & Lori Forstein David France Clay Francis Steve Frasheur William & Carol Ann Freeman
Paula & David Chase
Barbara & Buddy Freitag
Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Chernoff
David A. Friedman in memory of my mother Shirley Friedman
Yan Cheung* Alan Chung & Buffy Redsecker Evan Cohen Jill Cohen Bill Condon John Contratti Ramon Contreras & Rick Fatzinger Frank Conway* Casey Cook Kenneth E Cooke Harriet Cooperman Donald Correll
Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson
William C. Cubberley
David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Vincent Gaeta Thomas Garner * Bruce & Alice Geismar Thomas Gentile Richard Gerrig & Timothy Peterson Maxine Gerson John Gibson & Allerton Cushman III Mark Gibson & Roger Hyde Sue Gilad Michel Gilbert Roger Gindi & Gregory Victor Robert D. Gonzales
Ralph L. Pellecchio & James C. Wernz, M.D.
Matthew D. Tumminello
Thomas S. Perakos
Stefanie M. Gorman
Dana & Fred Gourtay
Erik Piecuch & Alex Wright
John Graves & Dennis Lonergan
David C. Ludwigson & LaMont Craig in honor of Rodger McFarlane
Brad Plunkett L. Glenn Poppleton
Steven F. Lutz
Mark & William Macatee
Monica & Greg Reid
Maureen A. Macfadden
John J. Mackerey
Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas*
Maidstone Productions in memory of Ted Tulchin
Jonathan Rock & Patrick Delacruz
Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner Barry & Maggie Grove Sarah & Joel Handelman Eugene Harbin, Jr. Carrie Anne K. Harrell Michael P. Harrell Jennifer Hatch & Sue Smith Steve Hatfield & Patrick Riordan* Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Joseph Heffernan Joseph R. Heller Joy Henshel Jerry Hirsch Susan & Neal Hirsch James Hoelz & William Welsh Sally Horchow Andrea & Craig Horowitz Carol A. Ingram in memory of Rodger McFarlane Ira M. Resnick Foundation in honor of Robin Sherman Michael T. Isbell in honor of Spencer Cox Jeanne & Waldo Jackson in memory of our son Robert Jackson Mark Jacobson Janis & Alan Menken Foundation Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward Cherry Jones Ilana Kameros Karma Foundation Jodi Kaye Greg & Karin Kayne Tom Kazmark Thomas Kazmierczak & Ted Blankenship Robert W. Kilgore & Edward A. Richmond F. Gary Knapp Kenneth Koen* Ron Kollen Ram Koppaka Lillian Kraemer Gary Kuchta & Will Rogers Robert J. Kunikoff Michael Kuzma Trey LaFave Brian Lawlor Ann M. Lehman in loving memory of Rick Burglund & Gary Warren
Jesse Manocherian Dominick J. Marangi Marangi Disposal
Donald R. Pickens
Tim Robinson & Paul Habig Michael & Deborah Rohrkaste Janet Rose
Eric Marcus & Barney Karpfinger
Jack & Moe Rouse Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Clif Mathews & Dustin Basco
Scott & Harriet Mauro
Lori Rubinstein in honor of Bill Sapsis
Loren Ruch & David Salas
Elizabeth I. McCann
Richard V. McCune City National Entertainment
Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation
Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad Lawrence & Nancy Meleski in honor of Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov MeritDirect, LLC Mr. & Mrs. E. Van R. Milbury Michael Mills & Mark McGrath Kathleen Moloney Sally Campbell Morse Jason J. Moyer Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins* Maddi, Charlie & Bridget Niebanck friends of John Lloyd Young Albert Nocciolino Nora Roberts Foundation Dr. Sharon Novak* Michael Novin Stuart Oken Old Gaspard, Inc. Kevin Oldis Roger Oliver John K. Orberg Lisa Orberg Marc Owens Ronald Painter Philip Paroian Gregg Passin
Dorothy & Peter Samuels Michael Schober & Don Harrison Will Schwalbe & David Cheng Debra & Michael Segal Sally J. Seiberlich Mark Sekita & Ryugo Toh
Twelfth Night Club, Inc. Beth M. Uffner Joyce Van Patten William & Helen Van Syckle Ariadne & Juan Villarreal Richard & Debra Voller Carol Waaser Honey Waldman Suzyn Waldman Tom & Connie Walsh Ric Wanetik & David Hagans Emery Warren Arthur E. Webster, Esq.* Peg & Gary Wendlandt Cortright Wetherill, Jr. Nancy A. Wheeler Fred White & Greg Kammerer Danny Whitman & Robert Bartley in memory of Francine Whitman Richard C. Wiggers Margo Wintersteen Howard & Diane Wohl Jeff Wolk Matthew Zaccagni Lucinda Zink Zufall Family Foundation* Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (2) Anonymous in memory of Alex Katz
Elliott R. Sernel Kenneth G. Shelley Mary Jo & Ted Shen in memory of Gordon Stokes Kurtti
* Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle
Dan Silver & Eric Dean Davis Carl & Fay Simons Kenneth & Kenda Singer Michael Sodomick Christine Spencer James Spiegelhoff Eric Stine Robin Strasser in honor of Ed Richmond and Robert Kilgore Meryl Streep & Don Gummer Peter M. Taub Greg Taylor Theater Extras John Henry Thomas III Times Square Scoops, LLC Stephen & Valerie Toups Jeffrey Trachtman The Trico Foundation
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Angels Circle Membership Combines Mission with Perks
embership in the BC/EFA Angels Circle certainly has its privileges. Ask a current Angel about their involvement and many will tell you about their invitations to an exclusive advanced screening of Les Misérables or a premium liquor tasting. “As an Angel I have the opportunity to support an organization whose mission I truly believe in and to be a part of a similarly concerned community,” Philip Bettencourt said. “Broadway Cares invites me to events I enjoy attending surrounded by people I enjoy knowing.”
Angel Bill Cubberley joined because he wanted to support BC/EFA’s grants. “I didn’t know that the Angels Circle would provide so many exciting, fun and enriching events that would bring me such personal enjoyment.,” he said. One of the most rewarding events for Cubberley was the advanced private screening of HBO’s The Normal Heart. “It was a memorable evening with a remarkable film and sharing cocktails with fellow Angels,” Cubberley said. “It made us all acutely aware of why we became Angels in the first place.” For Miriam Fond an evening tasting Diageo premium spirits paired with delicious small bites was a memorable Angel experience. “Sampling some of the best and most rare liquors from around the world while meeting some wonderful fellow Angels was a treat and something I won’t soon forget,” Fond said. Appreciation events often are donated or sponsored by outside supporters, such as City National Bank. “With our deep roots in the entertainment industry, supporting BC/EFA is a perfect fit,” Senior Vice President Erik Piecuch said. “In 2012, we began sponsoring various Angels Circle appreciation events. These unique programs allow us to highlight our commitment to Broadway Cares and to engage with this special level of donors in a personalized, intimate and fun setting.” If you’re interested in attending similar events by joining the Angels Circle or if you have questions about sponsoring an appreciation event, please contact Danny Whitman, director of communications and development, at whitman@ broadwaycares.org or 212.840.0770, ext. 239. n 34 [behind the] scenes
Planned Giving Leaves a Legacy of Hope and Help
s an in-home hospice volunteer in San Francisco, Mark Macatee witnessed first-hand the profound impact that even the most basic services can have on the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. “I volunteered for AIDS patients and their families and saw the immeasurable difference small things like a meal, a ride to the doctor or a trip to the grocery store can make in someone’s health,” Macatee said. “It can literally mean the difference between life and death for such a vulnerable population of people.” Macatee and his husband, Bill, who now live in Nyack, NY, recently learned about the Colleen Dewhurst Society, BC/EFA’s planned giving program. They decided that putting Broadway Cares in their wills would be an easy way for them to ensure that these kind of services continue. “While we don’t have a lot to give, we know that it does not take a lot to positively impact the lives of those in need,” Macatee said. To include Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in your financial plans, please contact Danny Whitman, director of communications and development, at whitman@ broadwaycares.org or 212.840.0770, ext. 239. n
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29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Monday, April 20, 4:30 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2 pm Minskoff Theatre