Behind the Scenes Fall 2018

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AIDS CONFERENCE Behind the Scenes



Behind the Scenes is published by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Dear Friends,

By the time this magazine reaches you, it will be after the midterm elections. Decisions will have been made across the country that affect us and those less fortunate in every state and congressional district. Regardless of the outcomes, I implore you to stay engaged. We need to be voices of influence on important decisions still to be made, both in the immediate future and the years to come.



Valerie Lau-Kee Lai, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS Robert E. Wankel, PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Mary McColl, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Sherry Cohen,THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY Paul Libin, PRESIDENT EMERITUS 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 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 Angelica Franklin, Aaron Waytkus, LAYOUT & DESIGN Contributors Mo Brady, Sarah Cardillo, Gary Damiano, Francesca Toscano Photographers Bjorn Bolinder, Curtis Brown, Joann Coates, Daniel T. Gramkee, Jay Brady Photography, Michael Kushner, Greg McMahon, Matthew Murphy, Daniel Roberts, Victor Rodriguez, Steve J. Sherman, Monica Simoes, Alison Stock, Jonathan Tichler, Francesca Toscano, Evan Zimmerman


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Here in the theatre community, we stay engaged by doubling down on our efforts to help others. This fall, we will build on the 29-year legacy of the Gypsy of the Year Competition with the newly minted Red Bucket Follies. The show will continue to showcase ensemble members and special guests performing original skits, songs and dances. Prior to Follies in early December, we’re raising support through audience appeals. Seen in the lobbies of theatres in New York City and across the country, our now-iconic red bucket illustrates our commitment to fundraising and grant-making. In the pages of this magazine, you’ll read how your dedication to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fueled $5.9 million in support this year to The Actors Fund. Our unique partnership grew from the singular support of the HIV/AIDS Initiative 30 years ago into today’s indispensable safety net of social services, helping thousands in our community who are in crisis, need or transition. You’ll also read how your support provided for $7.3 million to be sent to 471 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., reaching out to hundreds of thousands dealing with debilitating illnesses and crises. You’ll see how you helped make these remarkable gifts happen, from the community-wide celebration at our Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to the jaw-dropping spectacle of Broadway Bares. These pages feature photos and stories from this summer’s Fire Island Dance Festival, Easter Bonnet Competition, Broadway Bets, a special Joshua Bell house concert and more. This issue of Behind the Scenes is a chance to look back at the extraordinary success of these efforts - and to look forward toward how we can stay engaged and motivated in the next six months and beyond. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Tom Viola Executive Director

A World Class Party with a Purpose and a Donation to Broadway Cares Life Ball, the biggest charity event supporting those living with HIV/AIDS internationally, celebrated its 25th year by paying homage to The Sound of Music. Tens of thousands of attendees in Vienna celebrated with highend fashions, elaborate costumes and international guests. “Just imagine the Super Bowl halftime show ending in a parade of 40,000, with half of those in drag walking a red carpet that stretched for three city blocks,” said Tom Viola, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ executive director and first-time Life Ball attendee. Because of theme’s connection to Broadway, Broadway Cares became one of Life Ball’s six major beneficiaries, which also include the Elton John AIDS Foundation and amfAR. The partnership results in a $200,000 grant and an ongoing relationship. “It was an unforgettable event filled with incredible costumes, endless theatrics and, most importantly, support for the most vulnerable among us,” Viola said. “And what’s more Broadway than that?”

2018 GRANT-MAKING “Where does all that money go?”

The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative


The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

$ 900,000

Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative

$ 850,000

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)

$ 450,000

Addiction and Recovery Services

$ 450,000

The Dancers’ Resource

$ 300,000

The Career Center

$ 300,000

Safe Workplace Initiative

$ 250,000

The Paul Libin Center

$ 100,000

Senior Services

$ 100,000

The Stage Managers’ Project

$ 100,000

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


The Actors Fund Total



National Grants Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 121 organizations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

$ 2,015,000

Nationally Recognized AIDS Service and Advocacy Organizations 43 agencies

$ 1,150,000

Local AIDS Service Organizations 307 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services

$ 2,227,500

Theatre Social Service Organizations



Hurricane Relief Grants to Hispanic Federation



Research, Special One-time Grants and Shared Support



Supplemental and Emergency Grants



Physician Volunteers for the Arts Broadway flu shot initiative



National Grants Total

$ 7,333,741

International Grants South Africa organizations in honor of The Lion King

$ 418,500

TheatreMAD and others


International Grants Total

2018 Grant-making Total


$ 461,000



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; •  To increase public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through the creation and dissemination of educational materials;



Where Does All That Money Go?


Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction


The Actors Fund

11 Sharing Resources 12 Easter Bonnet Competition 15 International AIDS Conference 17 National Grants 20 Broadway Bets 21 Broadway Barks 22 Broadway Bares 26 Fire Island Dance Festival 28 Classical Action 31 Angels Circle 35 Five Questions


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•  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.


The Actors Fund National & Int’l Total

1987-1992 Equity Fights AIDS 1987-1992 Broadway Cares

$ 2,775,250

$ 1,067,000

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

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 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 2018 * unaudited Grant-making Total 1988-2018

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

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 5,896,575

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 6,190,056 6,091,777 6,780,596 6,452,808 7,836,709 7,794,741

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 5,421,679 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 10,490,056 10,694,777 11,956,096 12,055,358 13,373,709 13,691,316

$ 95,262,211 $ 111,283,608 $ 206,545,819

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

32nd Annual Event Brings Out the Broadway Fan in All of Us


hether you’re a Broadway legend or making your debut, a hardworking stage manager or committed member of the crew, an enthusiastic theatregoer or veteran front-office manager, at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction we’re all one thing: the ultimate Broadway fan.

“The shared passion for all things theatre is a magical invisible thread that makes me feel like everyone on that street is my new best buddy,” Frozen star Patti Murin said. “The sense of belonging is tangible, and the love in the air is palpable.” On September 30, Broadway fans of all kinds raised $906,825 at the 32nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. It was the second-highest fundraising total in the event’s history. Collectively, the 32 editions have raised $14.5 million to help those in need. Nearly every inch of the NYC Theater District’s West 44th and West 45th Streets and Shubert Alley was filled with rare, eclectic and sought-after memorabilia and opportunities to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences. Broadway icons like Chita Rivera sat beside show-stopping new stars like Ariana DeBose, all eager to take photos and sign autographs for fans. Behind the Scenes


TOP 10 TABLES $34,965 ATPAM .............................................................. $34,072 Wicked .............................................................. $24,049 Anastasia .......................................................... $22,151 Hamilton ............................................................. $18,120 Dear Evan Hansen ............................................... $17,060 TDF’s “Pik-a-Tkt” ................................................ $14,877 United Scenic Artists Local 829 ........................ $12,287 Frozen ................................................................. $11,984 Creative Goods Merchandise ............................. $10,258 Mean Girls ..........................................................

Because of the enthusiasm of countless fans like Spaulding, the tables at this year’s market raised $442,316. The day in Shubert Alley was filled with 210 live and silent auction lots. The most popular live auction lot was a musical phrase from the Tony Award-winning score of Dear Evan Hansen, signed by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, as well as the Tony-winning original Evan Hansen, Ben Platt. The lot raised an astonishing $13,000. Perhaps the most spirited moment of the auction was when 13-yearolds Mia Rossa and Bryan DiFebo-Byrne, flanked by their parents, bid furiously over VIP tickets to Mean Girls and a meet-and-greet with stars Grey Henson and Barrett Wilbert-Weed. Ultimately, the lot was doubled at $3,100 so both teenagers went home with memories to last a lifetime. And for many of the attendees, participating in the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction means sharing a piece of their heart. Mean Girls’ Riza Takahashi sold handmade origami paper cranes, which she makes onstage in the show. For Takahashi, the paper cranes also are representative of her roots. “The cranes are my little way of expressing my Japanese heritage on the stage,” Takahashi said. “It means so much to me that our fans are interested in my origami paper cranes and that they show that by giving to Broadway Cares.” The Mean Girls table was top fundraising table among 58 that represented Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, theatre owners and producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs. William Spaulding, a theatre fan from New York City, nabbed an oversized Hello, Dolly! “Sold Out” sign that had hung outside the Shubert Theatre prior to performances of the most recent revival. “I lost count of how many times I’ve seen the show,” Spaulding said. “And now I’ll have a piece of it forever.”

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines.


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Christy Altomare was one of the surprise celebrity guests to make an appearance at the live auction, where she presented VIP seats and a meetand-greet at Anastasia. When she came offstage, she was greeted by a group of excited fans. She gave each of them a big, grateful hug. The always-exciting live auction, hosted by Broadway and television favorite Bryan Batt and esteemed auctioneer Nick Nicholson, raised an incredible $336,700.

"All these beautiful people with a shared passion for theatre, giving their time and money to help others fill my heart with joy.” — Danny Burstein

Auction favorites Jen Cody and Michael Goddard returned to co-host the silent auction throughout the day, which raised a record $127,809. The top-selling lot was Ethel Merman’s 1982 Pied Piper Award, along with a photograph of Merman, Lucille Ball and Jerry Herman, which raised $3,750. In addition to exploring the sea of treasures at the tables and auctions, fans met 80 of their favorite Broadway stars at the Autograph Table and Photo Booth, which raised $33,354. “The Broadway Flea Market is one of my favorite New York City events,” Be More Chill star and Autograph Table attendee George Salazar said. “I love that everyone in the community — actors, stage managers, casting directors, theatregoers — makes their way to Shubert Alley to celebrate all things Broadway while also supporting the work of Broadway Cares.” Later in the day, the inimitable Chita Rivera joined the table and giggled with delight when a fan asked her to sign her “Lights of Broadway” trading card. Danny Burstein, star of the sold-out Boston run of the Broadway-bound Moulin Rouge, said, “All these beautiful people with a shared passion for theatre, giving their time and money to help others fill my heart with joy.” n PHOTOS & VIDEO

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The Actors Fund A Timeline of Lifelines

30 Years of Lifesaving Support


he life of an entertainment professional is often romanticized, but when it comes to having comprehensive and affordable health care, the industry can be unreliable. “It’s a great business, except when it’s not,” lamented Broadway’s Ann Harada.

2018 Total

$850,000 Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative

Harada was among a group of Broadway luminaries who recently underscored the importance of the safety net provided by the vital social service programs of The Actors Fund.


“They are our safe place,” SpongeBob SquarePants’ Wesley Taylor said. Hello, Dolly!’s Kate Baldwin added, “They are completely essential to our community.”

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the single largest financial supporter of these indispensable programs. What started as support for The Actors Fund to help those living with HIV/AIDS get financial assistance and essential case management has grown to include a wide spectrum of support for everyone in “the business,” reflecting the evolving needs of professionals in the industry. This is the 30th year of Broadway Cares’ support of the programs of The Actors Fund. Since 1988, Broadway Cares and The Actors Fund have remained committed to providing a helping hand and supportive shoulder to those in the entertainment industry and performing arts when they’re in a time of need, crisis or transition. “We are proud stewards of this support,” The Actors Fund Chief Executive Officer Joe Benincasa said. “How Broadway Cares inspires our community is absolutely miraculous and it makes The Fund’s good work possible.”


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Addiction and Recovery Services

$2,000,000 HIV/AIDS Initiative


The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

$300,000 each

The Dancers’ Resource The Career Center

$100,000 each

$250,000 Safe Workplace Initiative

The Paul Libin Center Senior Services The Stage Managers’ Project


HIV/AIDS Initiative

2018 grant: $2,000,000 Total since 1988: $52,750,000

When the theatre community was desperate for help during the height of the AIDS crisis, the HIV/AIDS Initiative was there to offer lifesaving support and services to people in need. Thirty years ago, Broadway Cares provided the initial funding for the initiative and continues to be its single largest funder. Today, as people are living longer with the disease, the HIV/ AIDS Initiative has adapted to offer confidential, comprehensive services that address emotional, medical and financial needs for the long term. “It’s been a godsend to me, and I know for a lot of other people, too,” ballet dancer and HIV/AIDS Initiative client Joseph Carman said. “The Actors Fund is specifically good for people with HIV, because they’ve had a long history with it. They were there at the beginning of the crisis, they know all the different stages of it and so they know all the reference points.” Actor, AIDS activist and member of The Actors Funds’ Chairman’s Council BD Wong said, “Our ongoing ability to take action has been a direct result of the creation and support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.”


Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative 2018 grant: $850,000 Total since 1996: $11,100,000

In 1996, Broadway Cares expanded its support of The Actors Fund beyond the HIV/AIDS Initiative for the first time with a $10,000 grant to help launch the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. With services addressing the unique and specific health concerns of women, the initiative offers a place they can turn to for help and advice without the fear and stigma presented in other health care environments. “The Actors Fund and their Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative offered comfort during a difficult time in my life,” Mary Anne, a client of the initiative, said.


Mary Anne, an entertainment industry makeup artist, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Though she was insured through her union, many costs weren’t covered. Additionally, she was financially burdened from being unable to work for two months.

The Career Center

2018 grant: $300,000 Total since 1998: $4,885,000

The Actors Fund offered her the financial and emotional support she needed to get through this hardship. “They took the weight off of my shoulders, which helped me to heal,” she said.

In 1998, Broadway Cares began financially supporting The Career Center, then known as the Actors Fund Work Program. The center helps professionals identify and find fulfilling secondary work that complements their performing arts career. In an industry notorious for sporadic lapses in employment, finding valuable, consistent work is a crucial lifeline for people hoping to maintain a lasting career in the business, or looking to move into a different field. After the 2007-2008 writers strike, Maria Elena was at a career deadlock. She wasn’t sure whether to continue on her path of becoming a television writer, or to branch out into a different line of work. She turned to The Career Center to learn new skills and expand her options. “It became a second community that I didn’t know was there,” Maria Elena said. “I still go to some of the talks and workshops today. The Actors Fund taught me to understand the ever-changing nature of the entertainment industry. They teach you how to navigate that as well as recognize how other skills and interests have value.”


The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts 2018 grant: $900,000 Total since 2004: $10,811,000

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, which Broadway Cares began funding 14 years ago, is now The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center, a medical care center designed with entertainment industry folks’ unique schedules and lifestyle in mind. You can read more about The Friedman Health Center, opened in March 2017 in the heart of Times Square, in our spring 2017 issue of Behind the Scenes. Read the story at

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The Stage Managers’ Project 2018 grant: $100,000 Total since 2005: $846,000

The Stage Managers’ Project is a reliable directory of doctors, specialists and other health care providers in 28 states for Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions. This allows stage managers and their companies to have access to extensive, thoroughly vetted health care resources. Across the country, stage managers are the unsung heroes for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as they are often the ones coordinating fundraising efforts, holding buckets and inspiring company participation.


The Dancers’ Resource 2018 grant: $300,000 Total since 2007: $2,685,000

It’s no secret that dancers have physically demanding jobs, and their rigorous careers often lead to a unique set of health challenges and setbacks specific to their work. The Dancers’ Resource, which launched with a $150,000 grant from Broadway Cares, is geared toward dancing professionals suffering from serious injuries, offering them emotional support and a wealth of resources. When Ashley Murphy, currently a celebrated performer with The Washington Ballet, suffered from multiple stress fractures in her tibia during her time with Dance Theatre of Harlem, she needed a supportive shoulder while she dealt with her debilitating injury. She turned to The Dancers’ Resource, who connected Murphy to social worker Amy Wilder. “Honestly, I don’t think I would have made it without Amy,” Murphy said. “I was in such a bad place. I’ve always been such a strong person, and I’ve never been vulnerable enough to just talk to someone about it. The dance world is small, so it was really nice to have a confidential opinion from someone who was on the outside looking in.”


Artists Health Insurance Resource Center 2018 grant: $450,000 Total since 2014: $2,150,000

Entertainment professionals who are uninsured or underinsured and looking for assistance with health care can turn to the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center. Today, these concerns are even more urgent, as the tense political climate continues to attack the Affordable Care Act. “People are asking if they’ll still be able to get coverage, and, if so, will they be able to afford it?” Renata Marinaro, director of health services for The Actors Fund, said. Fortunately, The Actors Fund is ready to help individuals navigate these troublesome waters. Read more about Marinaro’s story and The Actors Fund’s response to today’s political circumstances in our spring 2018 issue of Behind the Scenes:


Addiction and Recovery Services 2018 grant: $450,000 Since 2015: $1,700,000

When striving to achieve and maintain sobriety, finding a confidential support system is key to attaining one’s goals. Broadway Cares began funding The Actors Fund’s Addiction and Recovery Services in 2015. The services support entertainment professionals as they learn to manage their lives without the abuse of mood-altering substances, as well as help the families, partners and friends of those in recovery cope with the effects of a loved one’s substance abuse.

Today Total 2018 grants: $13,691,316 Total grants since 1988: $94,761,575

In 2018, Broadway Cares expanded its support to include three additional programs. The Safe Workplace Initiative offers resources, counseling and training sessions to fight harassment, bullying and bias within the industry. Senior Services assists entertainment professionals at least 65 years old in addressing the myriad issues they may face on a daily basis. Looking Ahead, a program that helps young performers make a healthy, successful transition to adulthood, opened the Paul Libin Center, its New York City home. The center was named in honor of Broadway Cares President Emeritus Paul Libin. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ support may be more important today than ever before: as vital health care services and coverage become increasingly at risk in the current political climate, The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares remain committed to offering this vital safety net in New York City and across the country.

Easter Bonnet Competition

Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours Celebrate Fundraising Success


nique performance pairings at the 32nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition mirrored the collaborative spirit of the spring fundraising season, which raised a near-record $5,721,879 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The impressive total was thanks to 62 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions fundraising across the country. The total was announced by Hello, Dolly! ’s Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters and Angels in America’s Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. It was the second-highest total in Easter Bonnet Competition history. One of the most stirring pairings across the two afternoons of performances on April 23 and 24, was the talented young cast of School of Rock - The Musical and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña. The teens and pre-teens came together to perform the high school students’ inspiring original song, “Shine.” Garrity and Peña wrote the song in response to the shooting at their Parkland, FL, school that killed 17 students and teachers in February. Two seemingly opposite shows, the easygoing and buoyant Escape to Margaritaville and the subtle, Tony Award-winning The Band’s Visit, joined forces with a song playfully parodying the commercialized nature of the 2018 Broadway season. This entertaining performance earned them the title of presentation runners-up. Behind the Scenes


The award for best presentation went to the company of Wicked, which dedicated their performance to cast member Jerad Bortz and his husband Steven Skeels. A devastating car crash left Bortz paralyzed from the chest down. Bortz returned to the stage with Skeels and donned the company’s bonnet while leading them in an emotional rendition of “Dear Old Shiz.” The casts of Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen united to share a mashup of “You Will Be Found” and “The Story of Tonight,” iconic songs from both shows arranged by Alex Lacamoire. “Found Tonight” was first performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt at the March for Our Lives on March 24, in Washington, D.C. While all the numbers in the show did not feature pairings, the spirit of collaboration and unity was present throughout the fundraising season and inspired performances full of humor, hope and heart. The comedic companies of Avenue Q, A Bronx Tale The Musical and SpongeBob SquarePants shared playful parodies that had the audience smiling and laughing. The company of The Lion King and dance troupe Caleb Teicher & Company, representing Broadway Cares program Dancers Responding to AIDS, both shared captivating dance-focused pieces. Chicago powerhouse Lana Gordon and Jacob Hoffman from the benefit performance of Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly showed their vocal prowess with impressive lead vocals representing their shows. The Easter Bonnet Competition also included a spirited tribute to all the national touring productions, set to Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money.” The number featured 22 dancers and was choreographed by Richard J. Hinds. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition opened with a high-energy production number, in which original La Cage aux Folles stars David Engel, Drew Geraci and Jennifer Smith explained the origins of the competition to SpongeBob SquarePants’ Brynn Williams. The number was written and directed by Billy Hipkins and co-directed and choreographed by James Kinney, with music direction by Ted Arthur. The show concluded with Once on This Island’s Hailey Kilgore singing a show-stopping and awe-inspiring rendition of the Easter Bonnet Competition anthem, “Help is on the Way,” written by David Friedman with a new arrangement by Ted Arthur. Actors across Broadway came together to host this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition, including John Cariani and Ari’el Stachel from The Band’s Visit; Lilli Cooper, Gavin Lee and Ethan Slater from SpongeBob SquarePants; Bongi Duma and Nhlanhla Ngobeni from The Lion King; Erika Henningsen and Taylor Louderman from Mean Girls; Lea Salonga from Once on This Island and Taylor Trensch from Dear Evan Hansen.


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FUNDRAISING AWARDS BROADWAY MUSICALS Top Fundraiser Hamilton.............................. $402,083 1st Runner-Up

Hello, Dolly!........................... $315,562

2nd Runner-Up Dear Evan Hansen................$265,336 3rd Runner-Up

The Book of Mormon.............. $199,587

BROADWAY PLAYS Top Fundraiser The Play That Goes Wrong..... $84,504 1st Runner-Up

Angels in America.................. $76,226

NATIONAL TOURS Top Fundraiser Hamilton – Angelica.............. $330,876 1st Runner-Up

The Book of Mormon -........... $264,901 Jumamosi

2nd Runner-Up Aladdin ................................ $200,000 3rd Runner-Up

Wicked – Munchkinland ......... $196,107

OFF-BROADWAY PLAYS & MUSICALS Top Fundraiser Jersey Boys............................ $63,784 1st Runner-Up

Avenue Q................................$42,955

62 Companies Raised $5,721,879

A Letter to Harvey Milk cast members Adam Heller, Evan Pappas and Cheryl Stern celebrated the 47 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions that raised money for Broadway Cares during the six-week fundraising period but did not present a bonnet. Special guests Caissie Levy and Patti Murin from megahit musical Frozen introduced the esteemed panel of judges that selected the best presentation award winners on Tuesday. This year’s judges were Zach Adkins and Christy Altomare from Anastasia; Major Attaway from Aladdin; Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan from Escape to Margaritaville; Ashley Park and Kate Rockwell from Mean Girls; and Charlie Stemp from Hello, Dolly!. Also joining the panel were Nicole LaFountaine and Gracie Miller, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September 2017. Since the Easter Bonnet Competition began in 1987, the event has raised $80.9 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Easter Bonnet Competition was directed by Kristin Newhouse with Arabella Powell serving as production stage manager, leading a team of 10 expert stage managers. Ben Cohn was music supervisor, Ted Arthur was music director and Charles Gordon was orchestra coordinator. Lighting design was by Timothy Reed and sound by Alain Van Achte. Easter Bonnet Competition is sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines.

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U=U International AIDS Conference

New Initiative Fights Stigma, Encourages Awareness and Testing U=U



The end to HIV transmission is closer than it’s ever been.


ecent science backs up what HIV/AIDS activists have been saying for years. If you’re living with HIV, have an undetectable viral load and remain adherent to your medication, then you can’t sexually pass on HIV to a partner. It’s the basis for a new international initiative, started by Prevention Access Campaign, dubbed U=U, or Undetectable=Untransmittable.

“U=U is a groundbreaking initiative,” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola said. “By being tested, getting into treatment and having an undetectable viral load, we have the potential to stop the transmission of HIV. The success of the U=U campaign coupled with access to PrEP is based on the best scientific evidence. Evidence is greater than stigma, trepidation and fear.” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the founding sponsor and continuing supporter of Prevention Access Campaign. Viola and Prevention Access Campaign Founding Executive Director Bruce Richman joined other thought leaders from around the world to share U=U at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in July. A special U=U pre-conference program, sponsored by Broadway Cares and other major HIV/AIDS funders, brought together global partners to collectively tout the scientific findings and share messaging and advocacy campaigns that will rewrite the HIV risk narrative.

If individuals know their status, they can take medication to stay healthy and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

“Many of us who live with HIV never imagined a time when we would be able to love, have sex and conceive children without fear of transmitting HIV to our partners,” Richman said after the conference. “Fear has been ever-present in the most intimate moments of our lives. Sharing knowledge of U=U is an unprecedented opportunity to erode the internal and external HIV stigma that we have lived and died with for decades. It sets us free.” The U=U campaign is based on extensive scientific studies providing definitive proof about HIV transmission. Dr. Chris Beyrer, past president of the International AIDS Society, recently noted that starting treatment for HIV as early as possible following initial infection not only preserves the health of those living with HIV but also protects their uninfected sexual partners by dramatically reducing the likelihood of transmitting HIV. This means that if individuals know their status, they can take medication to stay healthy and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The research results are now supported by the international public health community. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supported the initiative, closely followed by the World Health Organization earlier this year.


Learn how you can share the U=U campaign at Behind the Scenes

“It’s an unusual situation when the overwhelming evidence base in science allows us to be confident that what we are saying is fact,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “The science really does verify and validate U=U. From a practical standpoint, the risk (of transmission) is zero.” PrEP is pre-exposure prophylaxis, which Beyrer called a highly effective form of HIV prevention that involves taking a single antiHIV pill each day and significantly reduces an individual's risk of contracting HIV. Unfortunately, stigma poses the biggest threat to U=U. Stigma and fear prevent at-risk individuals from getting tested, which means those with the disease are not taking the necessary steps toward becoming undetectable. Pictured: Jesse Milan, CEO of AIDS United; Murray Penner, former executive director NASTAD; Charles King, CEO of Housing Works; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Bruce Richman, founding executive director of Prevention Access Campaign; Scott Campbell, executive director of Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

“HIV stigma is a public health emergency,” Richman said. “Our work to reduce core HIV stigma by ensuring access to accurate and meaningful information about risk of transmission is essential, but there’s so much more to be done.”

And the work still to be done is daunting. Only 49 percent of people living with HIV are undetectable, and PrEP coverage is less than 5 percent of the 2020 target. However, widespread awareness and education are key to changing the conversation and eliminating the stigma surrounding an HIV diagnosis. “The U=U movement is putting an end to gatekeeping and is taking back control of the narrative,” Richman said. “From the grassroots to global institutions, U=U is being celebrated and communicated loud and clear. Together, we’re educating our communities, health care professionals, policymakers and the public, and we’re working with governments to update and communicate their descriptions of risk. More than 750 organizations from nearly 100 countries have signed on to the U=U campaign, joining a vibrant community that continues to grow.” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is proud to share the proven effectiveness of the campaign and continue awarding lifesaving grants to help provide much-needed access to medical care. Because of this work, more individuals will receive the medication they need to reach an undetectable viral load. “The theatre community is resilient, and that resilience can be used to educate people and fight the stigma around HIV/AIDS,” Viola said. “By continuing to harness the generosity of Broadway to provide medication, nutritious meals and more to people in need, we are creating a safer and healthier future for those affected by the disease and their loved ones.” n

Three Steps to Undetectable=Untransmittable Step 1: Get Tested

HIV tests are quick, painless and available at thousands of health clinics, doctor offices, hospitals and mobile testing units. Not knowing your status puts you and your partners at risk.

Step 2: Get Treatment

For those who test positive, starting antiretroviral medication is imperative. Treatment reduces the amount of the virus in the blood to the point it cannot be detected. An undetectable viral load prevents the transmission of HIV to sexual partners.

Step 3: Stay Adherent

Taking HIV medication as prescribed is crucial to maintaining an undetectable viral load. Continued monitoring is necessary to stay healthy and stop HIV transmission.

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Sharing Resources Broadway Community Lends a Hand with Puerto Rico’s Rebuilding Efforts


ore than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, thousands of people are still struggling to rebuild. While some politicians turned their back on the island, the Broadway community continues to step forward, offering its support through dollars and on-the-ground action. In appreciation of the passionate fundraising efforts of the Broadway and national touring companies of Hamilton, Broadway Cares has awarded $350,000 to the Hispanic Federation since the hurricane hit in September 2017. The organization, led by president Jose Calderón, is delivering emergency aid relief and essentials to those affected by the disaster. “I am incredibly grateful to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and your donors for the generous response to the desperate situation faced by my people of Puerto Rico,” said Hispanic Federation founding president Luis A. Miranda Jr., whose son is Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Through my son, I have gotten to know this fantastic Broadway community, where everyone is brought into the family in the spirit of teamwork and support.” In addition to providing the financial support for immediate relief and long-term rebuilding, Broadway Cares has also helped artists on the island. In cooperation with Broadway Cares affiliate program R.Evolución Latina, art is becoming a catalyst to revitalizing affected regions.


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By hiring local artists across Puerto Rico to create workshops centered around their craft, R.Evolución Latina provides the artists’ communities a vital outlet during these difficult times. Paying these artists helps revitalize the local economies, jumpstarting a lasting cycle of employment and empowerment. These workshops, many of which are designed for local children, include theatre, music, percussion, crafts and cinematography. “The artists expressed the need to speak, to listen to each other, to get back in touch with their art, to believe in themselves and to know that there is a community that cares about them,” Denisse Ambert, co-executive director of R.Evolución Latina, said. Earlier in the year, the R.Evolución Latina team collaborated with Telemundo, Toys ‘R’ Us and the Hispanic Federation to distribute more than 30,000 toys to children in barrios across the island. “With collaboration, magic happens,” Ambert said. “Thank you for your support and for making this experience so wonderful for the people in my island.” n

National Grants Organizations Offer Help in Underserved and Politically Divided Regions


ven with today’s medication and treatment options, the burden of living with HIV/AIDS can weigh heavy. This stress is intensified when you live in a region beset with stigma, a lack of open conversation about the disease and heightened political tension. In rural Alabama, where intolerance and indifference toward HIV/AIDS run deep, a lack of compassion and understanding creates a toxic environment for HIV-positive residents. “Stigma is a big issue in a rural community because everyone knows everybody’s business,” said Robbie Hines, a medical case manager at Health Services Center in Anniston, Alabama. “We have patients who travel two hours one way to see us so they’re not seen receiving help in their communities.” The majority of clients do not have health insurance coverage due to Alabama not expanding Medicaid with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Without Health Services Center, the most vulnerable in the region would not receive the medication and care they need to survive.

Additionally, Texas opted not to create an in-person assistance program and passed laws that limited the ability of community organizations to help consumers enroll in the Affordable Care Act. This means people living with HIV/AIDS cannot receive the health care they need without organizations like San Antonio AIDS Foundation.

Health Services Center received a $10,000 grant this year thanks to your donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This grant was among the $7.3 million awarded in 2018 to organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., through Broadway Cares’ National Grants Program.

The agency’s 2018 grant of $10,000 from Broadway Cares was part of the summer grant round, which awarded more than $2.2 million to 307 organizations. This round covers direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services.

More than 900 miles away in the city of San Antonio, HIVpositive residents are struggling with the effects of stigma. For Damien, a client of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, this stems from both where he lives and racial tension.

Earlier this year, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $2 million to 121 organizations in 38 states for food service and meal delivery programs. In April, $1.1 million was awarded to 48 nationally recognized AIDS service and advocacy agencies.

“There are just so many strikes against me,” Damien said. “In the black community, being gay is an abomination. Then, living as an HIV-positive, black gay man in the heart of Texas, it’s hard.”

Despite difficult conditions for HIV-positive individuals in many communities across the country, services at these organizations fueled by grants from Broadway Cares allow clients to live with dignity and a vital support system.

And according to Cynthia Nelson, CEO of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, the lack of conversation around HIV/AIDS is, in part, the root of this rampant issue.

“Imagine if you’ve come to a clinic and have been given a chronic diagnosis but you have nothing,” Hines, in Alabama, said. “The services you’re providing by supporting Broadway Cares are changing so many lives for the better.” n

“Just talking about AIDS takes away the stigma,” Nelson said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News. “People think of HIV and AIDS as something that has been controlled, but that’s simply not the case.”

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $7.3 million to 471 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. 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.







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Broadway Bets

Stars, Insiders and Serious Poker Players Place Bets and Smash Records


igh energy, enthusiasm and a night of incredible fundraising were dealt in spades when Broadway stars, industry insiders and fans raised a record $295,100 on May 14, at the fourth edition of Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament.

The final table also featured, in order of finish: Joseph T. Baio of Willkie Farr; Jeremy Hollingworth, playing with Jujamcyn Theaters; professional poker player Andy Frankenberger; Nick Falzon of Disney Theatrical Productions; Lisa Cecchini of Situation Interactive; Amanda Pekoe of The Pekoe Group; actor Richard Kind; and Shannon January, house electrician at the Golden Theatre.

The jaw-dropping total was raised in a spirited evening of Texas Hold ‘em poker at Sardi’s restaurant in New York City’s theatre district. Broadway Bets gives theatre professionals and loyal Broadway Cares supporters the opportunity to play in a friendly poker tournament while helping people in need across the country.

The four editions of Broadway Bets have raised a total of $948,850 for Broadway Cares.

The event was a full house with luminaries from across the industry, including actors, theatrical advertising agency executives, theatre owners, producers and professional poker players. Among the stars of stage and screen upping the ante as players were the likes of Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Richard Kind, Steve Martin and Tony Yazbeck. They were joined by poker pros Andy Frankenberger and Maria Konnikova. Stars who opted not to go “all in” but instead enjoyed Broadway Bets social passes, which included snacks, socializing and other casino games for prizes, were actors Lilli Cooper, Robert Creighton, Laurie Metcalf and Danny Skinner. Broadway Bets started with 26 Texas Hold ‘em poker tables and 258 card players filling two floors of the iconic restaurant before 10 players perfected their poker faces and reached the championship table. The ultimate face-off featured Peter Pergola, chief operating officer of The Araca Group, and Thomas M. Cerabino, chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Surrounded by an energetic, cheering crowd, Pergola was crowned Broadway Bets champion when he bested Cerabino with a pair of kings and an Ace kicker.


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Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and Broadway Cares president, and Paul Libin, executive vice president emeritus of Jujamcyn Theaters and Broadway Cares Board of Trustees president emeritus, serve as founding co-chairs. Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters, Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical and Brett Sirota of The Road Company returned to serve as tournament directors. Three of the season’s hottest, Tony Award-nominated shows - Carousel, The Iceman Cometh and Three Tall Women - served as the evening’s “Royal Flush” bar sponsors. “Full House” table sponsors were AKA, Ambassador Theatre Group, The Araca Group, Entertainment Benefits Group, Foresight Theatrical, Independent Presenters Network, JetBlue, The John Gore Organization (, Broadway Across America), Jujamcyn Theaters, The Nederlander Organization, The Pekoe Group, The Road Company, Road Concierge/ALTOUR, Serino Coyne, The Shubert Organization, Situation Interactive, Sweet Hospitality Group, Ticketmaster and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Disney Theatrical Productions, Mean Girls, Show-Score and SpotCo joined the game as “Two Pair” half-table sponsors. n


Broadway Barks

Dogs and Cats Find Loving Homes with New Forever Families


hubert Alley is part of New York City police officer Joseph Tilesio’s regular beat. So when Broadway Barks takes over the alley for a day every summer, Tilesio is on duty. But at last year’s event, he was investigating a different type of crime.

“I knew I wasn’t leaving Broadway Barks until I got a dog,” Tilesio said. And he was a man of his word after a Great Dane-pointer mutt from Animal Haven shelter stole his heart. “When I met Max, I just knew he was the one. Whenever I feel sad or stressed, I remember to be the person my dog thinks I am.” Tilesio returned to the scene of the canine caper again this year to watch over Shubert Alley and to celebrate the animal adoption event that brought him and his four-legged friend together. As proof his pup is never far away, Tilesio took off his police hat to reveal a picture of Max taped inside. This year’s 20th anniversary of Broadway Barks on July 14 was hosted by Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters and her Hello, Dolly! co-star Victor Garber. Peters founded the event with fellow pet lover Mary Tyler Moore. NYC’s Shubert Alley was filled with a menagerie of adoptable cats and dogs from 28 shelters and rescue organizations, eager to find a human companion like Tilesio. The most anticipated part of the afternoon was the parade of pets led by Broadway stars. Adding a twist this year, Tony Award winner Gavin Creel and co-star Charlie Stemp led a revamped rendition of Hello, Dolly! ‘s “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.” The company of the show - in full costume - emerged on the outdoor stage with a puppy in one hand and a parasol in the other. And so began the parade of 60 performers, introducing darling dogs and cherished cats, and urging attendees to fill out adoption

applications. Many of those performers have adopted pets from the event, including longtime Broadway Barks supporter Bebe Neuwirth.

The kitten in Neuwirth’s hands this year meowed directly into her microphone. “She’s asking you to adopt her,” the proud rescuer of three cats said. “Will you give this baby her forever home?” Stephen Carrasco, a Broadway regular who recently starred in OffBroadway’s Skintight, adopted Ogie, a terrier corgi mix from Pet Rescue Inc. “My husband wanted a dog for years, and I eventually gave in and said, ‘Go to Broadway Barks and make it happen,’” Carrasco said. “The second he handed Ogie to me, it just clicked. And now I’m a dog person for life.” Talent agent Frankie Moran and producer Justin Weatherby adopted their dog, Trudy, from Bideawee animal rescue at Broadway Barks in 2012. “We love to come by every year and see other dogs get their forever homes,” Moran said. “I knew Trudy was the one as soon as we saw her, and I love watching other people have that special moment.” Over the 20 years of Broadway Barks, more than 2,000 cats and dogs have found their forever homes. “Broadway Barks is the most adorable situation you’ve ever experienced,” Carrasco said. “Do something incredible, give a dog a home. We all need a home.” n Broadway Barks was sponsored by The New York Times. The event’s producers were Richard Hester, Patty Saccente and Scott T. Stevens.

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Broadway Bares


A 360 Degree Look at This

Year’s Sexy Game Night

roadway Bares: Game Night, the 28th edition of the annual striptease spectacular, raised a record-shattering $1,875,090 from two performances on June 17, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. And while the face of Bares is often the talented dancers sharing their hearts and bodies, there also are more than 700 volunteers offstage and 6,000 audience members devoted to making it a special evening working tirelessly to raise money for the most vulnerable among us.



ix weeks of exacting rehearsals and passionate peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns led up to one night: an evening of unparalleled striptease production numbers inspired by beloved board games, video games and arcade games at Broadway Bares: Game Night. Nick Kenkel returned to direct Broadway Bares for the sixth year, joined by co-director Laya Barak, an accomplished dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in the last four editions of Broadway Bares. “Broadway Bares is the most humbling, incredible, full-out thing I have ever had the honor of being a part of,” Barak said.


Throughout the evening, a fun and friendly game night was given a seductive, striptease twist as Broadway’s best dancers shared sexy production numbers inspired by Clue, Battleship, Ouija, Life, Pictionary, Candy Land, video games, flashlight tag, Old Maid, Operation, Pinball and Parcheesi. From romantic, ballet-infused Behind the Scenes

choreography and breathtaking, sky-high aerialists to cheeky, comedic numbers and fierce feminist anthems, the performances exhibited the spectacular skill and spirited dedication of the show’s remarkable cast and crew. “We came together a few short weeks ago as strangers who believed wholeheartedly in this cause,” Wicked actor and Broadway Bares: Game Night performer Jeremy Thompson said. “We left this experience as friends who actively made a difference in each other’s lives and in the lives of so many people we’ll never know.” Get a real 360° look from the audience at Broadway Bares: Game Night with a panoramic video of the Flashlight Tag rehearsal at



o make an unforgettable evening of this magnitude possible, hundreds of individuals in a myriad of roles work behind the scenes. Stage managers, makeup artists, costume and hair designers, projection artists, lighting and sound designers, ushers, ticket takers and more are transforming the dancers and space into a fantasy evening of fun and games. Before showtime, the crew transformed every square inch of Hammerstein Ballroom’s backstage into green rooms and work spaces, with hundreds of focused people completing their tasks in a flurry of organized chaos. “I have never worked a show this large, and I have never worked with an enormous team that has been this kind, generous, genuine and inspiring at every moment,” said Eva Jaunzemis, who worked on the costumes for the Battleship number. One of Broadway Bares’ most generous backstage supporters is presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam. Seventy celebrated M∙A∙C makeup artists dedicate their time and talent each year to creating unique, iconic looks for Broadway Bares. And this year, M∙A∙C’s Sandy Joseph and Janene Machado delivered a $200,000 check on behalf of M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, which aims to support people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.

“What an amazing opportunity and an incredible night,” M∙A∙C makeup artist Alyssa Riggi said. “This is always such a special event every year with incredible energy and a huge sense of family, and I’m so proud of the work we all do together.”

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he incredible efforts of the dancers and backstage crew wouldn’t be possible without the audience. Every ticket purchased, dollar donated to a Stripathon campaign and hour volunteered led to this year’s record-breaking total. And for so many of the people working on the show, the support from the audience and the difference this support makes in the lives of people in need is what the show is all about. “I am humbled by the generosity of so many people and the outpouring of love and encouragement,” dancer Glen Llanes said. “Together we really can make a difference and change people’s lives.” n The presenting sponsor of Broadway Bares is M∙A∙C VIVA Glam. Generous support is also provided by aussieBum, CAA, Devotion Vodka, GS New York, Mark Fisher Fitness, New York Marriott Marquis and United Airlines. See what happens when Broadway Bares heats up Fire Island. Photos and video highlights at

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Broadway Bares: Game Night Players Shatter Records with Stripathon


roadway’s best dancers are known for booking roles and nailing dance moves, but now the performers in this year’s Broadway Bares can add fundraising to their special skills. Thanks to their inspiring efforts, Stripathon, the online fundraiser led by the show’s cast and crew, raised a record-shattering $953,153. This marks the third year in a row that Stripathon was the single largest contributor to the event’s grand total. “I had no idea this was possible or that were were capable of raising this much,” actress and Broadway Bares: Game Night finale performer Lauren Zakrin said. “I am humbled and I am forever thankful.” This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Mark MacKillop, who was dancing in his fifth Broadway Bares show. He raised $45,660, the most ever by a Bares performer. “Broadway Cares was there for me when I needed them most,” MacKillop said. “Broadway Cares supports not only social services in all 50 states, but it also supports The Actors Fund. When I didn’t have insurance and got sick, Broadway Cares connected me with The Actors Fund which helped me through that tough time.” In addition to longtime supporters like MacKillop, half of the Broadway Bares performers were new to the show, invigorating the entire cast and company to step up their Stripathon game. Even past performers and other Broadway Cares supporters not participating in the show joined in the fundraising efforts.


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“This has been such an incredible experience,” Pretty Woman actor and first time Broadway Bares performer Darius Wright said. “I am so grateful to have been part of it, and even more grateful to be part of this community.” n

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Broadway Legends is a series of glass ornaments honoring the legendary musical theatre stars of Broadway. Created exclusively for Broadway Cares by the Christopher Radko Company and artist Glen Hanson, each ornament will add a special luster to your holiday!


Now in its 20th glittering year Holiday revelers bundle up to create a giant snow man in the middle of Times Square in Broadway designer Walt Spangler’s festive new snow globe. The marquees of more than 20 Broadway musicals share the stage, while the holiday classic “Winter Wonderland” plays when wound.




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Fire Island Dance Festival

Despite Stormy Weather, 24th Annual Dance Festival Shines


nce-in-a-lifetime pairings of ballet and contemporary luminaries, three remarkable world premieres, an excerpt of a seminal piece that changed the history of modern dance and unpredictable weather conditions marked the sold-out Fire Island Dance Festival on July 20-22. The 24th edition raised a record-shattering $604,103. The festival’s three premieres were choreographed by Jeffrey Cirio, artistic director of Cirio Collective; James Kinney, an accomplished theatre choreographer; and Jamar Roberts, a celebrated member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sixty-four works have premiered at Fire Island Dance Festival. A forecast for strong evening storms and wind prompted Saturday’s performances to be moved earlier in the day. On Sunday, unexpected pop-up showers forced cancellation of the closing 5 pm performance. However, thanks to the enthusiasm and resilience of Dancers Responding to AIDS’ supporters, the party continued under cover at nearby Whyte Hall with a complimentary cocktail reception. The festival featured nine unique pieces. Tony Award-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon presented Us, a heart-rending and moving duet. Tony Award nominee and former New York City Ballet principal Robert Fairchild teamed up with two-time Emmy Award-winning So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Travis Wall.


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Paul Taylor Dance Company’s newly named artistic director designate Michael Novak performed an excerpt of Taylor’s seminal work Aureole. The piece, which debuted in 1962, changed the face of modern dance. Camille A. Brown & Dancers shared New Second Line, a piece celebrating the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans. The dancers celebrated life through spirit and exuberance, finding joy even in some of life’s darkest moments. Caleb Teicher & Company presented Hullabaloo Today, a fiesty and fresh tribute to the 1960s variety show Hullabaloo, choreographed by Caleb Teicher. Hullabaloo Today premiered at this year's Easter Bonnet Competition. Real-life couple American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Cory Stearns and Devon Teuscher performed Gemma Bond’s

romantic and flowing pas de deux, Depuis le jour. Reflecting the memory of the first blissful moments of falling in love, the pair’s affection was tangible. Engaged couple Michael Francis McBride and Samuel Lee Roberts paid homage to Sammy Davis Jr. and took a departure from their Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater repertoire to perform celebrated theatre choreographer James Kinney’s piece, Birth of the Blues. The Chase Brock Experience presented Splendor we only partially imagined, a kinetic and colorful piece that found joy, delight and wonder in every movement. Jamar Roberts & Dancers premiered Palance, a rapturous number featuring five artists from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Dynamic, bright patchwork costumes, designed by Eric Winterling, matched the bold and rooted energy of the choreography. Cirio Collective premiered Tornerai?, performed by Boston Ballet principal Paul Craig and American Ballet Theatre soloist Blaine Hoven. Sharp angles contrasted fluid motion in the engaging duet. This year’s festival was hosted by the sassy and sensational Nathan Lee Graham, best known for his performances in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Wild Party and The View UpStairs, and for the iconic role of Todd in the Zoolander movies. Josh Prince, choreographer of Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, kicked off the festival on Friday, July 20, with his Broadway Dance Lab, a choreography incubator for theatre artists. He presented Overture of Overtures, a dance quartet set to beloved Broadway overtures. This exclusive performance, sponsored by DIRECTV, was part of the opening event for the festival’s Leadership Supporters. n Fire Island Dance Festival is generously sponsored by DIRECTV, Kikico Property Management, The New York Times, Sayville Ferry, The SHS Foundation, United Airlines and Walter Boss Custom Builder.


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CL A SSIC AL AC TION: performing arts against aids

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Classical Action


Joshua Bell House Concert Honors Charles Hamlen's Legacy


iolin virtuoso Joshua Bell was lost inside the captivating melodies of Johannes Brahms, emotionally hitting

each note with unparalleled passion and precision. He emerged, sweat dripping from his face, after three movements, and was greeted by rapturous applause from a sold-out audience. Holding his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin at his side, Bell reflected on the extraordinary man who launched him on his professional journey as a teenager. “When I first met Charlie Hamlen, I thought, ‘This is the nicest person I’ve ever met,’” Bell said. “He wasn’t in this for the money, he wanted to take my career slowly. He spoke with such wisdom. Going with Charlie as my manager was the best decision I made in my career.” Hamlen, one of classical music’s most celebrated managers and the founder of Classical Action, passed away from leukemia in August. In Hamlen’s honor, Bell performed an intimate house concert for Classical Action on October 1. Gathered in a classic TriBeCa loft, 80 supporters were treated to the special evening just months before Bell performs for more than 2,800 at New York’s Carnegie Hall.


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Joined by acclaimed pianist Sam Haywood, the duo opened the concert with Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100. Bell expressively and masterfully traveled through the three unique movements, ranging musically from gentle and emotional to lyrical and lively.

Bell and Haywood then presented a piece by Clara Schumann, Brahms’ unrequited love. The stirring piece was deeply moving as Bell transitioned between melancholy and upbeat joy. To close out the evening, Bell performed Wieniawski’s vibrant Scherzo Tarantelle. Bell demonstrated his virtuoso status as he moved effortlessly through the technically difficult piece. His inimitable skill and tangible enthusiasm brought the enraptured audience to its feet. Before the concert, Classical Action Director Denise Roberts Hurlin and Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola shared that Hamlen’s legacy will live on through the Hamlen-Palm Series of house concerts. Michael Palm, the original namesake for the series, was a financial expert and philanthropist who dedicated his life to the arts, gay rights and the fight against HIV/AIDS. He first met Hamlen backstage at Carnegie Hall following a recital by pianist Earl Wild, where Palm learned about Classical Action. Palm was inspired by the classical musicians coming together to make a difference, which ultimately inspired the launch of Classical Action’s Michael Palm Series. Palm died in 1998.

Viola met with Hamlen shortly before his death and shared news of the honor with him. “Of all my professional accomplishments, to be remembered in this way means the most to me,” Hamlen said. “It brings all my worlds, all the people I love, together. Michael Palm was a visionary and an extraordinarily generous man whose dedication to the work of Classical Action continues to resonate with each and every house concert we present. To share his name on this series is a deeply personal honor.”

The inaugural Hamlen-Palm Series, launching in early 2019, will feature mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, the Emerson String Quartet and pianist André Watts. The exclusive concerts also will take place in Simon Yates and Kevin Roon’s spectacular TriBeCa loft. “There are no better ways to honor Charlie and his accomplishments than to celebrate his life with three incredible artists,” Viola said. “Charlie was the rare individual who brought equal amounts of insight, dedication and action to his work and a graceful, easy generosity to his friendships and the people he loved. We are honored that Joshua, Denyce, the Emerson String Quartet and André have all agreed to help us launch the new Hamlen-Palm Series as a tribute to such a dear friend of us all.” For Bell and countless others, Hamlen was a beacon of generosity and kindness within the classical music industry. “I wish there were more people like Charlie in the world,” Bell said. “I’m just happy to be able to do this and to remember this man.” PHOTOS Behind the Scenes


You’re invited to a private screening of


Angels Circle

A new documentary about the life of Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally

Angels Get a Special Look at Theatre Legends with Exclusive Screenings


ne benefit of being a member of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Angels Circle is invitations to special evenings. On July 11, Angels were treated to a private screening of Every Act of Life, a documentary about the celebrated life of four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally. McNally was joined onstage by his husband, Tom Kirdahy. McNally spoke passionately afterward in a question-and-answer session about his personal connection to and support of Broadway Cares. The film was introduced by Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham.

At another special screening earlier in the year, Angels experienced the story of legendary writer, director and lyricist Howard Ashman at a private work-in-progress screening of the film Howard. Ashman rose to fame with the smash Off-Broadway hit Little Shop of Horrors, penned with collaborator and songwriting partner Alan Menken.

Every Act of Life traces McNally’s journey from traveling the world as a tutor to John Steinbeck’s children to surviving an infamous Broadway flop at 24 and, ultimately, to writing dozens of groundbreaking works. He helped launch the careers of Tony winners Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello, Audra McDonald and more who are all featured in the film.

Ashman and Menken went on to revolutionize the animation industry with their unforgettable songs and musical approach to storytelling at Disney in films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Ashman passed away from complications from AIDS in 1991. n

Get to Know Broadway Cares’ Network of Young Philanthropists


extGen Advocates is a community of dynamic young professionals who play an important role in building a sustainable foundation for the vital grants that Broadway Cares awards annually. In addition to contributing personally, the group recruits friends and colleagues to support Broadway Cares, and attends events and other fundraising social activities to make a difference in their community. Founded one year ago, the inaugural group exceeded its fundraising goal and is already on its way to another recordbreaking year. To meet these objectives, NextGen members planned and participated in a number of events, including their own Tony Awards viewing party, which was listed by Playbill as one of the top 5 Tonys parties in NYC, the Broadway Run and a themed fall happy hour at theatre district bar Haswell Green's. What started as an idea from Broadway Cares’ Leadership Council as a way to engage young professionals in fundraising is now a thriving community of passionate millennial philanthropists. The NextGen Network is led by a team of 13 advocates who serve as fundraising ambassadors and garner support among their peers. This year’s advocates are Natalie Gershtein, Chris Guimarin, Jordon Hafetz, Alex Hare, Hannah Jack, Chad Kaydo,


Behind the Scenes

Madeleine Rose Parsigian, Craig Sabbatino, Aaron Sanko, Adam Rei Siegel, Michael Smith, Regina Stuzin and Victoria Ungvarsky. NextGen Advocates is always looking for young professionals to join their efforts and their annual giving program for young professionals, the NextGen Network, by making a donation at the $250, $500 or $1,000 level. Gifts can be made on a one-time, quarterly or monthly basis. A list of NextGen Network members and the benefits associated with these giving levels can be found at n

Angels Circle 2017-2018 THE ANGELS CIRCLE

Providing a Sustainable Foundation The following are members of the Angels Circle as of October 1, 2018. 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 life-threatening 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 Red Bucket Follies 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 Sarah Cardillo, senior development officer, at or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.

Executive Producer

House Seat

The Fred Ebb Foundation Harriett D. Kittner Foundation

Sam Altman in memory of Murray Schapiro and Shirley Herz & Jerry Tischman Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan City National Bank The Column Awards Deborah Dakin Scott Dainton William W. Donnell Frank Duff & John Okuloski Tobi & Eugene Faut Vincent Gaeta George & Irina Schaeffer Foundation Philip Hodges & Scott Nevins James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen The Joe & Hellen Darion Foundation, Inc. Larry L. Luing Family Foundation Deirdre & Mark LeMire Paul & Florence Rowe Libin Richard Lin & Evan Zazula Stephanie & Carter McClelland Marty Richards & the Mary Lea Johnson Richard Foundation William Megevick in memory of Larz Anderson Abigail Merrill Stacey Mindich Lin-Manuel Miranda Calvin Mitchell Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Newman’s Own Foundation NJ Center for Pain & Rehabilitation LLC, Jose Rojas Jr. Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Reel Time Video Production: Jonathan Frank and Alex Pearlman

gifts of $100,000 and above


gifts from $50,000 to $99,999

Dwight H. Curry, “Dream Alliance” Mary D. Fisher Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White Secret Villas of Key West The Shubert Organization Brian S. Snyder Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch


gifts from $25,000 to $49,999 Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin 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 William J. Levy Jane Morison The Palette Fund The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, San Francisco Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy Amy Sherman-Palladino Happy Shipley in honor of Tom Viola Hollis Stern The Ted Snowdon Foundation

gifts from $10,000 to $24,999

Ann Reinking Jeffrey Seller 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 $5,000 to $9,999 Liz Armstrong ATPAM - Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers Joe Baker in loving memory of Stuart Thompson The Barrington Foundation Inc. Ben & Jerry’s Times Square Robert Billig & Richard Vida Cabaret For Life Inc. The Carl Jacobs Foundation Cathy Chernoff Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr. David J. Cohen Samantha & Drew Cohen in memory of Richard Salfas Dr. Mitchell A. Combs & Frank C. Druse III Todd Davis The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Doug Eichman & Michael C. Yount James & Anna Fantaci Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow The Fosdick Fund Kenneth R. Fulton Dan Goggin Sherri Goldberg

I. Steven Goldstein & William Popeleski Jr. Jill & Marty Handelsman Robert Hickman Indianapolis Motor Speedway in memory of Florence Henderson George E. Jordan in memory of Michel G. Delhaise Benita & Joe Kaminkow Karma Foundation Michael A. Leppen Tom Lombardi Fran Macferran Clif Mathews & Brian Lurie Mary McColl David R. McShane & The Samantha Fund Keith Miller Marianne McGrath Mills Miriam Schaeffer Family Foundation Jerry Mitchell Ira Mont & Jill Cordle Mont in memory of Annette Mont James L. Nederlander Phyllis Newman in honor of Adolph Green Joseph Obermayer Tony Origlio Stephen Paine The PATH Fund/ Rockers on Broadway Anthony Pisano in memory of Jim Casey Playbill Inc. ® Michael C. Ray Michael Raymond & Andrew Moyer Merle Reskin Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Rose Brand The Ross Foundation Behind the Scenes


Lauren Class Schneider, Broadway Fantasy Camp Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea James L. Simon Steve Sweet Andrew Thaman Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE Woodford Van Meter David Wackman & Jason Rardin Michel Wallerstein Weinberg Family Foundation Peg & Gary Wendlandt Nina & Gary Wexler Russ Woolley Wyncote Foundation Anonymous

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gifts from $2,500 to $4,999 Actors’ Equity Foundation Actors Federal Credit Union Ken Adler in memory of Ellen Adler and in honor of Jon Adler John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Sara M. Allan Richard Ambrose James J. Andrews* Gerald M. Appelstein* David Glenn Armstrong & Jeffrey Miller in memory of Todd Coroliuc Sarah Ashman & Ron Gillespie in honor of Howard Ashman Bob Avian & Peter Pileski Jennifer Balbier 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 David Benaym* Nan & Joe Benincasa Nancy Duggan Benson Elaine D. Berger George L. Bielitz & John Derco Terry & William Biggins Blaine Walter Bobbie & David Frye Tina & Jeffrey Bolton John Bowab Briggs, Inc. Cristina Carlson David Cartee Raul Castro-Cerrato* Deborah & Steven Cavalier CESD Talent Agency


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Stockard Channing Paul & Kelly Cole John Contratti Kenneth E. Cooke Corey Brunish & Jessica Rose Brunish Larry Cosand Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson Michael David & Lauren Mitchell Ken Davies 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 Toni Downey Anthony, Kristina & David Ellenbogen Joe Evall & Richard Lynn Bill Evans & Chuck Fischer in memory of Mike Nichols Robert Evers Peter Farrell* James Fedigan Feinstein’s/54 Below Doug Fiebelkorn & Andrew Hall Kenneth & Caryl Field Kevin Foley-Littell & Stephen Littell Keith L. Fox Sean Free Marianne Ganzer in memory of John Ganzer Richard Gerrig & Timothy Peterson John Paul Geurts & Robert W. Stolt Alma Guimarin Roger Gindi & Gregory Victor Dale Glasser in memory of Steven Glasser Robert D. Gonzales Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner James F. Haag Richard Hester & Michael Mastro Susan & Neal Hirsch Geoffrey Hoefer & Thomas Wei** William S. Hoover, M.D. The Horchow Family Jerome S. Glazer Foundation John L. McHugh Foundation Ilana Kameros Kelly Karavites in memory of my spouse Francis P. King Amy Kaufmann & Ruth Ro Howard Kellman Karen Kellman Kelpie Arts

Karen E. Kennedy in memory of Muriel & Bob Kennedy Mark Koblenz Dr. Ram Koppaka Lillian Kraemer Dawn Landino William Lauch Stephanie Lee/ Group Sales Box Office Dr. Rick & Yaffa Lukash William Ludel & Tracy Cohen Kevin R. Lyle & Renee Chatelain John J. Mackerey 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 Michael Halebian & Co. Inc. Jonathan Mintzer Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola Ruth Neale Judith A. Nelson** in memory of Wayne McCarthy Nora Roberts Foundation Rob O’Neill & Shawn Anderson David Oviedo in memory of Warren Anthony Perkins Michael Paleos Bonnie & Alan Petsche Theresa & Pete Piliero Randall Pinder & Paul Pearson Brad Plunkett Dr. Amit Rakhit & Mr. Brad Senatore Richard E. Rauh Jonathan Rebell & Noah Levine Monica & Greg Reid Stephen Kroll Reidy* Richard F. Walsh/ Alfred W. Di Tolla/ Harold P. Spivak Foundation Warren D. Riffle & Kurt A. Fleagle David Romero & David Greiss Amy Rosenthal Meryl Rosofsky & Stuart H. Coleman* Phil & Dawn Rudolph Bill and Deb Ryan Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield & John Heppenstall Adam Schwab Will Schwalbe & David Cheng

Elliott R. Sernel Joseph Short In memory of Michael Smith Stainmaster in memory of Will Macadam Timothy Stevens & David Czekaj* Katherine Sulenski Matthew D. Tumminello & Dominick J. Marangi Robert Tyrer Joyce Van Patten Tom Viola Carol Waaser Cory Scott Whittier in memory of David Rupert Hewes Jayne A. Williams Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz Jeff Woodman in memory of Melvin Bernhardt 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 Gerry & Hank Alpert* Lee R. Anisman M.D. The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation The Arthur Loeb Foundation Jay Axelrod 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 Ivan M. Bart in memory of Adam Balzano Beech Street Foundation Alan Bell & David Ziff Andrew Berdon* 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 Chuck Blasius in memory of Linda Accardi Casey Blass & Lee Manford Miranda Book & Linda Dingler Dave Boone Ann Marie & Robert Borsdorf

Joan C. Bowman* Loraine Alterman Boyle Don Branford Russell Brent & Nicholas Hodges Priscilla Brewster Susan Brewster J. Arthur Brost Barry Brown & Douglas Cohn, D.V.M. Michael Buchanan Don Buchwald & Associates Melissa Buenaventura James & Debbie Burrows Katherine Burton in honor of Dale Ellen Leff Michelle L. Butler Peter J. Butler Michael-Demby Cain* Robert Callely Steven M. Caplan Esq. Len Cariou & Heather Summerhayes Debra & Kim Carmichael Carleton Carpenter Frank Carucci & David Diamond celebrating our marriage after 35 years of unwedded bliss Ronald Casty Jamie Cesa & Joseph Schmaderer David & Paula Leggett Chase Charles and Margaret Levin Family Foundation Jonah Chasin Sam Cheow* in memory of Gordon Avard Donna & Edward Chernoff Geoff Christiansen Edward M. Coffina Evan Cohen Brad & Kyong Coleman* Frank Conway* Casey Cook & Gary Steinkohl 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 Felipe de Bustamante Christine De Lisle & Ken Klein* Louis J. Denkovic Mark David Desky Charles Deull Alvin Deutsch Kelly Devine Salvatore E. Dirschberger John, Barb & Ginna Doyle The EACH Foundation Thor Eckert The Edgar Foster Daniels

Foundation Maryann Edgecomb Valerie Eigner Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley Steven Elkin Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz Bonnie Pfeifer Evans* Shane Ewen Laura G. Fahsbender Ken Fakler Vicky Feather Richard Ferranti in honor of Mindy Rich Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP Donald M. Filicetti Ken Finkelstein & James Higginbotham Elliot Fishman & Dale Abrams Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Edward & Lori Forstein Sam Fortenbaugh HervĂŠ Foulard & Jonathan Gold* Clay Francis Joan Fraser Steve Frasheur Fraydun Foundation, Inc. Barbara H. Freitag Bart Freudlich & Julianne Moore James B. Freydberg David A. Friedman in memory of my mother Shirley Friedman Merle Frimark in loving memory of Ruth Frimark Pierre Frinault David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Nancy Gallt Derek Danton & Robert Berk Marsi & Eric Gardiner Thomas Garner* David Gaudette & David Maue Bruce & Alice Geismar Barry Gelda in memory of Irene Lucille Bunis The Gelfand Family Foundation Thomas Gentile Amy Gewirtz John R. Gibson Sue Gilad Joanna Gleason & Chris Sarandon Gleiberman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Jan and Steven Golann Barbara Golden Dr. Stan Golden Dr. Guido Goldman* Sam Gonzalez Stefanie M. Gorman Barbara Gottlieb Ann & Eddie Graf

Dane Grams Nancy Kellogg Gray in honor of Danny Whitman Mike Greenly Howard Grossman, M.D. Barry & Maggie Grove Marc J. Gurell Edward E. Hale Jr. Alan Hall & Ruth E. Rinklin Diann Hall in memory of John Rainwater John Halpin in honor of the Leadership Council Brian Hamel Mr. & Mrs. S. Matthews V. Hamilton Jr. Thomas Hamlin David G. Hanna* Jane Hanson Alexandra Harper Carrie Anne K. Harrell Michael P. Harrell Jennifer Hatch & Sue Smith Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Michael & Jean Hearne* Joseph R. Heller, Ph.D. & Frank Ptak, II in memory of Michael Simmons-DeFord Dena Henry Joy Henshel Highlight NY LLC* The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation Karen Hoefer Phil Hoefer Jim Hoelz & William Welsh Craig J. Horsley 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 Tracy Jamar in memory Monty Silver Keith & Patti James Janis & Alan Menken Charity Fund 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 Nicole A. Jussen Peter Kaczorowski

Chad Kaydo Jodi, Jim, Matthew & Allison Kaye Karin & Greg Kayne Thomas Kazmierczak & Ted Blankenship Gail Kee & Javade Chaudhri James Kelliher Samantha S. Kennedy Jeffrey Kent Alan Klein & Jeffrey Erb* F. Gary Knapp Ron Kollen Konigsberg Family Fund Alix Korey & Randy Hansen Raquel & Tomislav Kostadinov Hilda Kraker* Nancy Kronheim John Kuehn & Elaine Crowley Robert J. Kunikoff Michael Kuzma LaFountaine Family Foundation* Nathan Lane in memory of Stanley DeSantis Angela Lansbury Jay Laudato & Thomas Watson Law Offices of Kimberly A. Smith Scott Lazarus & Julie Farmer 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 Bjorn Liencres Rosalind Lippel* Diane Lippert Stuart Lippner Kris Lockley Michael Lombard The Lovito Family Arwen Lowbridge & Michael Lane Dr. Rick & Yaffa Lukash Steve Lukens Mark & William Macatee Maidstone Productions in memory of Ted Tulchin Scott Mallalieu & Nat Fuchs Barbara Manocherian Jesse Manocherian The Marcy & Alan S. Honig Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Margolies Team at Compass Real Estate Thomas Marino MASIE Productions Scott & Harriet Mauro Jo Mayer Joe McCaddon

Behind the Scenes


Elizabeth I. McCann Eric McGahhey Kati Meister Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad in honor of Judy Dove & Frank Conway Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov Allen T. Mercer MeritDirect, LLC Mr. & Mrs. E. Van R. Milbury Marilyn Miller in memory of Trygve F. Wasbotten Michael J. Zamkow and Sue E. Berman Charitable Foundation Michael Mills & Mark McGrath Mirador Real Estate Andrea Mitchell Kathleen Moloney Joey Monda Debra Monk Arthur H. Moore Oscar E. Moore William Moore William Morey Javier Morgado in memory of Eddie Sweetnam Sally Campbell Morse Elizabeth Morton in memory of Elizabeth Wilson Jason & Debbie Moss Gene Murray Eric Nelson Joseph A. Neese in memory of Virginia McFarlane & Rodger McFarlane Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins* Nicholas C. & Allison M. Moore Fund Albert Nocciolino Steven Noss Dr. Sharon Novak David O’Brien Mark Olander & Nancy Farwell Christopher Oram John K. Orberg Lisa Orberg Janice Oresman Samantha Orleans & Kevin Hansley Outer Critics Circle on behalf of the songwriting team of SpongeBob SquarePants Ron Painter Dominic Paolillo & Itai Shamir Philip Paroian Gregg Passin David Pedemonti Ralph L. Pellecchio & James C. Wernz, M.D. Charles A. Pellicane


Behind the Scenes

Michelle M. Peters Donald R. Pickens Erik Piecuch & Alex Wright* Gloria Piraino Rose Polidoro Michael & Jo-Ann Price Sarah Prinsloo & Dean Rosow Frances Pu Ronald J. Rafay Anthony Ramos Steven Rank Melissa Rauch David Reich & Keith Marran Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas* Edward H. Richard & Warren P. Kendrick Michael Risinger Ed Roberts & Elaine Krauss Jonathan Rock & Patrick DelaCruz Larry Rogowsky Moe & Jack Rouse Paul Russell & Beryl Raff Albert Russo* Susie Sainsbury Wynn J. Salisch Riccardo Salmona & Bill Doyle* Amelia Salzman & Randal Milch Wendy B. Samuel Aaron Sanko: The Cruxory Group Eddie Sarfaty & Court Stroud Megan M. Savage Gloria Schallop Carolyn Schiff & Noah Millman S. Fred Schiffman Jack Schlegel* Michael Schober & Don Harrison Susan & Clark Schubach Jennifer Scott John Eric Sebesta & William Tomai Debra & Michael Segal Barbara & Bob Shelley in memory of Larz Anderson Kenneth G. Shelley Jayne Baron Sherman Andrew Shore in memory of Larz Anderson Richard Siegmeister David Siewers Lisa Simmons Ed Simonelli & Hernando Cortez Jr* Charles B. Slutzky Iris Smith Michael Smith Michael J. Smith Society of American Fight Directors James Spiegelhoff Susan Strauss

Eric Stine Meryl Streep & Don Gummer Brian Strumwasser Stuart S. Applebaum Giving Foundation in memory of Mr. Vincent Zito Flody Suarez Christopher Swope & John Flippen Synergist Consulting LLC in honor of Charlotte St. Martin Rod Tailford & Mark Flickinger Dan & Lynn Tarrence Peter M. Taub Hal Tepfer John Henry Thomas III Henry Tisch Lila & George Todd Tim Tompkins Elizabeth V. Toperzer Stephen & Valerie Toups Jeffrey Trachtman Tracy Ann Dulworth Fund of The Dallas Foundation 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 Beth Van Schaack, Stanford Law School, in honor of Tripp Zanetis A. J. Vincent & Michael Eidelman Richard & Debra Voller Marcie Vort Suzyn Waldman Adam Wallace Tom & Connie Walsh Alice Wang Arthur E. Webster, Esq. Wayne Wei Ira M. Weitzman John F. Welch Lucille Werlinich Mr. and Mrs. Cortright Wetherill Jr. 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 Channing Wickham

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Wiggers in memory of T. Thorne Wiggers Miles Wilkin Margo Wintersteen Sarah Wolff & Joel Handelman John Wuertz & Abzal Ayubeally 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 George Zuber & Anthony Snyder Charitable Fund at Our Fund Inc. Zufall Family Foundation* Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (9) *Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle **Indicates members of the Broadway Cares and DRA Angels Circle As of October 1, 2018

5 Questions The success of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS comes not only from those making personal financial contributions, but also those who so graciously offer their time and talents to make a difference. We asked three of those shining lights to share their stories. How did you first get involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS? ESI SOGAH: My friend Maggie Oberrender

was a volunteer and she invited me to an orientation session in 2013. I never looked back!

JUSTIN WIRICK: I first learned about Broadway

Cares back in 2010 when I joined the tour of Wicked. Everyone in the company was so passionate and enthusiastic about the cause. After my first night collecting in the lobby as a flying monkey, I was hooked. SHARIKA NILES: I was introduced to Broadway

Cares as a stage manager for Porgy and Bess on Broadway. I organized the signing of Playbills and posters, as well as counted donations from our audience appeals. What motivates you to work with Broadway Cares? ESI: I go to a lot of theatre and had seen

the red buckets for years. I was excited to become a part of the team. As I learn more about the many causes Broadway Cares supports, I’ve become even more committed. JUSTIN: I’ve been touring with Wicked for

more than eight years. I enjoy organizing and coordinating our company to make the most out of our fundraising efforts. It definitely motivates and inspires me to have everyone look to me as their leader. SHARIKA: The community aspect draws me

in completely. I have benefited personally from services that Broadway Cares supports at The Actors Fund.

What is your favorite memory of making a difference through Broadway Cares? ESI: At every appeal, I always have an interaction

with an audience member who shares a story of a hardship they’ve faced and expresses gratitude for the work being supported. Having the immediate feedback that what we’re doing matters is the best feeling in the world. JUSTIN: A couple times a year, we’ll team up with

a local organization Broadway Cares supports to produce a benefit concert. It’s a great opportunity for the cast and crew to step outside of our usual roles in Wicked. My favorite memory is selling out 1,000 seats at the Ferst Center in Atlanta with a special guest performance by Jennifer Holliday.

Esi Sogah

Broadway Cares Volunteer

SHARIKA: My favorite memory was during the

audience appeals for The Color Purple. We donated a portion of what we raised to an organization called P.A.L., which works to bridge the gap between the NYPD and youth in NYC. As a member of the theatre community, why is it important to you to give back? I’ve seen first-hand how this community can come together to help one of its own. Broadway Cares gives us a chance to take that energy and share it with anyone who needs it. ESI:


feel so lucky to be a part of this community and get to do what I love. I feel it is my duty as a human being to do what I can for people in need. Also, it’s important to me that we continue this legacy and pass it on to the generations to come. SHARIKA: What

I love the most about theatre is the ensemble element of making things happen. It’s important to work together, share and give back to those who are less fortunate.

Justin Wirick Actor at Wicked Munchkinland tour

Describe Broadway Cares in three words. ESI: Love,

compassion, dedication courageous, legacy SHARIKA: Kind, professional, resilient JUSTIN: Hope,

Sharika Niles

Stage manager at Broadway’s The Play That Goes Wrong

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