Behind the Scenes Fall 2017

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Behind the Scenes is published by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Tom Viola, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lane Beauchamp, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Larry Cook, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Valerie Lau-Kee Lai, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

OFFICERS Paul Libin, PRESIDENT Robert E. Wankel, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Mary McColl, THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Sherry Cohen, FOURTH VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cornelius Baker Joe Baker John Barnes Scott Barnes Joseph Benincasa David Binder Chris Boneau Barry Brown Kate Burton Robert Callely Kathleen Chalfant Gavin Creel Alan Cumming Gavin Darraugh Michael David B. Merle Debuskey Maria Di Dia Paul DiDonato Sam Ellis Richard Frankel Roy Harris Richard Hester

Richard Jay-Alexander Cherry Jones Nathan Lane Jay Laudato Peter Lawrence Joe Machota Nancy Mahon Kevin McCollum Terrence McNally Jerry Mitchell Bernadette Peters Chita Rivera Jordan Roth Nick Scandalios Robert Score Kate Shindle Philip J. Smith Charlotte St. Martin David Stone Tim Tompkins Tom Viola (ex-officio) Channing Wickham

BEHIND THE SCENES Tom Viola, Lane Beauchamp, EDITORS Aaron Waytkus, LAYOUT & DESIGN Contributors Mo Brady, Gary Damiano, John Halpin, Chris Kenney, Francesca Toscano Photographers Whitney Browne, Rob DeMartin, Daniel T. Gramkee, Francisco Graziano, Tia Kennedy, Andy Lang, Matthew Murphy, Daniel Roberts, Monica Simoes, Matthew Stocke, Jonathan Tichler, Francesca Toscano

Dear Friends, Everyone needs a place to recharge and relax. If we are fortunate, there is a quiet room behind a closed apartment door, a leafy corner of a familiar park, a rooftop somewhere that feels closer to the clouds above than the cement below, or even some place out of town that allows us to momentarily step away from the hyped-up tourist-driven energy of Times Square. In those rare quiet moments we are indeed fortunate to step beyond the shouting voices, political vitriol and lies that flood the airwaves and our social media feeds, day after day. We can restore ourselves, confident that, when reconnected with the hustle, our most basic needs still will be met and the well-being of those we love, live and work with ensured. Many standing right next to us are not nearly as fortunate. Some are denied access to the resources that keep families together and individuals secure in their homes and free from isolation and stigma. Others are shocked suddenly to fall between the cracks of a deliberately diminished network of health care and social services that for years made it possible for hard times to be endured or short-term challenges met. We’ve seen individuals, families and entire communities branded as “other,” their well-being diminished by a dark, exclusive few hell bent on making sure they have more by insisting many others make do with less. In the pages of this magazine, you can see that we have been rendered neither hopeless nor helpless. We have not been silent. We have taken action in the best ways we know how. Our community’s dedication and commitment to others - and each other – is reflected in the totals amassed in our fundraising this year and in the record-breaking grant-making it has made possible. From emergency grants to our annual support of social service agencies across the country, our efforts have made a difference to those too often disparaged or now denied the hand that has, at one time or another in times of difficulty or trouble, lifted many of us up. This year, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $5.5 million to The Actors Fund. Our unique partnership grew from the singular support of the HIV/AIDS Initiative 29 years ago into today’s indispensable safety net of social services for all, helping thousands in crisis, need or transition. Of course, this support is in addition to $6.7 million sent to 461 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, reaching out to hundreds of thousands in need from all variety of debilitating illnesses and crises. Late this summer, the number of Americans struggling to make ends meet swelled due to the devastating hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Thanks to you, Broadway Cares was able to award $575,000 in emergency grants to provide immediate, on-the-ground assistance to those battling the ravages of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. We are not ones to ever rest on our laurels. The great work that we have done together in the nearly three decades of this organization’s history is the foundation for what’s still to come. We pledge to channel your compassion and generosity of spirit to those who might be lost without it. We stand with you always to work together to make a difference, to be a light in times of trouble and days of darkness. Sincerely,


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Tom Viola Executive Director

2017 GRANT-MAKING “Where does all that money go?” Support for The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative


Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative

$ 850,000

The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

$ 900,000

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)

$ 400,000

Addiction and Recovery Services

$ 400,000

The Dancers’ Resource

$ 350,000

The Career Center

$ 300,000

The Stage Managers’ Project

$ 150,000

Miscellaneous Annual gala, memorial donations, benefit support, etc.



Hurricane Relief $ 150,000 One-time gift to support outreach to clients in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas

The Actors Fund Total


National Grants Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 117 organizations in 38 states


Nationally Recognized AIDS Service and Advocacy Organizations 42 agencies

$ 880,000

Local AIDS Service Organizations $2,133,500 302 organizations in 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico providing direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services Supplemental/Emergency Grants

$ 462,404

Theatre Community Service Organizations, Research Grants, Special One-Time and Shared Support

$ 858,618

Hurricane Relief $ 425,000 In response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico Physician Volunteers for the Arts Broadway flu shot initiative

National Grants Total



$ 6,749,522

International Grants South Africa in honor of The Lion King

$ 388,800

The AFC (formerly Actors’ Fund of Canada)

$ 135,000

TheatreMAD and others


International Grants Total



$ 592,800



MISSION STATEMENT Approved by the Board of Trustees on 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; •  To promote and encourage public support for national and international programs and services which benefit people with HIV/AIDS;


CONTENTS   3   5   8 11 12 15 16 17 20 22 23 24 26 27 28 30 31 35

Where Does All That Money Go? Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction The Actors Fund Sharing Resources Easter Bonnet Competition Broadway Bets Emergency Grants National Grants Broadway Bares Broadway Bares Fire Island Broadway Barks Fire Island Dance Festival Hudson Valley Dance Festival Deconstructing Patti Incredible Experiences Classical Action Angels Circle Broadway Cares Online Store

•  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.


1987–1992 Equity Fights AIDS $ 1988–May 1992 Broadway Cares BC/EFA Contributions 5/92–12/92 $ 1993 $ 1994 $ 1995 $ 1996 $ 1997 $ 1998 $ 1999 $ 2000 $ 2001 $ 2002 $ 2003 $ 2004 $ 2005 $ 2006 $ 2007 $ 2008 $ 2009 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2012 $ 2013 $ 2014 $ 2015 $ 2016 $ 2017* $

National & Int’l Grants


2,775,250 $ 1,067,000

$ 2,775,250 $ 1,067,000

634,000 1,654,000 1,758,000 1,791,000 2,010,000 2,247,500 2,471,000 2,700,000 2,955,336 2,829,500 2,732,000 3,022,500 3,360,500 3,516,500 3,517,500 3,671,500 4,302,000 3,400,000 4,160,000 4,014,500 4,625,000 4,300,000 4,603,000 5,175,500 5,602,550 5,537,000

$ 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 $ 10,843,796 $ 10,518,706 $ 10,680,237 $ 12,023,620 $ 12,579,507 $ 12,879,322

$ 771,780 $ 1,184,119 $ 676,404 $ 707,916 $ 1,400,549 $ 1,342,200 $ 1,711,819 $ 3,039,841 $ 3,033,566 $ 3,238,765 $ 2,689,679 $ 3,115,969 $ 4,437,338 $ 4,469,798 $ 4,518,364 $ 5,152,546 $ 5,737,298 $ 4,492,489 $   5,824,988 $   5,305,700 $   6,218,796 $   6,218,706 $   6,077,237 $   6,848,120 $   6,976,957 $   7,342,322


Total Support 1988–2017

$ 89,365,636 $ 103,600,263








SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 | 10 AM – 7 PM

Shubert Alley, West 44th Street & West 45th Street


Everything You Love About Broadway in One Magical Day


he heart of New York City’s theatre district pulsed with the energy of thousands of theatre lovers on September 24 as the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction eclipsed previous grand totals and raised $1,023,309. This year’s total was the first to pass the million-dollar mark, far surpassing last year’s then-record of $782,081. The 31 editions of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have collectively raised $13.6 million. “I’m absolutely thrilled by this year’s jaw-dropping total,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “To raise more than a million dollars for the most vulnerable among us

reminds us once again of how strong the heart and humanity are of everyone in theatre - onstage, backstage and in the audience. Every dollar raised means that men, women and children in our theatre community and across the country will see a tomorrow that includes healthy meals, lifesaving medication and emergency financial assistance.” Broadway fans reveled in all things theatre as they searched for rare memorabilia, met their favorite performers and bid on one-of-a-kind experiences. The day-long celebration featured 56 tables, 74 of Broadway’s brightest stars and 212 live and silent auction items.

“It’s an incredible feeling of joyous energy being with Broadway fans as they search for one-of-a-kind treasures for such an awesome cause. It's really special that Broadway Cares brings us together in such a meaningful way.” Sierra Boggess

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heatre lover Janet Ison of Atlanta saw Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen the evening before the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, and was still awestruck from her experience. “It was absolutely life changing,” she said. To commemorate her unforgettable night at the theatre, Ison searched the flea market tables in hopes of finding unique Dear Evan Hansen treasures. She was delighted to find a prop arm cast from the show, signed by Tony Award-nominee Mike Faist, who plays Connor. “I can’t believe I got the cast!” Ison said, excitedly jumping up and down while clutching her prized memorabilia. Along West 44th and West 45th Streets and filling Shubert Alley, fans like Ison added pieces to ever-growing theatrical collections from tables representing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, theatre owners and producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs. The tables raised a record $497,962. “I love everything about the Broadway Flea Market,” said Tracy Danoff, who traveled from Maryland and picked up a Fiddler on the Roof poster signed by the 2016 revival cast. “For people who love finding cool new Broadway treasures, there’s no place like it.”

TOP 10 TABLES Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812....................$50,612 Dear Evan Hansen..................................... $42,326 Hamilton...................................................... $32,751 ATPAM......................................................... $24,594 Wicked......................................................... $21,261 Hello, Dolly!................................................. $18,398 Creative Goods Merchandise.................. $18,263 TDF’s “Pik-a-Tkt”....................................... $17,559 Anastasia..................................................... $16,716 Waitress..................................................$13,475


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hen Kimiko Glenn, an original cast member of Waitress and star of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, made her autograph table and photo booth debut this year, she was taken aback by the kindness and generosity of the fans and her fellow stars. “I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of support and love emanating from the crowds,” Glenn said. “Theatre and the arts have a strong influence on shaping and inspiring young minds. It was nice to be reminded of that while being among those I admire, who were all so gracious to donate their time to make a difference in the lives of people who need a helping hand.” The star-studded table included Stephanie J. Block, Danny Burstein, Michael Cerveris, Rachel Bay Jones, Donna Murphy, Laura Osnes, Bernadette Peters and Billy Porter, among many others. Fans and celebrities alike reveled in the lineup of Broadway’s best, including Waitress’ original Dr. Pottamer, Drew Gehling.

“The energy and excitement of the day were the perfect distractions from how star struck I felt sitting at the table,” gushed Gehling. “I mean, I was near Kate Baldwin.” Taylor Louderman, star of the upcoming Broadway musical Mean Girls, added: “We get to give back to the community that supports us and donate our time for a good cause. It’s amazing on every level. There wasn’t a frown on the street - all smiles.”


verybody say yeah!,” exclaimed Kinky Boots Tony winner Billy Porter to thunderous applause and a unanimous “yeah!” response. Porter took the Grand Auction stage in the heart of Shubert Alley to offer two unique, once-in-a-lifetime Kinky Boots experiences at the live auction. This year’s live auction shattered previous records, raising $381,450. The items up for auction ranged from a walk-on role in Wicked to opening night and after-party tickets to the most enthusiastically awaited new shows on Broadway. The most popular lot of the day was a coveted spot as a judge for Broadway Cares’ Gypsy of the Year and Easter Bonnet Competition, which went for a staggering $14,000. The second-most popular auction lot was seats at a taping of the much-anticipated return of TV’s Will & Grace, including photos with the iconic cast, at $13,500. A stunning chandelier from the set of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 went for $13,200, and VIP house seats to Ben Platt’s final performance in Dear Evan Hansen sold for an impressive $11,000. Thanks to Porter’s salesmanship, the two Kinky Boot lots, which included a walk-on role in the show and a backstage meet-andgreet with Porter and co-star Stark Sands, raised $12,200. Guests were delighted by other surprise celebrity appearances, including beloved SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky, Aladdin’s Telly Leung, A Bronx Tale The Musical’s Bobby Conte Thornton and Christiani Pitts, Prince of Broadway’s Karen Ziemba and School of Rock - The Musical’s Becky Gulsvig. Effervescent Broadway and television favorite Bryan Batt joined esteemed and charismatic auctioneer Nick Nicholson to host the live auction.

“I know you’re here for bargains and Broadway, but you’re also making a difference in someone’s life. The number of people Broadway Cares supports across the country is astonishing.” Javier Muñoz to the autograph table crowd

Auction favorites Jen Cody and Michael Goddard returned to co-host the silent auction throughout the day with auctioneer Dan Perry, which raised a record-shattering $127,297. The top-selling lot was a sheet of lyrics to “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,” handwritten and signed by the legendary Carole King, for $5,750. Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines. n


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Social Services Stand Strong Amid Political Tension Every day, Renata Marinaro sees the uncertainty, unease and fearfulness firsthand. It wears heavy on the faces of the men and women seeking help and guidance from the social service programs of The Actors Fund.

Clients are anxious about losing their coverage due to the continuous attacks on the Affordable Care Act,” Marinaro, director of health services for The Actors Fund, said. “People are asking if they’ll still be able to get coverage, and, if so, will they be able to afford it?”


or 134 years, The Actors Fund has provided a safety net of services to the entertainment industry, taking into account the unique challenges involved with a life in the arts. Still, the current political climate has made many performing arts professionals nervous about the state of the much-needed programs and services. Thanks in large part to the generosity of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ supporters, The Actors Fund remains a solid foundation of support in shifting ground. Broadway Cares is the largest financial supporter of The Fund’s social service programs, providing more than $5.5 million this year. Since 1988, Broadway Cares has awarded $78 million to The Actors Fund.


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The Actors Fund’s services, fueled by the annual support from Broadway Cares, are more important than ever. “We spend more time and resources on education and undoing misinformation,” Marinaro said. “Funding for enrollment assistance has been cut by 90 percent. Less than half of people who have coverage through the Affordable Care Act know when they can renew their coverage. And when it comes to getting care, many struggle to find providers that understand the needs of our community.”

Ashley, an actor who recently moved to New York City, was grateful to have help navigating an often-confusing health care system.

In addition to in-person, phone and email consultations, the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center offers weekly seminars on Affordable Care Act plans, Medicaid and Medicare, enrollment assistance from certified application counselors and extensive online educational materials.

“As the political climate becomes more and more uncertain around health care, it’s comforting to know we have a resource of caring people looking out for our wellness needs,” Ashley said. The Actors Fund helped Ashley sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. She also became a client of the new Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, which Broadway Cares grants helped establish and, this year, provided $900,000 in support. The center is a primary care and wellness facility in the heart of the theatre district that The Actors Fund runs in partnership with Mount Sinai Doctors. “This takes the guesswork out,” Ashley said. “Health care right in Times Square? Try to keep me away.”

Coralina, an actor living in New York City, turned to The Actors Fund’s weekly health care seminars for a sense of direction. Then, she jumped at the chance to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with an AHIRC counselor. “In a way, I felt like a lost ship and I didn’t know what to do,” Coralina said. “The Actors Fund was the North Star in a way that brought me to safety, allowing me to navigate better as an artist, and as a human being.” Despite the troubling political climate, Marinaro discovered the community has reacted with an activist spirit. “On a more positive note, the attacks have galvanized our community to make their voices heard and participate in this discussion,” Marinaro said, adding that it’s a unique moment for the entertainment community and beyond to come together and speak up.

Pi, a dancer diagnosed with HIV in 1989, has been utilizing The Actors Fund’s services for more than two decades. Over the years, he has received financial aid, encouragement and support from the HIV/AIDS Initiative. As troublesome times ebb and flow, Pi has found The Actors Fund to be a cherished constant in his life. “In an industry of rejection, The Actors Fund provides a supportive environment that keeps me connected to the arts community,” Pi said. “The Actors Fund stabilizes me, provides me with a touchstone, knowing that when I need it, it is always there for me.”

“Get or stay involved,” she said. “Your voice matters. Your story matters. Share it. Contact your elected officials. And don’t forget your state officials, they’re as important and often more accessible.” Despite misinformation or missing information surrounding health care today, The Actors Fund, empowered by financial support from Broadway Cares’ donors, is committed to keeping its clients aware, informed and safe. “I walked out of there thinking, ‘Is this real?’,” Coralina said. “These people care so much. That’s what was so moving to me, that there are people there to help all of us in the arts. I’m so grateful.” n

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All performing arts and entertainment professionals in need, crisis or transition are eligible for the vital social service programs available through The Actors Fund. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the largest single financial supporter of The Actors Fund's social service programs, helping ensure health care, addiction and recovery services, emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, insurance counseling and senior care.



The experienced social workers of the HIV/AIDS Initiative help men and women in the industry create confidential, holistic support systems that address emotional, medical and financial needs over the long term.

Opened in March, the Friedman Health Center offers primary and specialty care, expedited referrals to physicians within the Mount Sinai Health System and extended hours, designed with the industry’s busy and often atypical schedules in mind.

2017 grant: $2,000,000 | Since 1988: $50,750,000

2017 grant: $900,000 | Since 2004: $9,911,000


(formerly Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic)


The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative provides a safety net for women who are coping with critical health concerns. The initiative is a place where women artists get help and advice without fear and stigma.

The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, known as AHIRC, works with unions and local performing arts organizations to connect entertainment industry workers to health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

20167 grant: $850,000 | Since 1996: $10,250,000

2017 grant: $400,000 | Since 2014: $1,700,000



Addiction and Recovery Services services help entertainment professionals and their families cope with situations of drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. The program provides intensive case management to address addiction and its causes

The Dancers’ Resource addresses the unique challenges dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance.

2017 grant: $400,000 | Since 2015: $1,250,000

2017 grant: $350,000 | Since 2007: $2,385,000



The Career Center, formerly known as the Actors Fund Work Program, assists those in the entertainment community identify and find meaningful sideline employment or a new career.

The Stage Managers’ Project is a reliable directory of doctors, specialists and other health care providers in 28 cities for Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions.

2017 grant: $300,000 | Since 1998: $4,585,000

2017 grant: $150,000 | Since 2005: $746,000


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Broadway’s Impact Expands Thanks to Passionate Companies


ctor and activist Glenn Close, who starred in the 2017 Broadway season’s celebrated revival of Sunset Boulevard, was driven to create change after her sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew with schizoaffective disorder. Close started Bring Change to Mind to encourage dialogue about mental health, and to raise awareness, understanding and empathy. The organization also offers high school and undergraduate programs in an effort to give young people a platform to share their voices around mental health.

Megahit musical Hamilton focuses on America’s founding fathers, but the show is bolstered by the strong, independent female characters in its story. In honor of the women in Hamilton and their continued generosity, Broadway Cares proudly shared $10,000 from the show’s spring fundraising triumph with Dress for Success. The nonprofit empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

“We thought the best thing to do was work against the stigma that surrounds mental illness,” Close said. “It’s a chronic illness like anything else.” Sunset Boulevard was the top overall fundraiser at this spring’s Easter Bonnet Competition, raising $509,246 during six weeks of dedicated fundraising. In honor of the tireless commitment from Close and the company of Sunset Boulevard, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS proudly shared $50,000 from the show’s fundraising efforts with Bring Change to Mind.

While feel-good musical A Bronx Tale leaves audiences smiling, one dark underlying theme of the smash hit is gun violence. To raise awareness and reduce the prevalence of gun violence, A Bronx Tale and Broadway Cares proudly donated $10,000 of the show’s spring fundraising success to New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. The organization’s education fund provides gun violence prevention programs in New York City public high schools and for youth and community groups.

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Broadway Comes Together to Shatter Fundraising Records


roadway’s best shared playful parodies, stirred emotions and delivered dance-driven delights at the 31st annual Easter Bonnet Competition, which raised a recordshattering $6,379,572 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It’s the single highest fundraising total in Broadway Cares history. The staggering number, raised by 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions, was announced April 25 by Gavin Creel, Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce, stars of the smash hit Hello, Dolly!. The total breaks the record of $5,528,568 set just last year at the Gypsy of the Year competition. The top overall fundraising award went to Sunset Boulevard, which raised a jaw-dropping $509,246. In addition to sharing the fundraising total and awards, Creel, Midler and Pierce also presented The Lion King with awards for best presentation and best bonnet design, the first time one show captured both prizes. Set to spoken-word poetry written and performed by cast member L. Steven Taylor, the cast of The Lion King celebrated unity by highlighting, through dance, African, Asian, Indian and Polynesian cultures important to the show and


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the cast. The show’s bonnet, designed by Mikey Clifton, Matthew Keating, Brenda O’Brien and Ilya Vett, emerged as an elegant tribute to Mother Earth, “grown” onstage during the number. The company of Cats was runner-up in the presentation category with “The Battle of 52nd Street: Cats vs. Hogs,” a parody of “Jet Song” from West Side Story. After ending a fictitious rumble between the cats and their 52nd Street neighbors, the groundhogs, a larger-than-life pink pussy hat, bedazzled in glittering lights, emerged as the company’s bonnet. Other incredible performances included the companies of Avenue Q; A Bronx Tale The Musical; Chicago; Dear Evan Hansen; Kinky Boots; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Sunset Boulevard and Wicked. The Play That Goes Wrong cast members Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn and Charlie Russell celebrated the Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions that raised money for Broadway Cares during the six-week collection period but did not present a bonnet.

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, from smash hit Oh, Hello on Broadway, reprised their curmudgeonly characters of George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon to host the bonnet parade, which honored three shows that created bonnets but did not perform: The Price, Sunday in the Park with George and Waitress. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition paid tribute to the tireless volunteers of Broadway Cares’ Bucket Brigade with a special number written and directed by Kenny Ingram. The piece featured a diverse cast that included early AIDS activists, Broadway performers and long-time HIV survivors. As a tribute to the hard-working national touring productions raising money across the country, 22 Broadway dancers relished the opportunity to be cast in a national tour. The energetic number was directed and choreographed by James Kinney. A special bonnet presentation by Broadway Cares’ affiliate organizations - Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina - included an acoustic performance of John Lennon’s Imagine by Sam Poon. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition opened with a high-energy production number, starring Jason Kravits, Marissa Rosen and Hannah Shankman. The trio encouraged the performing community to stand strong, together, in today’s tense political climate. The number was written and directed by Peter Gregus and choreographed by Geoffrey Goldberg. Music arrangements were by Ted Arthur and Ben Cohn, and orchestrations by Adam Kaufman. The show concluded with The Lion King’s Taylor, joined by James Brown-Orleans on guitar, singing a soulful and stirring rendition of the traditional Easter Bonnet Competition anthem, “Help is on the Way,” written by David Friedman.

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This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition was hosted by Denée Benton and Lucas Steele from Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Barrett Doss and Andy Karl from Groundhog Day; Bongi Duma and Tshidi Manye from The Lion King; Gideon Glick and Sas Goldberg from Significant Other and Rachel Bay Jones and Ben Platt from Dear Evan Hansen. Special guests Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole from War Paint introduced the esteemed panel of judges that selected the best presentation award winners. Easter Bonnet Competition’s judges were music director Kristen Blodgette from Sunset Boulevard; Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada from Miss Saigon; Kate Burton and Kristine Nielsen from Present Laughter; Ed Dixon from Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose; and costume designer Catherine Zuber from Oslo and War Paint. Also on the panel were Lee Perlman and Peg Wendlandt, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September 2016. The Easter Bonnet Competition was directed by Bess Marie Glorioso with Arabella Powell serving as production stage manager, leading a team of 10 expert stage managers. Ben Cohn was music supervisor. Lighting design was by Catherine Clark and sound by Alain Van Achte and Greg Reif. The Easter Bonnet Competition is generously sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines. n

FUNDRAISING AWARDS Top Overall Fundraiser Sunset Boulevard................................... $509,246

Broadway Musicals Top Fundraiser Sunday in the Park with George............. $382,780 First Runner-up

Dear Evan Hansen.... $381,732

Second Runner-up Hamilton................... $348,585 Third Runner-up Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812........................ $288,166

Broadway Plays Top Fundraiser

The Price.................. $122,114

National Tours Top Fundraiser Wicked – Munchkinland......................... $348,617 First Runner-up

Kinky Boots.............. $320,581

Second Runner-up

Fun Home................. $212,314

Third Runner-up Book of Mormon – Jumamosi................ $164,799

Off-Broadway Plays and Musicals Top Fundraiser


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Avenue Q.....................$49,485

57 COMPANIES RAISED $ 6,379,572


Broadway Stars Stack the Decks at Annual Poker Tournament


xhilarating fun and incredible fundraising were in the cards as Broadway fans, stars and behind-the-scenes players raised a spectacular $286,900 at the third annual edition of Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament. The record total was revealed after a lively evening of Texas Hold 'em poker May 15 at Sardi’s restaurant in the heart of New York City’s theatre district. Broadway Bets gives theatre industry insiders and loyal Broadway Cares supporters a chance to play in a friendly poker tournament while raising money for those in need. The revelry and rivalry drew players from across the industry, with Broadway’s brightest talent, theatrical advertising agency executives, theatre owners and producers, and professional poker players stacking the deck. Among the show business luminaries participating were Hank Azaria, Alex Brightman, Michael Cera, Brian Koppelman, Steve Martin, Michael Park, David Schwimmer, Lucas Steele, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Tony Yazbeck. Also on hand were cast members from the smash revival of Hello, Dolly!, including Gavin Creel; A Doll’s House, Part 2 stars Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, Laurie Metcalf and Condola Rashad; as well as professional poker champions Erik Seidel, Vanessa Selbst and Ingrid Weber. The Broadway Bets evening began with 24 Texas Hold 'em poker tables and more than 230 card players filling two floors of the iconic restaurant before 10 final players perfected their poker faces and reached the championship table. The ultimate face-off featured acclaimed actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin and Broadway fans Ken Ruck and Joan Siegel. Surrounded by a cheering crowd, the trio played through a series of hands until Martin lost an all-in battle against Ruck.

Then, Ruck bested Siegel with an ace-high hand to become this year’s Broadway Bets champion. The final table also featured, in order of finish, Jack Eldon of Disney Theatrical Productions, Jenifer Thomas of Disney Theatrical Productions, James Murray of The Shubert Organization, Michael Barra of The Araca Group, Kim Hewski of Serino/Coyne, Sierra Duncan of The Road Company and Stephen Lindsay of The Road Company. The founding co-chairs of Broadway Bets are Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters and BC/EFA Board of Trustees president, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and BC/EFA executive vice president. This year’s co-chairs were Elliot Greene of The Shubert Organization and Marla Ostroff of Ticketmaster. Tournament directors were Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters, Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical and Brett Sirota of The Road Company. The “Royal Flush” bar sponsor was Hello, Dolly!. “Full House” sponsors were AKA, Ambassador Theatre Group, The Araca Group, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Entertainment Benefits Group, Foresight Theatrical, The John Gore Organization ( Across America), Jujamcyn Theaters, MagicSpace Entertainment, The Nederlander Organization, The Road Company, Road Concierge/ALTOUR, Serino/Coyne, The Shubert Organization, Situation Interactive, SpotCo, Ticketmaster and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. “Two Pair” sponsors were Disney Theatrical Productions, Independent Presenters Network and Sweet Hospitality Group. n


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Hurricane Relief Sent to Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico


fter hurricanes battered Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico late this summer, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $575,000 in emergency grants to provide immediate, on-the-ground assistance to those hardest hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. On behalf of the entire Broadway and Off-Broadway community, Broadway Cares awarded a $200,000 grant to the Hispanic Federation for aid in Puerto Rico, $100,000 to Florida-based organizations, $125,000 to organizations across Texas and $150,000 to entertainment industry and performing arts professionals through The Actors Fund. “In the best and worst of times, all those in the Broadway community are among the most generous people around,” said Paul Libin, president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees and executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters. “So when tragedy and heartache strike, it comes as no surprise that this community once again looks to offer a helping hand up, a supportive shoulder and tangible assistance. On behalf of the entire theatre community, Broadway Cares is proud to quickly and responsibly assist those affected by these extraordinary events.” Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25, bringing torrential winds and record-breaking rainfall to Houston and the surrounding areas. Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the Caribbean before making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Florida on September 10, causing mass devastation across the Florida Keys, southern Florida and in the Tampa area. Hurricane Maria followed a similar path just days


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later, delivering its greatest wrath on Puerto Rico on September 20. The storm knocked out power for the entire island and left hundreds of thousands homeless, creating apocalyptic devastation and a humanitarian crisis. The $200,000 emergency grant to the Hispanic Federation provided first responders with transportation to San Juan, and the trucks and other relief equipment to respond to the most basic critical and logistical needs. “I am incredibly grateful to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for their swift and generous response to the desperate situation faced by my people of Puerto Rico,” said Luis Miranda Jr., founding president of the Hispanic Federation. “Through my son, Lin-Manuel, I have gotten to know this fantastic Broadway community, where everyone is brought into the family in the spirit of teamwork and support. This grant to the Hispanic Federation’s relief effort will make an incredible impact, here at the start of what will be a long journey to recovery.” n


Providing Support to People Without Access to Resources


uring these troubling times when access to health care continues to be threatened, individuals with HIV, AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses increasingly turn to social service programs for help. When those in need live in remote areas, accessing these resources becomes even more difficult. In rural Alabama, stigmatization and a lack of HIV education creates significant isolation for HIV-positive residents. “It’s one of those things people don’t want to talk about,” said Lanita Kharel, executive director of AIDS Alabama South. “They simply don’t want to discuss the disease, especially in our conservative communities. There’s a lot of denial about HIV.” AIDS Alabama South, which received a $12,500 grant this year, serves a severely underrepresented community of 12 counties. The organization works to lessen the disease’s stigma and reverse the effects of poor, or nonexistent, sex education. “We advocate very strongly for comprehensive sex education programs at public schools,” Kharel said. “It does not exist in the state of Alabama. We talk about abstinence, but people are not being abstinent. The proof is in the statistics around sexually transmitted diseases in Mobile and around the new cases of HIV, and the people who are becoming infected.” In the region, there are 2,623 confirmed individuals living with HIV and AIDS, with untold more unaware of their status. Without AIDS Alabama South, these people would not have access to essential, life-sustaining services. AIDS Alabama South is one of the 461 organizations receiving grants from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2017. Broadway Cares awarded a record $6,749,522 to AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. In addition to giving hope and opportunity to people in metro areas, Broadway Cares supports those living far from other resources. The stigma and marginalization seen by AIDS

Alabama South are not unique to the south. Limited access to medicine and necessities are challenges from Alabama to Alaska. For Kaylee and her son, Dawson, who live in rural Alaska, obtaining anything from medication to everyday items is a challenge. “It’s not just the HIV medicine,” Kaylee explained. “It’s getting transportation to cities for checkups and routine surgeries. It’s having food on the table for my son. When you live far from everything, it gets so much harder.” Recognizing the challenges of Kaylee and others living in isolated regions, Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association in Anchorage assists clients across 91 percent of a state that’s twice as large as Texas. The association offers services that include a telephone hotline, financial assistance, vital supplies for local organizations and paying for medical visits to Anchorage or Juneau. “After helping me get to Anchorage for a routine medical procedure, my son and I returned home to find a backpack full of school supplies and four boxes of healthy food," Kaylee said. Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association’s 2017 grant of $7,500 was part of this summer’s largest grant round, which awarded $2.1 million to 302 organizations. This funding covers direct services and case management, supportive housing, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services. Earlier this year, Broadway Cares awarded $1.9 million to 117 organizations in 38 states for food service and meal delivery programs because healthy meals are an essential part of a lifesaving regimen. In March, $880,000 was awarded to 42 nationally recognized AIDS service and advocacy agencies. Thanks to organizations fueled by Broadway Cares’ grants, individuals like Kaylee and hundreds of thousands of others like her, are able to receive the basic care they deserve. “I’m not sure where I’d be today without that assistance,” Kaylee said. “I am so thankful people care enough to help me.” n Behind the Scenes



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $6.7 million to 461 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states. From dropping a dollar into a bucket to bidding on a walk-on role in one of Broadway’s biggest hits, your support of Broadway Cares helps the organizations and people who need it most.







Provides 20 fresh meals at a soup kitchen

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"I have to take my medication with food, otherwise it will be ineffective. So it's very important for a lot of patients that are in this situation to have a steady stream of food and availability to it."

"Whenever I think of somebody helping me with open arms, it makes my heart just leap for joy. I've been to death's door and I've come back from it, so I was given my life because of you."

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Kim, client of San Antonio AIDS Foundation

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BROADWAY BARES Strip U Makes the Grade with Sizzling Striptease Photo: Andrew Eccles | Design: SpotCo | Makeup: The M•A•C Pro Team | Hair: Brian Strumwasser | Costumes: Sam Brooks


he welcoming, diverse campus of Strip U proudly stripped down, celebrating self love and acceptance in this year’s hit edition of Broadway Bares.

“Broadway Bares lifts me up and reminds me of the good in the world,” said Broadway Bares: Strip U leading man Jay Armstrong Johnson. “This year, thousands of artists and audience members came together to celebrate acceptance. In times like these, Broadway Bares is a beacon of light for those who find themselves in debilitating darkness.” In Broadway Bares: Strip U, this year’s rendition of the annual striptease spectacular, an audience of thousands went back to campus with Johnson as he learned he was accepted to Strip U, the only college where clothing is optional and striptease is always in the curriculum. This year’s Broadway Bares warmly welcomed freshmen and saluted seniors as a journey across the Strip U campus took us to a seductive observatory, exploding chemistry lab, flirty fine arts class, frat party-turned-Greek-god fantasy and a lesson in stiletto strutting. In one of the show’s most well-received numbers, the patriarchy was dissected apart in Strip U’s feminist studies class. Choreographed by John Alix, the number celebrated the historical fight of women - from suffragettes to American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II to the rise of Pantsuit Nation. “Broadway Bares is a place where everyone is accepted,” said Feminist Studies performer Allyson Carr. “Being different is what makes us such a strong community. You can feel the love, energy and the sense of commitment that we have for the work and each other.” Another Strip U highlight featured students on a study abroad excursion in Havana, where a club of seductive locals lured a well-toned tourist, played by Jeremey Adam Rey. “There is a freeing feeling of being onstage bare in front of thousands of people,” Rey said after the performance. “This is for the simple reason that we stand by one another in Bares, to show that no one is ever really alone.” Nick Kenkel returned to direct Broadway Bares for the fifth year and created the Strip U concept. The original opening number, which Kenkel choreographed, was written by Hunter Bell and Wade Dooley, with music by Matt Sklar and lyrics by Amanda Greene. Presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam shared a $300,000 check, delivered by Nancy Mahon, M∙A∙C senior vice president and executive director of M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Generous support for Broadway Bares: Strip U also came from Mark Fisher Fitness, CAA, Devotion Vodka, Get Services, New York Marriott Marquis and United Airlines. As this year’s grand total of $1,568,114 was announced, the walls of Hammerstein Ballroom reverberated with the cheers of audiences and dancers alike. “Every year I’m blown away by not just the energy in the room, but the absolute love coming from the audience,” Strip U performer Lesli Margherita said. “We are all there to celebrate and lift each other up and it truly feels that we are all connected and can accomplish anything ahead of us together.” n


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CLIFF NOTES 183 Dancers 747 Volunteers 5,981 Audience Members

$1,568,114 Raised

The Lion King Star Leads Stripathon Broadway’s own Lion King led the pride of fundraisers in Stripathon, the online campaign by Strip U’s cast and crew, which raised a jaw-dropping and record-breaking $686,135. Actor L. Steven Taylor, who plays Mufasa in the hit Broadway show, raised a remarkable $18,198 in Stripathon, while making his Broadway Bares debut. “My first time performing in Broadway Bares was equal parts love and magic,” Taylor said. “I’m insanely proud to be a part of a community that comes through for each other. Together, we created an experience of a lifetime for all who witnessed it, as well as for those who may be able to benefit from it because of our efforts.” In his Broadway Bares performance, Taylor led a crew of increasingly scantily clad students in an energetic step dance, choreographed by Laya Barak. Taylor was closely followed in Stripathon fundraising by Holly Butler with $15,078, Steve Bratton with $14,198, Richard JMV Schieffer with $12,051 and Barak with $10,174. Strip U marked the second time in Broadway Bares history that Stripathon was the single largest contributor to the grand total. n


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Broadway-Inspired Stripteases Heat Up Fire Island Pines


eloved Broadway shows were stripped down, sexied up and given a Broadway Bares twist at this year’s edition of Broadway Bares Fire Island. Inspired by some of the theatre’s greatest hits and set to pop music, the evening brought Broadway style to classic striptease. Twenty-six of New York City’s best dancers came together in Fire Island Pines on June 3 and raised a record-breaking $56,533. The show opened with a playful question: “What gets you in the mood?” The answer lived in quintessential Broadway shows. Host Marya Grandy, dressed as the consummate Mama Rose, led the sold-out Whyte Hall audience through decades of great theatre with a sexy spin. The evening started with the Broadway Bares Fire Island version of Jersey Boys when four dancers, donning classic red-sequined jackets, tuxedo shirts and bow ties, stepped to their microphones and danced down to their skivvies. Mormons-for-the-moment were then faithfully ringing doorbells when an iconic, red-heeled Lola on a life-size Kinky Boots poster tempted their devotion. Those summer nights got a whole lot steamier when Grease was given the Bares treatment with an R-rated romp through Rydell High. A fastidious yet flirty princess offered a spin on Once Upon a Mattress, as she coquettishly sauntered and slowly stripped across the stage with hunky princes at her beck and call. And a buttoned-up Benny from Rent demanded payment from Angel, Roger and Mark as the high-energy trio wore him - and stripped him - down to nearly nothing.


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The show served up a sultry, Latin-inspired striptease as shirtless men undressed the Broadway Bares version of Evita, culminating in her grand reveal in the show’s iconic pose on the balcony of the Casa Rosada. In a modern twist to the classic Oklahoma!, a dance-driven dream sequence found Curly, Jud and Laurie entangled in a romantic and intimate ballet. King George III and Alexander Hamilton had a slightly historically inaccurate encounter in a rough-and-ready homage to megahit musical Hamilton. The show’s finale featured Grandy’s Mama Rose singing a spirited rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” flanked by the Broadway Bares Fire Island dancers. The cast featured Cesar Abreu, Andrés Acosta, Heather Lee Bair, David Baur, Joe Beauregard, Richard Biglia, Cameron Burke, Sean Burroughs, Sam Cahn, Taylor Collins, Jon Cooper, Anthony Crouchelli, Barrett Davis, Tom Feeney, Justin Henry, Christopher Lacey, Emily Larger, Alex Ringler, Ricky Schroeder, Jessica M. Seavor, Andrew Slane, Cooper Taggard, Kathy Vandereedt, Mitchell Wayne and Sidney Erik Wright. The evening was directed by Michael Lee Scott, who also choreographed with Tammy Colucci, Abreu, Acosta, Davis and Wright. Justin Scribner was production stage manager. The show was presented in association with Fire Island Pines Art Project. The presenting sponsor of Broadway Bares Fire Island was M•A•C VIVA Glam, with generous support from corporate partner United Airlines. n



Furry Friends and Fabulous Stars Fill the Heart of Broadway


he sun shined on Shubert Alley on July 8 as Broadway stars and fans reveled in their love of all things cute and cuddly at the 19th edition of Broadway Barks, the annual pet adoption event founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters. Broadway’s brightest stars and biggest pet lovers helped dozens of furry companions find their forever homes at Broadway Barks, this year hosted by Peters and her Mozart in the Jungle co-star Malcolm McDowell. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, had a menagerie of adoptable cats and dogs from 27 shelters and area rescue organizations. From 150-pound Great Danes to handbag-sized Chihuahua mixes, every inch of Shubert Alley was filled with adorable adoptables and people eager to meet and take them home. “There is nothing more rewarding than rescuing an animal, because, as we all know, they rescue you, too,” Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth told the crowd. Neuwirth provides a home to three adopted cats and is a longtime supporter of Broadway Barks. As always, the most anticipated part of the afternoon was the parade of dogs and cats led by Broadway and Off-Broadway stars. The performers, with precious pups and cute kittens in tow, introduced the animals and urged attendees to fill out an adoption application.

“Broadway Barks is very important to me,” two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole said. “In 2003, I found my dog Chino at this event. I had Chino for 10 incredible years.” Ebersole, along with 60 fellow actors, told each animal’s story while sharing adoption tales of their own. In honor of Mary Tyler Moore, the event’s inimitable co-founder who passed away earlier this year, Tony winner Michael Cerveris led a tribute at the start of the event to the legendary actress. Cerveris, backed by Peters and a spirited children’s chorus, sang a moving rendition of “Love is All Around,” the iconic theme song of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The first Mary Tyler Moore Award was awarded to Sophie Gamand, the award-winning French photographer and animal advocate. Gamand travels the country to photograph shelter animals, helping the pets find permanent homes. The award will be presented annually to an individual or group who has changed the lives of homeless animals in a way that encourages others to do the same. Broadway Barks was sponsored The New York Times. The event’s producers were Richard Hester, Patty Saccente and Scott T. Stevens. n


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Ten Unique Companies Help Break Fundraising Record


bright summer sun shimmered across the Great South Bay as renowned dance companies, acclaimed choreographers and three standing-room-only audiences came together at Fire Island Dance Festival on July 14-16. The 23rd edition of the fundraising and cultural event of the Fire Island summer raised a record $585,045. The festival featured five premieres, choreographed by Al Blackstone, who choreographed the acclaimed Off-Broadway hit The View Upstairs; Ronald K. Brown, founder and artistic director of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company; Lorin Latarro, who choreographed Broadway’s Waitress and 2016 revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Pontus Lidberg, a celebrated Swedish choreographer, filmmaker and dancer who founded Pontus Lidberg Dance; and Manuel Vignoulle, a French ballet and contemporary choreographer who has performed and choreographed pieces around the world. This year’s festival was hosted by beloved Broadway leading lady Cady Huffman, best known for her Tony Award-winning turn as Ulla in the musical The Producers and for bringing her signature sass to the judging table on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. With two performances on July 15, and one on July 16, the festival presented 10 unique companies that spanned a diverse range of styles from ballet to Broadway. Havana, Cuba’s Acosta Danza, led by dance legend Carlos Acosta, presented For Us. Dancers Mario Sergio Elías and Raul Reinoso expressed a tragic love story through graceful, delicate


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movement as they intimately entwined their bodies, only to ultimately break apart. This landmark performance marked Acosta Danza’s US premiere. Blackstone choreographed a sexy and darkly comedic piece set to Prince’s “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore,” featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside. Latarro premiered the multigenerational For Those Before, in which gay men and women reflected longingly on relationships of their youth. Makers Dance Company premiered Tatakai, a piece inspired by the great samurai battle of Sekigahara. Choreographed by Vignoulle, the piece included the company’s artistic director

Alexandre Hammoudi, an American Ballet Theatre soloist, and an ensemble of six members of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet.

DIRECTV, was part of the opening event for the festival’s Leadership Supporters.

Caleb Teicher & Company presented an excerpt of Meet Ella, an ode to the queen of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. EVIDENCE, A Dance Company premiered a solo excerpt from New Conversations: Ochosi Is Here, performed by Keon Thoulouis.

Fire Island Dance Festival was generously sponsored by The New York Times, United Airlines, DIRECTV, Sayville Ferry and Tony’s Barge Inc. n

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company shared an excerpt of Dia-Mono-Logues, which was inspired by artistic director and choreographer Igal Perry’s experiences emigrating from Israel to New York City in the turbulent 1970s. Pontus Lidberg Dance presented the stirring contemporary piece A Different Passion, in which Barton Cowperthwaite and Lidberg propped each other up in moments of vulnerability. Miami City Ballet presented two pieces. Saturday’s performances included celebrated ballet performers Jeanette Delgado and Kleber Rebello in Chutes and Ladders by Justin Peck, while Sunday’s audience experienced Delgado solo in George Balanchine’s “My One And Only” variation from Who Cares?, set to music by George Gershwin. Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, modern dancers who began collaborating after years with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, performed Desire Liar, which premiered at Vail International Dance Festival in 2015. Monica Bill Barnes & Company kicked off the festival on July 14, with two quirky and uniquely comedic performances. Surprising gestures in I Feel Like juxtaposed with the vulnerability of Anna’s Interview took the audience on an unexpected journey of emotions. This exclusive performance, sponsored by


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Performance Brings Unforgettable Dance to Hudson Valley


hanging leaves, crisp autumn air and breathtaking views of the Hudson River set the scene for Hudson Valley Dance Festival on October 7 in Catskill, NY. Two performances of acclaimed and emerging dance companies at Historic Catskill Point raised a record $146,297. Featuring styles from ballet to Broadway, the shows included performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cirio Collective, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions, MOMIX, New York Theatre Ballet, Tayeh Dance and choreography by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford. The show opened with an excerpt from Joshua Beamish/ MOVETHECOMPANY’s Saudade, a piece of heartbreaking yearning for an elusive past. The number seamlessly melded balletic poise with street-style dynamics. Company founder Joshua Beamish later danced Concerto, a solo he also choreographed, which fused classical ballet, contemporary isolations and pop-music physicality. New York Theatre Ballet shared one of dance legend Merce Cunningham’s rarely performed masterpieces, Cross Currents. Performers Joshua Andino-Nieto, Alexis Branagan and Amanda Treiber contrasted ballet with sharp, angular movements. Ashford, a Broadway favorite who’s choreographing Disney’s upcoming Frozen musical, shared an excerpt from the dream ballet of Carousel, romantically danced by Marty Lawson and Abigail Simon. Tayeh Dance, founded by two-time Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh, shared BEGIN. The emotionally charged number explored a complex and jagged relationship between a mother and daughter, performed by Jennifer Freeman and Chelsea Thedinga. Cirio Collective shared In the Mind: The Other Room. Dancers Isaac Akiba, Lia Cirio and


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Paul Craig showed impressive athleticism as they used each other’s bodies to propel and restrain each other through lifts and rhythmic motion. Adding a dash of comedy to the lineup, dancers Gregory De Armond, Jonathan Eden and Jason Williams of MOMIX each balanced one leg on a stilt in Daddy Long Leg, an ode to the Argentine gaucho and American cowboy. Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions captivated audiences with Black & White. Dancers Rena Butler and Vignoulle explored the stark differences and harmonious similarities between two individuals of different sexes, backgrounds and cultures. Internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater closed the show with Robert Battle’s electric Strange Humors as Michael Francis McBride and Samuel Lee Roberts’s aggressive movements ultimately met in an explosive confrontation. Before the festival arrived in the Hudson Valley five years ago, Broadway Cares supported four organizations in the region. As bonds within the community have been strengthened and grown, Broadway Cares now provides grants to 11 area organizations: Albany Damien Center and Alliance for Positive Health in Albany, Animalkind and Columbia-Greene Community Foundation in Hudson, Matthew 25 Food Pantry and Community Hospice in Catskill, Hudson Valley Community Services in Hawthorne, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, Roe Jan Food Pantry in Hillsdale, TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) in Congers and Troy Area United Ministries in Troy. Hudson Valley Dance Festival was sponsored by The New York Times, United Airlines and City National Bank. n



LuPone and Rudetsky Share Songs, Dish Insider Stories


n an evening equally heartfelt and nostalgic, uncensored and hilarious, legend Patti LuPone evoked cheers and tears from an enraptured audience on September 24 as she shared some of her greatest hits and dished inside-theatre tales at Deconstructing Patti, An Evening of Broadway Songs and Stories with Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky. The masterful, once-in-a-lifetime performance by LuPone, which evoked six standing ovations, featured Rudetsky skillfully eliciting the insider stories that LuPone would tell only at his prompting. She regaled the audience with her thoughts on everything from missed cues and onstage mishaps to what might be her last musical, then sashayed alongside the piano to sing some of her and the audience’s favorites. It was the first time the unscripted, unpredictable Deconstructing Patti was performed in New York City. The two-hour concert was hosted by Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre, home to the critically acclaimed War Paint, which starred LuPone and Christine Ebersole. The one-night-only concert raised a remarkable $280,911.

Rudetsky led LuPone and the audience through an improvised “This is Your Life” of LuPone’s hits and high-belting songs. They touched on a wide range of shows, including Anything Goes, Company, Evita, Gypsy, Les Misérables, The Robber Bridegroom, Oliver!, Sunset Boulevard and War Paint. LuPone even offered her take of “Trouble” from The Music Man as the audience provided well-harmonized backup.

Frances Ruffelle, a Tony winner as the original Éponine in Les Misérables, reunited with LuPone, who created the role of Fantine in London. They sang their final classic harmony from “Epilogue” before Ruffelle sang “On My Own,” which left LuPone in tears. Two-time Tony nominee Howard McGillin starred with LuPone in the 1988 revival of Anything Goes. The pair sang “You’re the Top” to tremendous applause. Four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza and LuPone worked their way through Evita’s “High Flying Adored” and “Rainbow High.” Ebersole joined LuPone to belt War Paint’s Act 1 finale, “Face to Face.” They were joined by War Paint composer Scott Frankel on piano. Esparza returned for an Evita encore with LuPone and British actor Nic Gibney. The trio ripped through a show-stopping version of “Eva and Magaldi” before LuPone concluded with “Buenos Aires.” Originally produced by Mark Cortale in Provincetown, MA, and London, the evening was produced by and benefited Broadway Cares, in association with Cortale. Deconstructing Patti was sponsored by The New York Times, Nickelodeon and United Airlines. n

Throughout the evening, special guests joined LuPone and Rudetsky onstage to share in the storytelling and to sing with the two-time Tony Award winner.




Rock Legend Strikes Million-Dollar Chord on Opening Night


or four decades, Bruce Springsteen’s heart and humanity have been on display through his music. And with his debut this fall on Broadway, his generosity shined just as brightly.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS raised $1,030,000 from VIP auctions and sales of opening night tickets to Springsteen’s critically acclaimed Springsteen on Broadway. Broadway Cares was given exclusive access to 200 front row, orchestra and mezzanine tickets to the invitation-only opening night performance and after party October 12. The tickets were made possible by Springsteen; Jujamcyn Theaters, led by Jordan Roth and Paul Libin; and Jon Landau Management, with the enthusiastic support of Sony Music. “The extraordinary evening of storytelling and performance was

surpassed only by the generosity of Bruce, Jujamcyn Theaters and our donors,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “As our community - onstage, backstage and in the audience - continues every day to respond to adversity with tangible assistance for those who need it most, the evening reminded us of the impact we as individuals and collectively can have on others. As The New York Times noted about the evening, ‘As portraits of artists go, there may never have been anything as real - and beautiful - on Broadway.’” Springsteen’s recording career spans more than 40 years. He’s garnered 20 Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Kennedy Center Honor. He will perform five shows a week at the Walter Kerr Theatre through February 3. Tickets for the entirety of the run are sold out. n

VIP House Seats for Donors


or theatre lovers who want to see the biggest hits on Broadway while helping people in need, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Care-Tix program takes center stage. Thanks to the support of shows’ producers, Care-Tix provides donors access to VIP house seats for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, Equity national tours, select music and dance events and many regional theatrical productions. For most shows, Care-Tix seats cost twice the face value of the ticket with half of that being a tax-deductible contribution to Broadway Cares. “I’m like a personal ticket concierge for our donors,” Care-Tix Associate Ashley Melón said. “I help match them with the right show and right theatre experience.” For more information, email Melón at or call 212.840.0770, ext. 268. n


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Auction Wins Give Broadway Fans Unforgettable Memories


ordan Ferdman was sitting on the bus when she received an email from her grandmother. Her belated birthday gift had arrived — she would be exploring New York City with the cast of Amélie, and meet the show’s star, Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo.

For Jordan Kennedy of Birmingham, AL, winning VIP tickets and meet-and-greets with Broadway favorites Darren Criss and Jeremy Jordan at New York City’s Elsie Fest was the surprise of a lifetime.

“It was definitely worth squealing on NYC public transportation,” Ferdman said.

“I am a huge fan of Broadway musicals,” Kennedy said. “My mother thought I would enjoy experiencing the stars and songs of Broadway in a different setting, and she was so right. And who wouldn’t be excited about meeting Darren Criss and Jeremy Jordan?”

Ferdman’s grandmother won the birthday surprise - a scavenger hunt through the city with Amélie cast members - through an online auction benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway Cares offers unique experiences like this year-round online and at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.

Elsie Fest, created by Criss, is the first music festival honoring show tunes and stars of stage and screen. This year’s festival included performances by Criss, Jordan, Ingrid Michaelson and Lea Michele. Kennedy was particularly delighted by the performance from cast members of Miss Saigon.

Ranging from a complete makeup and costume transformation with the cast of Cats to walk-on roles in Chicago and Wicked, and from opening night tickets to Springsteen on Broadway to tickets for Ben Platt’s final performance in Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway Cares offers priceless memories for every Broadway fan.

“The entire concert was fabulous, but I am a huge fan of Eva Noblezada and Miss Saigon, and was so excited to see her take the stage and hear her sing,” Kennedy said.

For Ferdman, her adventure centered on Amélie’s theme of photo booths. She and ensemble member Destinee Rea went on a hunt across New York City, encountering cast members along the way. “My day with the Amélie cast was so special,” Ferdman said. “They are such a lovely group of people, and I’m so grateful I was able to meet so many amazing people through the show.” The experience culminated at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where she met Soo in the star’s dressing room. As a devoted fan of Soo’s work, Ferdman enjoyed the meet-and-greet most of all. “Through watching her interviews and listening to Amélie and Hamilton cast albums, Phillipa has helped me through a lot of personal struggles,” Ferdman said. “I got to tell her that in person which was so beyond special. She told me I was a beautiful and smart young woman, which is something I still think about when I feel down.”

The backstage meeting with Criss and Jordan made the day truly incomparable. “Having the opportunity to meet Darren Criss and Jeremy Jordan was just so awesome and something I will never forget,” Kennedy said. “Everyone was so nice. We definitely want to attend again next year.” Ferdman and Kennedy agree that their experiences feel even more valuable because they supported Broadway Cares. “When the Broadway community, a community with so many supporters and with so much attention, can support such a great cause, it’s really special,” Ferdman said. Kennedy said: “To know that I helped people battling critical illnesses while doing something I love is so incredible. It’s great to know that you have someone in your corner supporting you.” n

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Soprano Leah Crocetto Saves the Day at House Concert


hen acclaimed soprano Ailyn Pérez fell ill the day before she was scheduled to perform at Classical Action’s Michael Palm Series, the outlook for the season’s final installment of the much-anticipated house concert was in doubt. Fortunately, Pérez had the perfect solution: celebrated soprano Leah Crocetto. A colleague and friend of Pérez, Crocetto is a wunderkind opera talent and legend in the making. She performed the titular role in Aida with the San Francisco Opera and recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liù in Turandot. Fortunately, Crocetto was in town and available to step in for the April 4 concert. Though she had never performed with Pérez’s scheduled pianist, Gary Matthewman, Crocetto was up for the challenge. The pair swiftly came up with and rehearsed an unforgettable alternate program just hours before the concert.

The audience was touched when she dedicated a gorgeous performance of “All the Things You Are” from Very Warm for May to her late father. She shared that it was his favorite song. Crocetto closed the show with a captivating performance of “Somewhere” from West Side Story, dedicating the song to the gathered guests. The audience sprung to their feet in thunderous applause after sharing this intimate, special evening. Hosts Simon Yates and Kevin Roon again offered their spacious Tribeca loft for the concert. The sole underwriter for the series is the Michael Palm Foundation, with additional sponsorship from United Airlines. n

Throughout the evening, Crocetto seamlessly alternated between opera and Broadway favorites. She stayed true to her classical roots with a stunning performance of Donde Lieta from La Boheme, and showed her impressive range and abilities with Richard Strauss’ “Morgen” and “Cäcelie.” Crocetto served a hilarious and showstopping performance of “The Girl in 14G,” a contemporary song by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, written for Kristin Chenoweth. The audience couldn’t stop smiling and giggling as Crocetto lamented about noisy neighbors through song.


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Providing a Sustainable Foundation The following are members of the Angels Circle as of October 24, 2017. 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 the 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 John Halpin, major gifts officer, at or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.

Executive Producer gifts of $100,000 and above The Fred Ebb Foundation Harriett D. Kittner Foundation


gifts from $50,000 to $99,999 Dwight H. Curry, “Dream Alliance” Mary D. Fisher The Shubert Organization Brian S. Snyder Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch


gifts from $25,000 to $49,999

Laura M. Boedeker Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele Friends of William Megevick in memory of Larz Anderson Myrna & Freddie Gershon remember Richard Salfas, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Allen, Tom Eyen, Arthur Laurents, Marty Richards and Lou Reed H. van Ameringen Foundation Jane Morison The Palette Fund Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White Amy Sherman-Palladino Happy Shipley in honor of Tom Viola Hollis Stern The Ted Snowdon Foundation

House Seat

gifts from $10,000 to $24,999 Sam Altman in memory of Murray Schapiro and Shirley Herz and Jerry Tischman City National Bank Todd Davis William W. Donnell

George & Irina Schaeffer Foundation James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen The Joe & Hellen Darion Foundation, Inc. Deirde & Mark LeMire William J. Levy Florence Rowe Libin & Paul Libin Richard Lin & Evan Zazula Mary Lea Johnson Richards 1997 Charitable Trust in memory of Mary Lea Johnson Richards & Martin Richards William Megevick in memory of Larz Anderson Calvin Mitchell Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Newman’s Own Foundation NJ Center for Pain & Rehabilitation LLC, Jose Rojas Jr. Reel Time Video Production: Jonathan Frank & Alex Pearlman The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, San Francisco Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy Schmackary’s Eileen T. Stapleton Sweet Hospitality Group Theatrical Stage Employees Local One/IATSE Bob Tuschman John Voege & Geoffrey Paul The Waldman Foundation Barbara Whitman Diane M. & Kevin Wilshere Anonymous

Orchestra Seat

gifts from $5,000 to $9,999

Actors’ Equity Foundation James D. Akins Jr. Rich Aronstein in memory of Florence Henderson ATPAM - Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers

Joe Baker in loving memory of Stuart Thompson The Barrington Foundation Inc. The Carl Jacobs Foundation Samantha & Drew Cohen in memory of Richard Salfas The Column Awards Scott Dainton Deborah Dakin The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Frank Duff & John Okuloski William D. Eichman & Michael C. Yount Ken Fakler The Fosdick Fund Kenneth R. Fulton Vincent Gaeta Dan Goggin I. Steven Goldstein & William Popeleski Jr. Jill & Marty Handelsman Indianapolis Motor Speedway in memory of Florence Henderson George E. Jordan in memory of Michel G. Delhaise Karma Foundation Matt Kupchin Larry L. Luing Family Foundation LG Electronics USA, Inc. in memory of Florence Henderson Tom Lombardi Fran Macferran Stephanie & Carter McClelland Mary McColl David R. McShane & The Samantha Fund Michael Halebian & Co. Inc. Marianne McGrath Mills Miriam Schaeffer Family Foundation Jerry Mitchell Ira Mont & Jill Cordle Mont in memory of Annette Mont Elizabeth Murray James L. Nederlander Phyllis Newman in honor of Adolph Green Tony Origlio Anthony Pisano in memory of Jim Casey

Playbill Inc.® Dr. Amit Rakhit & Mr. Brad Senatore Michael C. Ray Michael Raymond & Andrew Moyer Ann Reinking Merle Reskin Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Rose Brand Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE David Wackman & Jason Rardin Nina & Gary Wexler Russ Woolley Wyncote Foundation Anonymous

Box Seat

gifts from $2,500 to $4,999

Actors Federal Credit Union John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Richard Ambrose James J. Andrews* James L. Ansin Gerald M. Appelstein* David Glenn Armstrong & Jeffrey Miller in memory of Todd Coroliuc Liz Armstrong Bob Avian & Peter Pileski Paris Baldacci & Andrew S. Dolkart Anne Banfield Jordan Barbakoff & Philip Jeffery in loving memory of Rob Sinacore John Barnes & Charles Champagne Brian Bates in memory of Larz Anderson Douglas Bella & David Hunt Ben & Jerry's Times Square David Benaym* Nan & Joe Benincasa Nancy Duggan Benson Elaine D. Berger James & Melanie Berichon George L. Bielitz & John Derco Robert Billig & Richard Vida

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Blaine Walter Bobbie & David Frye John Bowab Scott Brady & Nancy Karpf Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan Briggs, Inc. Cabaret For Life Inc. Cristina Carlson Carleton Carpenter David Cartee CESD Talent Agency Stockard Channing Charles and Margaret Levin Family Foundation Cathy Chernoff Donna & Edward Chernoff Gloria & Charles I. Clough, Jr. Paul & Kelly Cole Casey Cook & Gary Steinkohl Kenneth E. Cooke Corey & Jessica Larry Cosand Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson Tim Curtis & Shandon Youngclaus Michael David & Lauren Mitchell Paula Kaminsky Davis Merle Debuskey & Pearl Somner Jamie deRoy in memory of Bradshaw Smith Drew Desky & Dane Levens Maria Di Dia in loving memory of Doug Salmon Christopher Durang & John Augustine Joe Evall & Richard Lynn Bill Evans & Chuck Fischer in memory of Mike Nichols Robert Evers Peter Farrell* Feinstein’s/54 Below Kenneth and Caryl Field Donald M. Filicetti Kevin Foley-Littell & Stephen Littell Fraydun Foundation, Inc. Sean Free Marianne Ganzer in memory of John Ganzer Richard Gerrig & Timothy Peterson John Paul Geurts & Robert W. Stolt Roger Gindi & Gregory Victor Dale Glasser in memory of Steven Glasser Robert D. Gonzales Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner James F. Haag Jennifer Hatch & Sue Smith Jerry Herman Richard Hester & Michael Mastro Robert Hickman Susan & Neal Hirsch Geoffrey Hoefer & Thomas Wei William S. Hoover, M.D. Andrea & Craig Horowitz Jerome S. Glazer Foundation John L. McHugh Foundation Howard & Janet Kagan Kelly Karavites in memory of my spouse Francis P. King Amy Kaufmann & Ruth Ro Karen & Howard Kellman Sarah & Joshua Kellman Karen E. Kennedy in memory of Muriel & Bob Kennedy Mark Koblenz

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Darius Kohan Dawn Landino William Lauch Stephanie Lee/Group Sales Box Office Michael Leppen Judith Light & Robert Desiderio William Ludel & Tracy Cohen Kevin R. Lyle & Renee Chatelain John J. Mackerey Joseph R Mantello Marangi Disposal Tom Marshall & Kathy Keneally James Martin Leslie & Jordan Mayer Matt McClanahan & Ed McCarthy Richard McCune & Brian Carroll City National Bank** Peter McKown & Kenneth Heng Svend Mejdal Brian Miller & Carol Burnett in memory of Florence Henderson Keith Miller Jonathan Mintzer Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola Debra Monk Ruth Neale Judith A. Nelson** in memory of Wayne McCarthy Joseph Obermayer Rob O’Neill & Shawn Anderson David Oviedo in memory of Warren Anthony Perkins Joe Pacetti & Tristan Nieves Michael Paleos The PATH Fund/Rockers on Broadway Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Bonnie & Alan Petsche Piacentile Family Foundation Brad Plunkett Richard E. Rauh Jonathan Rebell & Noah Levine Stephen Kroll Reidy* Richard F. Walsh/Alfred W. Di Tolla/ Harold P. Spivak Foundation Warren D. Riffle & Kurt A. Fleagle Michael Risinger David Romero & David Greiss Meryl Rosofsky & Stuart H. Coleman* The Ross Foundation Phil & Dawn Rudolph Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield & John Heppenstall Elliott R. Sernel Shake Shack Joseph Short James L. Simon Steve Sweet Tina & Jeffrey Bolton Family Fund TodayTix: Brian Fenty Matthew D. Tumminello & Dominick J. Marangi Tom Viola Weinberg Family Foundation Peg & Gary Wendlandt Cory Scott Whittier in memory of David Rupert Hewes Jeff Woodman in memory of Melvin Bernhardt Anonymous in memory of Marian Seldes Anonymous (3)

Front Mezzanine

gifts from $1,000 to $2,499

The A.R. Hughes Family Fund in loving memory of our cousin Thomas H. Anderson Catherine Adler Jonathan Adler Ken Adler in memory of Ellen Adler Sara M. Allan Gerry & Hank Alpert* Lee Anisman The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation Tyson Armstrong The Arthur Loeb Foundation Jay Axelrod Gary Bagley in memory of Peter Neufeld and Richard Stack Christopher & Paris Barclay Clay & Karen Barnes in honor of Gracie & Christina Barnes Scott Barnes & Brian Kellow in honor of Alix Korey’s glorious return to Broadway Vidura Barrios Ivan M. Bart in memory of Adam Balzano D. Alysia Batchelder Beech Street Foundation Alan Bell & David Ziff Russell Berg in memory of Roni Daniel Cheryl Bergenfeld* Mark Bernhardt* Claude Bernstein & Melody Wang James C. P. Berry Phillip Bettencourt Phil & Mary Beuth Jon Bierman Terry & William Biggins Kellen Blair Casey Blass & Lee Manford David Bohnett in memory of Herb Hamscher Miranda Book & Linda Dingler Ann Marie & Robert Borsdorf Joan C. Bowman* Loraine Alterman Boyle Russell Brent & Nicholas Hodges Susan Brewster J. Arthur Brost Barry Brown & Douglas Cohn, D.V.M. The Bruce and Barbara Lee Woollen Foundation Michael Buchanan Don Buchwald & Associates James & Debbie Burrows Katherine Burton in honor of Dale Ellen Leff Jennifer Bush Michelle L. Butler Michael-Demby Cain* Robert Callely Len Cariou & Heather Summerhayes Debra & Kim Carmichael Frank Carucci & David Diamond celebrating our marriage after 35 years of unwedded bliss Raul Castro-Cerrato* Ronni & Ronald Casty Charles & Kristen Cavanagh Jamie Cesa & Joseph Schmaderer* The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation David & Paula Leggett Chase

Jonah Chasin Geoff Christiansen Evan Cohen Robert B. Cohen & Timothy Robinson John Contratti Frank Conway* Veronica Coyle Clayton Crawley & Roy Kim William C. Cubberley* Mark Dalton Duke Dang & Charles Rosen* in loving memory of David Panzer Sharon Daniel in honor of Ben Daniel Louis J. Denkovic Ashley DeSimone Charles Deull Alvin Deutsch Kelly Devine Senator Mike & Fran DeWine Toni Downey John, Barb & Ginna Doyle Dr. Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation in honor of Samuel J. Friedman Thor Eckert The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation Valerie Eigner Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley Steven Elkin Anthony, Kristina & David Ellenbogen Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz Bonnie Pfeifer Evans* Shane Ewen Laura G. Fahsbender Arthur M. Fairley James & Anna Fantaci Tobi & Eugene Faut Jack Feldman & Matthew Liss Richard Ferranti in honor of Mindy Rich Doug P. Fiebelkorn Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP Elliot Fishman & Dale Abrams Flody Edward & Lori Forstein Sam Fortenbaugh Hervé Foulard & Jonathan Gold* Clay Francis Steve Frasheur Barbara H. Freitag James B. Freydberg David A. Friedman in memory of my mother Shirley Friedman David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Nancy Gallt Marsi & Eric Gardiner Thomas Garner* Bruce & Alice Geismar Barry Gelda in memory of Irene Lucille Bunis The Gelfand Family Foundation Thomas Gentile George Zuber & Anthony Snyder Charitable Fund at Our Fund Inc. John R. Gibson Suzanne Lindenblatt Gilad Joanna Gleason & Chris Sarandon Gleiberman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Jan and Steven Golann Sherri Goldberg* Dr. Guido Goldman* Sam Gonzalez Stefanie M. Gorman

Barbara Gottlieb Dane Grams Nancy Kellogg Gray in honor of Danny Whitman Mike Greenly Howard Grossman, MD Barry & Maggie Grove Marc J. Gurell Edward E. Hale Jr. Alan Hall & Ruth E. Rinklin Bradley Hames Thomas Hamlin Sarah & Joel Handelman David G. Hanna* Jane Hanson Eugene Harbin, Jr. Alexandra Harper Carrie Ann K. Harrell Michael P. Harrell Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Joseph R. Heller, Ph.D. Joy Henshel Highlight NY LLC* The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation Karen Hoefer Phil Hoefer Jim Hoelz & William Welsh Brian Holland Sally Horchow Craig J. Horsley Arthur Hung Bill Hutton in memory of Dr. Joel D. Weisman Peter L. Ianniello, PhD Marjorie & Harry Immerman Ira M. Resnick Foundation Zhila Ismaili Jeanne & Waldo Jackson in memory of our son Robert Jackson Roberta & Robert Jacquet Keith & Patti James The Janis & Alan Menken Foundation Cate & Gregg Jarrett in memory of Larz Anderson Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola Jerl Machine Inc. Joe Allen Restaurant Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward Barbara Josso & Liz Miloscia Peter Kaczorowski Ilana Kameros Laurence Kaplan* Jodi, Jim, Matthew & Allison Kaye Karin & Greg Kayne Thomas Kazmierczak & Ted Blankenship Gail Kee & Javade Chaudhri James Kelliher Kelpie Arts Samantha S. Kennedy Jeffrey Kent F. Gary Knapp Konigsberg Family Fund Dr. Ram Koppaka Alix Korey & Randy Hansen Raquel & Tomislav Kostadinov Lillian Kraemer Hilda Kraker* Nancy Kronheim John Kuehn & Elaine Crowley Robert J. Kunikoff Michael Kuzma LaFountaine Family Foundation* Amy Lai & Carrie Borows

Nathan Lane in memory of Stanley DeSantis Angela Lansbury Law Offices of Kimberly A. Smith Brian Lawlor Winston Bernard Layne* Christopher Leary* Jay H. Lefkowitch Ann M. Lehman in loving memory of Rick Burglund & Gary Warren Hal & Jill Leibowitz Phyllis Levinthal in memory of Ruth & Sheldon Levinthal Rosalind Lippel* Diane Lippert Stuart Lippner Kris Lockley Michael Lombard Dennis Lonergan & John Graves The Lovito Family Arwen Lowbridge & Michael Lane Steve Lukens Steven F. Lutz Mark & William Macatee Scott Mallalieu & Nat Fuchs Barbara Manocherian Jesse Manocherian The Margolies Team at Compass Real Estate Thomas Marino MASIE Productions Clif Mathews Scott & Harriet Mauro Jo Mayer Elizabeth I. McCann Kati Meister Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad in honor of Judy Dove & Frank Conway Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov Allen T. Mercer Mr. & Mrs. E. Van R. Milbury Marilyn Miller in memory of Trygve F. Wasbotten Russell K. Miller Michael Mills & Mark McGrath Mirador Real Estate Lin-Manuel Miranda Sherry Ann Mohan Kathleen Moloney Oscar E. Moore William Moore William Morey Javier Morgado in memory of Eddie Sweetnam Sally Campbell Morse Elizabeth Morton Jason & Debbie Moss Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins* Maury Newburger Winston Nguyen*** Daniel Nickolich* Albert Nocciolino Nora Roberts Foundation Steven Noss Dr. Sharon Novak* David O’Brien Christopher Oram John K. Orberg Lisa Orberg Janice Oresman Ron Painter Dominic Paolillo & Itai Shamir Philip Paroian Gregg Passin

Robert Payea III Charles A. Pellicane Michelle M. Peters Donald R. Pickens Erik Piecuch & Alex Wright* Theresa & Pete Piliero Randall Pinder & Paul Pearson Gloria Piraino Rose Polidoro Michael & Jo-Ann Price Sarah Prinsloo & Dean Rosow Frances Pu Anthony Ramos Steven Rank Andrea and Dennis Ratner Betty P Rauch Melissa Rauch David Reich and Keith Marran Monica & Greg Reid Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas* Ed Roberts & Elaine Krauss Jonathan Rock & Patrick DelaCruz Larry Rogowsky Lucy Rose Amy Rosenthal Moe & Jack Rouse Loren Ruch & David Salas Albert Russo* Craig Sabbatino*** Susie Sainsbury Riccardo Salmona & Bill Doyle* Amelia Salzman & Randal Milch Wendy B. Samuel Dorothy & Peter Samuels Aaron Sanko: The Cruxory Group Eddie Sarfaty & Court Stroud Megan M. Savage Carolyn Schiff & Noah Millman S. Fred Schiffman Jack Schlegel* Michael Schober & Don Harrison Susan & Clark Schubach Peter & Susan Schubert Adam Schwab Will Schwalbe & David Cheng Jennifer Scott John Eric Sebesta & William Tomai Debra & Michael Segal Jeffrey Seller Kenneth G. Shelley Barbara & Bob Shelley in memory of Larz Anderson Jayne Baron Sherman Andrew Shore in memory of Larz Anderson Richard Siegmeister Lisa Simmons Ed Simonelli & Hernando Cortez Jr* Charles B. Slutzky Iris Smith Michael J. Smith Society of American Fight Directors James Spiegelhoff Sara Star in honor of Tom Viola Timothy Stevens & David Czekaj* Meryl Streep & Don Gummer Stuart S. Applebaum Giving Foundation in memory of Mr. Vincent Zito Katherine Sulenski Christopher Swope & John Flippen Dan & Lynn Tarrence Peter M. Taub Hal Tepfer John Henry Thomas III

Lila & George Todd Tim Tompkins Elizabeth V. Toperzer Gissell Torres Stephen & Valerie Toups Jeffrey Trachtman Tracy Ann Dulworth Fund of The Dallas Foundation John & Elizabeth Traub Jennifer Trepeck in honor of Sue Gilad Truworthy Productions Twelfth Night Club Inc. Mark Tynan Beth M. Uffner Richard J. Underwood Sally Unger Emily Vacher in honor of Javier MuĂąoz Joyce Van Patten Richard & Debra Voller Carol Waaser Suzyn Waldman Tom & Connie Walsh Alice Wang Justin Weatherby & Frankie Moran Arthur E. Webster, Esq. Ira M. Weitzman Lucille Werlinich Nancy A. Wheeler Frederick M. White & Greg Kammerer Todd M. Whitley & Gary O. Holder* in loving memory of James Roe Danny Whitman & Robert Bartley in memory of Francine Whitman Lois Whitman Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Wiggers in memory of T. Thorne Wiggers Miles Wilkin Jayne A. Williams Margo Wintersteen Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz Lori A. Yaspan Ilana Zablozki-Amir M.D. Jeff Zadroga in memory of Maestro Jack F. Lee Sonni Zambino & Judy Allen in memory of Panchali Null The Ziegfeld Club Zufall Family Foundation* Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (8) Anonymous***

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