STEPPING INTO THE LIGHT
Theater community embraces reopening, rejuvenation and renewal MARCH - OCTOBER 2021 Behind the Scenes
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends,
Behind the Scenes is published by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
As the streets of New York’s Theater District begin to fill again with tourists, artists and audiences, it’s important to look back at what we’ve lost and missed so much during the 18-month shutdown for much of our industry. But what are we looking forward to?
email@example.com Tom Viola, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lane Beauchamp, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Larry Cook, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Valerie Lau-Kee, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS Robert E. Wankel, PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Schele Williams, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Tom Kiradhy,THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY Paul Libin, PRESIDENT EMERITUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ted Arthur Cornelius Baker Scott Barnes Joseph Benincasa David Binder Chris Boneau Barry Brown Kate Burton Lisa Dawn Cave Kathleen Chalfant Sherry Cohen Gavin Creel Alan Cumming Maria Di Dia Linda Duncombe Mandy Gonzalez Amanda Green Tom Harris Richard Hester Richard Jay-Alexander Beverly Jenkins Cherry Jones Frances Jue Adam Krauthamer
Nathan Lane Peter Lawrence Joe Machota Kimberly Marable Kevin McCollum Kenneth McGee Jerry Mitchell Brian Moreland Javier Muñoz John Eric Parker Bernadette Peters Billy Porter Lauren Reid Chita Rivera Jordan Roth Nick Scandalios Robert Score Mark Shacket Kate Shindle Charlotte St. Martin David Stone Tom Viola (ex-officio) Channing Wickham
BEHIND THE SCENES Editors Tom Viola, Lane Beauchamp
Maybe you’re looking forward to the house lights dimming and those first notes of a familiar overture. Or perhaps it’s watching creativity and skill explode from the stage in a big production number. Or, maybe, it’s sharing a hearty laugh with an audience of friends, family and strangers. For me, it was gathering October 3 for the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. That day marked our first in-person event since December 2019 and, hopefully, signals a renewed and rejuvenated future. That’s why those inspiring fans grace the cover of this edition of Behind the Scenes, providing a bookend to our spring issue, which chronicled the first year of the pandemic. In this issue, you’ll read about the spectacular artistry shared over the last six months in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the reimagined virtual events produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares were the first virtual Broadway Backwards, an all-new streaming edition of Broadway Bares, the first Red Bucket Match-Up and an unprecedented third edition of RWQuarantunes, the celebrity-filled online house party. Broadway Cares supporters again shined brightly, fueling an extraordinary $7.7 million to The Actors Fund and $4.98 million in grants to 425 other social services agencies across the country. Broadway may have been dark, but you helped keep the lights on for organizations providing meals, medication and emergency assistance to the most vulnerable. What am I most looking forward to now? The opportunity to relish our shared humanity. As theaters across the country open their doors, we can once again acknowledge our industry’s power to change lives, both onstage and off. With hope, enthusiasm, caution and love,
Tom Viola Executive Director
New Members Bring Diverse Voices to Board of Trustees
Layout & Design Jenny Garcia Writers Mo Brady, Michael Fatica, Nick Mayo, Susan Slotoroff Contributors Sarah Cardillo, Gary Damiano, Knox Martin Photographers
Alex J Berliner, Lauren Bishop, Mo Brady, Joann Coates, Rebecca Michelson, Christian Oth, Peter Pavlakis, Allison Stock, Nina Westervelt, Lee Wexler, Jan Versweyveld,
Cover photo by Rebecca Michelson
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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS added seven new members to its Board of Trustees in October. Spanning the Broadway industry in their work onstage and behind the scenes, their presence on the board will be a tremendous additional asset to Broadway Cares’ ongoing fundraising and grant-making endeavors. The new class of board members features music director Ted Arthur, City National Bank Executive Vice President Linda Duncombe, actor and author Mandy Gonzalez, lyricist/composer Amanda Green, Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris, stage manager Kenneth J. McGee and actor John Eric Parker. “Building on the new trustees added last year, Broadway Cares and this board remains committed to bringing new voices to the table who will play an integral role in the organization’s and our industry’s future,” said Robert E. Wankel, president of the Board of Trustees and chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization. These seven joined six dynamic trustees added in 2020: musician and union leader Adam Krauthamer, actor and nonprofit leader Kimberly Marable, producer Brian Moreland, actor and activist Javier Muñoz, actor Billy Porter and director Schele Williams. Additionally, two board members this year joined the Executive Committee as officers. Williams steps into the position of second vice president and Tom Kiradhy takes on the role of third vice president.
“Where does all that money go?”
The Actors Fund COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
Every Artist Insured Services
The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts
Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative
Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)
Addiction and Recovery Services
The Career Center
The Dancers’ Resource
The Stage Managers’ Project
Looking Ahead – The Paul Libin Center
Miscellaneous Special event sponsorship, memorial donations
The Actors Fund Total
National Grants Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 131 organizations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Local AIDS Service Organizations 317 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
Emergency Grants for Pandemic Relief
Supplemental Grants and Shared Support
Theater Organizations Social Service Grants
National Grants Total
International Grants South Africa organizations in honor of The Lion King
International Grants Total
2021 Grant-making Total
BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
MISSION STATEMENT Approved by the Board of Trustees on May 27, 2010
• T o 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; • 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.
Where Does All That Money Go?
Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
10 Broadway Backwards 11 Broadway Bares 12 The Actors Fund 14 National Food Grants 15 Theater Community Grants 16 National Grants 18 Corporate Partners 20 Angels Circle 27 5 Questions
A HISTORY OF GRANT-MAKING
The Actors Fund National & Int’l Total
1987-1992 Equity Fights AIDS 1987-1992 Broadway Cares
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 2019 2020 2021 * unaudited
Grant-making Total 1988-2021 Behind the Scenes
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
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 5,898,000 6,186,000 11,225,000 7,777,500
$ 1,067,000 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
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 7,787,258 8,628,199 7,019,015 7,202,952
$ 2,775,250 $ 1,067,000
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
1,405,780 2,838,119 2,434,404 2,498,916 3,410,549 3,589,700 4,182,819 5,739,841 5,988,902 6,068,265 5,421,679 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 13,685,258 14,814,199 18,244,015 14,980,452
$ 120,452,136 $ 134,126,291 $ 254,578,427
Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
After a Year Away, Fans Return to NYC’s Theater District and Shubert Alley
canning the unique items covering the Hamilton table at this fall’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, Dan Goldsmith made a donation for two posters and a prop note signed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He stepped back from the table to begin packing away his finds when he realized that another attendee had accidentally walked away with his prop note. Seeking to make it up to Goldsmith, a Hamilton stage manager sifted through other signed items and discovered something unexpected: a one-of-a-kind Thomas Jefferson prop note that had been cut from the show prior to opening night. It also was signed by Miranda. “I can’t imagine finding something like this anywhere else in the world,” said Goldsmith, who came to the flea market from Columbia, Maryland. “I’m thrilled to have supported Broadway Cares while also taking home a unique piece of Hamilton history.”
Goldsmith and thousands of other theater lovers gleefully filled the streets of New York City’s famed Theater District on Sunday, October 3, for the 35th edition of the beloved community celebration. The day raised a remarkable $753,321. It was the first in-person event produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS since the beginning of the pandemic. After an onlineonly version of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in 2020, the 2021 edition roared back to life with 36 tables filled with collectible keepsakes, 144 record-breaking silent auction lots of unique memorabilia, 54 live auction experiences and treasures, plus private video chats with a dozen of Broadway’s brightest stars. Rebecca Hyatt traveled from Orlando, Florida, to celebrate the reopening of live theater by visiting the Broadway Flea Market and taking in a trio of shows. After finding an original Rent manuscript for her “Rent Shrine,” she said: “It’s hard to even put into words how important it is for theaters to reopen. Broadway coming back is about being able to see and do what makes the world better.”
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The fans who hunted for unique theatrical treasures raised $281,692 at tables representing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, theater owners and producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs. Among the shows represented with merchandise at flea market tables were Aladdin, American Utopia, Beetlejuice, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Freestyle Love Supreme, Frozen, Hadestown, Hamilton, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Waitress and Wicked. Chase Owen, a fan from Akron, Ohio, snagged a Beetlejuice lobby sign at the show’s table, as well as two holiday Playbills signed by the show’s cast. “After the year we’ve had, this feels like we’re finally getting back to normalcy,” Owen said. “It’s magical, actually.” Broadway favorites Todd Buonopane and Jennifer Cody co-hosted the silent auction throughout the day in Shubert Alley, raising a record-breaking $183,579, blowing past the previous record of $128,452 set in 2019. Jacob Parsily, visiting the city from Marlboro, New Jersey, won at the silent auction a Wonderful Town prop signed by Brooke Shields. “Getting to see everyone that we haven’t seen in a year and a half is the best thing about Broadway’s return,” Parsley said. “What more could you ask for than getting to be back in New York doing what we love?”
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Among the most popular items auctioned by Buonopane and Cody were a typewriter used by Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy from Hanks’ personal collection and a “Defying Gravity” musical phrase handwritten and signed by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz.
TOP 10 TABLES ATPAM ........................................................ $42,147
The day concluded in the Times Square pedestrian plaza with the live auction, which raised an impressive $288,050. This year’s live auction was led by auctioneer Will Roland and host Sky LakotaLynch, both alums of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.
Hamilton and Freestyle Love Supreme .......... $17,385
The most popular live auction lot of the day was lighting designer Jules Fisher’s 1973 Tony Award and Nomination Certificate for Pippin, closely followed by a virtual meet and greet with Patti LuPone accompanied by VIP tickets to the Broadway revival of Company and a VIP experience with The Shubert Organization that included a private, guided tour of The Shubert Archive.
United Scenic Artists ................................. $13,493
“We have so much to be thankful for today,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola told the masked and vaccinated audience at the live auction. “We celebrate taking care of each other. We celebrate science. We celebrate vaccinations. And we celebrate making sure all of us can participate in these events for the good of public health. The generosity from all in our theatrical community those onstage, backstage and in the audience - shined brightly today and will make a lifesaving difference tomorrow for those needing a supportive shoulder or helping hand.”
Hadestown ................................................... $16,378 TDF’s Pik-a-Tkt ......................................... $15,900 The Shubert Organization and Telecharge $14,372 Beetlejuice................................................... $11,336 Wicked and Broadway Green Alliance .......... $11,323 Squigs’ The Lights of Broadway
Moulin Rouge! The Musical ............................. $9,153
The 35 editions of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have collectively raised $16.5 million.
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was supported by Broadway Cares corporate partner The New York Times.
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Performances, Conversations and Competitive Fundraisers Shine Online
s an organization that thrives on live, in-person events, the pandemic and industry-wide shutdown forced Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to rethink and retool its fundraising initiatives to ensure that much-needed grant-making would continue reaching those in need. Through original online performances, streaming past events with new perspectives, captivating conversations among entertainment leaders and even a friendly but fierce fundraising competition, Broadway Cares’ supporters continued their tradition of responding with generosity. Among the most celebrated was the first-ever Red Bucket MatchUp, a spirited two-week competition among six of Broadway and Hollywood’s most charitable stars. Jason Alexander, Jordan Fisher, Kathryn Gallagher, Eric McCormack, Aaron Tveit and Jenna Ushkowitz led the online effort and raised $1,919,254 for Broadway Cares’ annual National Grants Program. Each of the stars took to their social media channels in April to ask for contributions to their virtual red buckets, the iconic symbol of Broadway Cares’ fundraising efforts. From live Instagram broadcasts to impromptu musical performances, the six ambassadors courted their fans and followers to help them raise more donations than the other team leaders.
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Tveit landed in the top spot, raising $174,125 in donations to Broadway Cares. He was closely followed by McCormack, who raised $159,250. Alexander, Fisher, Gallagher and Ushkowitz impressively each raised more than $100,000. Every donation to the Red Bucket Match-Up was generously matched by Gilead Sciences, which made a $1 million donation to the campaign. A steamy stream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway provided a nostalgic evening of song and conversation with the stars of All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. The stream included performances from the archives of ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares, an annual benefit concert that ran from 20052011. Cameron Mathison hosted the original in-person events and returned for the stream February 11. New conversations included daytime icons Susan Lucci, Bobbie Eakes, Anthony Geary and many more. The presentation raised a stellar $130,565. NextGen Advocates, a group of young professionals committed to supporting the work of Broadway Cares, presented September’s NextGen Spotlight, a virtual concert featuring actor Jelani Remy and inspired by his successful path to Broadway. The year also featured virtual benefit presentations of Three Hotels starring Bobby Cannavale and Marisa Tomei and directed by Moisés
Kaufman; Gutenberg! The Musical with Alex Prakken and Bobby Conte Thornton; and Luke Yankee’s Marilyn, Mom and Me. Online premieres included Anjou, directed and filmed by Roberto Araujo; Haley at Therapy, a new musical by Josh Canfield; and a concert version of the developmental work Cursed. Inspired by the hit television show, Broadway’s Masked Singer premiered in April with eight of Broadway’s favorite voices competing anonymously in head-to-toe costumes. The benefit was produced and hosted by Dylan Bustamante and Michael Hull. The Hamlen-Palm Series, a collection of intimate house concerts that traditionally feature celebrated artists and musicians, was transformed into three engaging online Classical Conversations. The series featured composers Jake Heggie and Nico Muhly chatting with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinist Leila Josefowicz and composer John Adams with Carnegie Hall’s Abhijit Sengupta; and classical pianist Emanual Ax and jazz musician Fred Hersch with arts presenter Ken Fischer. Grant-making was also made possible thanks to the second annual Broadway Cares Virtual 5K and runners participating in the iconic New York City Marathon. Online auctions with Donna Lynne Champlin of TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Apple TV+’s Central Park and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation in partnership with Christie’s and CharityBuzz helped to provide additional support throughout the summer and fall.
Broadway Luminaries Celebrate First Anniversary of RWQuarantunes
hree dozen of the best from Broadway and the entertainment industry saluted the one-year anniversary of RWQuarantunes, a pandemic-inspired series of invite-only online concerts, by coming together April 11 for a five-hour celebration of Broadway. RWQuarantunes’ creators and hosts Richard Weitz and Demi Weitz streamed live from the bare stage of Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney’s Aladdin. Richard Weitz is a partner at the global entertainment agency WME; Demi was a high school senior whose 17th birthday in 2020 sparked the idea for the online concerts. Demi is now in her freshman year at Stanford University. The stream marked RWQuarantunes third time to support Broadway Cares. In the first collaboration on June 27, 2020, the show raised $867,767. A second edition on October 18, 2020, raised $1,238,273. This third installment hit $1,309,970. In all, RWQuarantunes raised $3.4 million for Broadway Cares. For the third installment, more than 800 virtual attendees witnessed once-in-lifetime appearances by Broadway stalwarts. The original Dreamgirls - Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph - reunited for a conversation about the musical’s 40th anniversary and thrilling impromptu performances.
Kristin Chenoweth surprised Richard with a duet of her and Demi singing “For Good” from Wicked in honor of his birthday. Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy from The Wiz, gave an emotional performance of the show’s finale, “Home.” Heather Headley, Broadway’s original Nala, wowed with her interpretation of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King. Robert Cuccioli reprised his role from Jekyll & Hyde to sing “This is the Moment.” James Monroe Iglehart delighted with his show-stopping rendition of Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me.” Executive Director Tom Viola told the virtual crowd: “RWQuarantunes has enabled Broadway Cares to do much more than we ever imagined we could when the pandemic forced Broadway and the theater industry to shut down. Richard and Demi stepped forward as unexpected champions and allowed us to reach out to tens of thousands of people in the industry and millions more across the country. They will be a part of the Broadway Cares family forever.” Behind the Scenes
Online Edition Delivers Hopeful Message Amid Pandemic Angst
virtual edition of Broadway Backwards provided an emotional and exuberant evening of musical theater performances as it explored how an isolated New Yorker faced the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately found hope.
Colella conjures up memorable numbers from previous Broadway Backwards including performances by Tituss Burgess, Len Cariou, Darren Criss, Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Tony Yazbeck and dozens more.
The unprecedented stream, which included new performances blended with favorite onstage numbers from the past, raised a record $749,555 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The total surpasses the previous record of $704,491, raised in 2019 at the last in-person edition of Broadway Backwards.
The show concludes with a star-studded version of “You Will Be Found,” also from Dear Evan Hansen. Through the journey, Colella helps Billy let go of the sadness his isolation has brought upon and to be “unapologetically, proudly you.”
The online event debuted March 30 and streamed for four days. It was produced by Broadway Cares. The stream opened in a wintry, pandemic-riddled New York City as Billy, played by Jay Armstrong Johnson, makes his way home. He’s followed on his commute by visions of Stephanie J. Block, Deborah Cox and Lea Salonga performing a present-day version of Dear Evan Hansen’s “Waving Through a Window.” As he asks the divas in his mind, “Is anybody waving back at me?,” Billy distracts himself from his loneliness with wine, prescription medication and an imaginary late-night television show called Up All Night with Colella. Hosted by Jenn Colella, Up All Night with Colella guides the theater-loving Billy through a deep dive of show tunes. PHOTOS & VIDEO
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Creator Robert Bartley returned as writer and director for this virtual version. He was joined by Mary-Mitchell Campbell as music supervisor, Ted Arthur as music director and Eamon Foley as director of photography and video editor. Joshua Buscher-West was associate director, Nick Connors as orchestrator, Benedict Braxton-Smith as music producer and audio engineer, Matt Kraus as sound designer, Tyler Milliron as VFX Designer, Samantha Rodriguez as costume designer and Larry Smiglewski as stage manager, with special thanks to Chad Eric Murnane, CSA, and Mark Brandon, CSA, at Binder Casting. The presenting sponsor of this year’s Broadway Backwards was Morgan Stanley. The event also was generously sponsored by The New York Times and WarnerMedia. The co-chairs of the Broadway Backwards host committee were Marc Levine, Doug Nieters, Stephen Paine and Jeffrey Trachtman.
Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home Uncovers Fantasies and Newfound Pride
fter more than a year of being homebound and Zoomed out, Broadway Bares turned its signature blend of dance and striptease into all-new cinematically filmed mini-movies for a unique online premiere June 20. Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home gave audiences a more up close and intimate Bares than ever before. The show, directed by Tony Award winner and Bares creator Jerry Mitchell, featured original numbers that opened the doors for 170 dancers to uncover fantasies and discover confidence in the wake of being stuck at home for so long. “Broadway Bares is the one night we come together to celebrate dance, our bodies and, most importantly, helping those in need,” Moulin Rouge! The Musical’s Robyn Hurder told the online audience. “The premiere of Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home ensures that folks struggling in this pandemic can see a doctor, get medication or receive the support they need to thrive.” Fourteen concept videos put a tantalizing twist on being stuck at home, from lusting after your virtual trainer to a pants-optional video conference call. The show featured choreography by co-directors Laya Barak and Nick Kenkel, as well as John Alix, Al Blackstone, Frank Boccia, Karla Puno Garcia, Jonathan Lee, Ray Mercer, Dylan Pearce, PHOTOS & VIDEO
Jenn Rose, Luis Salgado, Michael Lee Scott, Gabriella Sorrentino, Kellen Stancil, Rickey Tripp and James Alonzo White. The celebratory finale, filmed outside in the heart of Times Square, was directed by Mitchell. Bursting out of lockdown, vaccinated performers danced past Broadway show posters along the streets of Midtown Manhattan. They were greeted at the iconic red steps of Times Square’s TKTS Booth by a dozen scantily clad beauties in balloon costumes and then more than 80 Bares dancers. The stream, which raised $349,434 for Broadway Cares, then launched the show’s annual Stripathon online fundraiser. Nearly 200 Bares dancers, alumni and behind-the-scenes supporters raised $421,581 in the campaign, bringing the final Twerk from Home total to a remarkable $771,015. This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Mark MacKillop, who raised $34,275, followed by Steve Bratton with $25,912, Katie Thrasher with $16,449, Josh Cotham with $14,126 and Ricky Schroeder, rounding out the top five, with $13,305. “Every dollar donated helped those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses receive healthy meals, lifesaving medication and more,” Mitchell said. “As we look toward better and brighter days ahead for everyone, I’m so glad that everyone chose to twerk from home with us.”
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The Actors Fund “This joyous return is so deserved. I am cheering you on, celebrating you through it all. Simultaneously, I have been bulldozed by a tidal wave of grief that I am not one of those people right now.” -Lauren Zakrin
Leaving No Community Member Behind in the Wake of the Pandemic ctor Lauren Zakrin opened her heart on social media, laying bare the vulnerability and realities of the current moment for many in the theater community.
“People are returning to their precious, deeply missed jobs,” Zakrin wrote in a post on Instagram. “This joyous return is so deserved. I am cheering you on, celebrating you through it all. Simultaneously, I have been bulldozed by a tidal wave of grief that I am not one of those people right now.” For countless more, the stress and mental weight of the pandemic, the isolation and separation from loved ones and 20 months or more without work has created a mental health crisis. One that The Actors Fund is well-positioned to help address with its team of social workers and network of support services. In keeping with its commitment to ensure those services remain available for all, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS this year awarded The Actors Fund $7,777,500 to help everyone in entertainment and the performing arts.
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Just since the pandemic started, Broadway Cares has given the Fund a record $18.95 million to help those in the industry. “The last year has exposed how vulnerable people in our community are,” Actors Fund CEO Joe Benincasa said. “Thousands of hardworking performing arts and entertainment professionals - performers and those behind the scenes - have been helped through the pandemic because of Broadway Cares’ record-breaking support of our programs. It is nothing short of miraculous.” With theaters reopening and audiences beginning to return, there are glimpses of post-pandemic life on the horizon. Yet the impact COVID-19 has had on the theater industry will be felt for years to come. “We couldn’t have gotten through the 20 months of this pandemic so far without the overwhelming support of those inside and around the theater industry,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. “Theater fans and industry professionals alike rallied around this community like we could never have expected, helping to provide the resources to keep folks
in this greatly impacted industry afloat. The need, though, continues.” An Actors Fund survey of entertainment professionals earlier this year found a stunning 79% of those asked having increased feelings of anxiety or depression, symptoms of stress and a decreased ability to cope with economic uncertainty. To address personal crises like these, The Actors Fund expanded its virtual platform to address emerging issues and concerns of the community, including an expanded emphasis on mental health. With workshops focusing on how to return to a “new normal,” The Actors Fund offers individual counseling to aid in dealing with both immediate and chronic stress and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. These clinical and fact-based support groups, as well as individual therapy sessions, are available to re-center folks affected by isolation and living in uncertainty. Of course, the impact of COVID-19 reaches far beyond the mental health crises. Since the beginning of the pandemic and the ensuing industry shutdown, tens of thousands in the community have faced daily challenges of getting groceries, keeping a roof over their heads and maintaining their health. Just days after theaters went dark in March 2020, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS launched the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. Administered by The Actors Fund, the fund provides hope and assistance to those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes who face insurmountable hurdles, like paying their rent or retaining their health insurance. Yesenia Ayala was living her dream, playing Anita in West Side Story on Broadway. After dancing in the ensemble of the national tour, a European tour and in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature film, she had finally taken center stage in this dream role at the Broadway Theatre. In March 2020, Ayala went from Broadway star to unemployed performer in the blink of an eye, one of tens of thousands of theater workers whose livelihoods were taken from them when theaters shut down. And in the months since, many of those working at the industry’s highest level before the COVID-19 pandemic have now lost their health insurance. “Qualifying for insurance is based on work weeks, but there has been no work,” Ayala said. “And COBRA payments for me are around $900 a month.” With West Side Story not among the shows returning to Broadway, Ayala’s ability to qualify for health insurance eligibility was in jeopardy. To meet this kind of need, Broadway Cares funded the creation of Every Artist Insured, an effort that’s part of The Actors Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, also called AHIRC. AHIRC provides counseling and health insurance enrollment assistance, helping to identify coverage options for affected members of the performing arts community.
A $1 million lead gift from Broadway Cares for Every Artist Insured meant AHIRC could double its staff to expand its free and confidential health insurance counseling and enrollment support services. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway Cares’ support of The Actors Fund has also funded services to marginalized members of the community. Support groups have been put in place for Black and non-Black people of color to find peer support and guided restorative dialogue about experiences of racial injustice, discrimination and bias in the workplace. Groups unique to Black women, Asian and Pacific Islanders and folks whose gender identity exists outside of the binary have also been put in place. “The community of donors that surrounds us is truly incredible,” Viola said. “They have allowed us to support The Actors Fund to address every kind of need facing arts workers that this pandemic is leaving in its wake.” It’s a message that Zakrin embodies. “I am opening my heart to let you know you’re not alone,” she shared. “You can celebrate the return of ‘Broadway’ & support your friends & loved ones whose feet are dancing on a stage again & still hold space for mourning, for grief, for fear. You are still an artist. You are worthy. You are valued. You are not alone.”
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Supporting the Safety Net of Services
COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
Addiction and Recovery Services
Helping entertainment professionals meet coronavirusrelated expenses and other health and financial challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Helping entertainment professionals and their families cope with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction through intensive case management that addresses addiction and its causes.
2021 grant: $3,000,000
2021 grant: $400,000
Every Artist Insured
The Career Center
Expanding The Actors Fund’s free and confidential health insurance counseling and enrollment support services, which began with a $1 million lead gift in 2020 from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
2021 grant: $500,000
HIV/AIDS Initiative Helping men and women in the industry living with HIV/AIDS create confidential, holistic support systems that address emotional, medical and financial needs over the long term.
2021 grant: $1,000,000
The Friedman Health Center Offering primary and specialty care, expedited referrals and extended hours, designed with the industry’s busy and often atypical schedules in mind.
2021 grant: $1,000,000
Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative Providing a safety net for women who are coping with critical health concerns, creating a place where artists get help and advice without fear and stigma.
2021 grant: $750,000
Artists Health Insurance Resource Center Working with individuals, unions and local performing arts organizations to connect entertainment industry workers to health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.
2021 grant: $500,000
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Assisting those in the entertainment community identify and find meaningful sideline employment or a new career.
2021 grant: $250,000
The Dancers’ Resource Addressing the unique challenges dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the financial challenges of earning a living in dance.
2021 grant: $125,000
Senior Services Helping performing arts professionals address the challenges of aging, including affordable housing, accessibility issues, health care access, and legal and emotional support.
2021 grant: $100,000
The Stage Managers’ Project Maintaining a reliable directory of doctors, specialists and other health care providers in 28 cities for Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions.
2021 grant: $50,000
Looking Ahead – The Paul Libin Center Continuing support for the program that helps young performers and their families adapt and thrive while in the entertainment industry and beyond.
2021 grant: $50,000
Special event sponsorship and memorial donations 2021 grant: $52,500
Theater Community Grants
Financial Support Expands to Reach More Marginalized Voices
hile physical theaters were dark, the theater community was busy expanding and exploring ways to make an impact both in this moment and for the future. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has long championed these theater-based social service agencies and emergency funds, often providing the initial grant that helps create a solid foundation from which to grow. This grant-making was formalized in 2018 with the creation of an invitation-only grant round specifically for theater and entertainment industry social service agencies. In the just-completed fiscal year 2021, 17 organizations were awarded $317,500. Broadway Cares was among the first funders in 2016 of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, which this year received a Special Tony Award for its “unparalleled platform for marginalized members of our theater community and tools to help us all do better as we strive for equity.” Broadway Cares proudly awarded $25,000 to the coalition in 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, six newly formed social justice and community support organizations have been invited into this grant round. Included among these grants are vital organizations that work to address diversity, equity and inclusion across the Broadway community, as well as provide access to BIPOC and other marginalized members in various technical and creative disciplines.
The organizations added in 2021 are Black Theatre United with a grant of $35,000; Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color at $10,000; Costume Industry Coalition at $10,000; Indie Theater Fund at $25,000; Maestra Music and MUSE (Musicians for Social Equity) at $25,000 and $15,000, respectively. They join 11 other previously funded organizations, including Broadway Advocacy Coalition, in this grant round. Those organizations are: Actors Equity Foundation, AGMA Emergency Relief Fund, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), Behind the Scenes Foundation, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dancers Over 40, Episcopal Actors Guild, Educational Theatre Association, Local 802 Musicians Emergency Fund and New Orleans Musicians Assistance. With the start of 2022 fiscal year, Broadway Cares also welcomed Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color into its family of affiliate programs. Broadway & Beyond: Access joins Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina, operating under Broadway Cares’ fiscal and administrative umbrella. Additionally, Broadway Cares is proud to provide office space and administrative support to ASTEP and, now, Broadway Advocacy Coalition.
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Health Care and Hope Reach Those Struggling Nationwide
hile theaters on Broadway and across the country were darkened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supporters shined brightly, fueling an extraordinary $4.98 million in grants to 424 social services agencies across the country during fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30. Across the country, these organizations were quickly pivoting to address the challenges of the expanding crisis.
payments, we also received an increased number of requests for utility assistance,” Golden Rainbow Executive Director Gary Costa said. “While we do receive federal funds to assist clients, many exceeded their limits due to COVID-19 and were at risk of utilities being shut off or eviction.”
“Thanks to the support from Broadway Cares, we have had no waiting list for the last three years. From the bottom of our heart, again and again, thank you!”
To address this growing need, Golden Rainbow channeled its $10,000 grant from Broadway Cares to support its Financial Assistance Program, which assists with emergency short-term needs to prevent evictions, termination of utility services and essential short-term medical costs not covered by insurance. More than 500 people were served by the program thanks to Broadway Cares supporters.
From the earliest days of the pandemic, Birmingham AIDS Outreach committed to remaining open to serve 1,055 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Alabama. “We recognized the kinds of efforts required and Beyond the emergency needs that required created an agency-wide effort to quickly restructure procedures,” CEO Karen Musgrove said. The delivery -Sandra Torres-Rivera organizations to pivot, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges for those most vulnerable. of healthy food boxes, supported by a $10,000 grant from Bill's Kitchen Nearly 90% of the clients at Bill’s Kitchen in San from Broadway Cares, shifted from in-office pick-up Juan, Puerto Rico, survive on a yearly income less than $12,000. to drive-thru delivery, providing more than 2,900 That means they have about $200 a week to cover all their expenses meals before the end of 2020. - including housing, utilities, clothing, medications, transportation and food. During the first 12 months of the pandemic, Golden Rainbow in Las Vegas saw requests for financial assistance increase 100%. “With utilities being disconnected for those who were delinquent in their
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“Providing clients with healthy, nutritionally appropriate food is the heart of our mission,” said Sandra Torres-Rivera, executive director of Bill’s Kitchen. “However, as an island where most of the food is imported, the price of fresh food and the costs of transporting it are ever on the rise.” In response to these compounding challenges, Bill’s Kitchen received $35,000 in support from Broadway Cares donors this year to provide more than 12,000 grocery bags through its pantry bag program. Food and well-being are especially important for the growing and developing youth throughout the country. “While all of us have been impacted by COVID-19, the highly vulnerable children and families our organization helps have been particularly hard hit by this pandemic,” said Marci Finegood of Children’s Place, which provides support to families in Chicago experiencing crises or barriers affecting family safety and stability.
NATIONAL GRANTS Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 131 organizations in 37 States, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC............................... $ 2,452,500 Local AIDS Service Organizations 17 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico 3 and Washington, DC providing health care, direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services.......................$ 2,539,000 Emergency Grants for Pandemic Relief.........$ 1,010,077 Supplemental Grants and Shared Support........$ 793,125 Theater Organizations Social Service Grants. .. $ 317,500
National Grants Total
A $7,500 grant from Broadway Cares in June allowed Children’s Place to provide utility and rental assistance, food and transportation for families across the city. “Having the resources for emergency assistance will enable us to create safe and healthy environments for families, and keep children in child care or preschool without disruption,” Finegood said. Overall, the $4.98 million in grants from Broadway Cares’ National Grants Programs was provided to 424 social and medical service agencies in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. These agencies were supported in three rounds: $2,452,500 in grants to 131 food service and meal delivery programs in January; $925,000 to 41 nationally recognized AIDS service and advocacy organizations in March; and $1,604,000 to 252 direct service programs in June. The National Grants support is on top of the $7.7 million donated this year to The Actors Fund, which provides a safety net of social services for everyone in entertainment and the performing arts. Overall, Broadway Cares provided $13,024,000 in grants during fiscal year 2021. “Even with theaters closed and in-person events canceled, our fundraising work continued at remarkable levels thanks to our generous donors and the ingenuity and compassion of theater artists,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. “Broadway theaters may have been dimmed, but our supporters were the light for organizations providing meals, medication and emergency assistance to the most vulnerable across the country.” Torres-Rivera, from Bill’s Kitchen, summed up the gratitude for the annual grants: “Thanks to the support from Broadway Cares, we have had no waiting list for the last three years. From the bottom of our heart, again and again, thank you!” SEARCH BY STATE
$ 7,112,202 Behind the Scenes
Corporate Partnerships Expand to Virtual Experiences
uring the pandemic’s earliest days, New York City’s hospitals struggled to meet the needs of those affected by COVID-19. Columbia University Irving Medical Center was looking for a creative solution to an additional problem. Their employees on the front lines and behind the scenes had never worked harder or longer hours to meet the growing demand for medical attention. The annual employee appreciation picnic was canceled and, more than ever, hospital leaders sought a way to acknowledge their staff and employees. Christina Hansen, CUIMC’s senior director of events, reached out to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to explore ideas. Within days, work on a customized “CUIMC Wednesday Matinee”was underway. The virtual matinee was just for the CUIMC community. Staff and employees all watched at the same time, allowing for a needed afternoon break of connection and camaraderie.
performances highlighting footage and photos of employees or clients, and intimate and impactful moderated conversations and Q&As with Broadway stars and industry leaders.
With the initial shift to remote working, the team at Custom Computer Specialists went above and beyond to provide technology to schools and hospitals, working to connect students and teachers, patients, doctors and families. Greg Galdi, founder and president of Custom Computer Specialists, was seeking a special way to celebrate his dedicated and hardworking staff during the holiday break. “Working with Broadway Cares was a wonderful, “Working with creative and unforgettable experience,” Galdi said. “The Broadway Cares creative interpretation of our business through the was a wonderful, brilliant talents at Broadway Cares touched our team in creative and a meaningful manner, creating a profound and lasting unforgettable impact that everyone talks about to this day.”
In creating The Definition of Success, Kendrick Shope partnered with Broadway Cares to craft a virtual event from Custom “The team at Broadway Cares worked seamlessly to celebrate and uplift her clients, primarily female with us to create superb productions that celebrated Computer Specialists executives and business owners. The themes included our employees and their contributions,” Hansen said. overcoming obstacles, expectation vs. reality and work/ “The talented creative team is brilliant, accommodating and fun.” life balance. “One of the best business decisions I’ve ever made was partnering with Broadway Cares to put on an event that our people Broadway Cares partners with organizations and businesses to will be talking about for years to come,” Shope said. “The entire tap into the magic of Broadway to engage and inspire employees, process from idea to delivery exceeded my expectations. This was clients and VIPs. Partnerships have included large banking my company’s first partnership of this magnitude. Broadway Cares institutions; global technology conferences; diversity, equity supported every vision I had and created a night that I could not be and inclusion programming; anniversary celebrations and more. more proud of hosting.”
What makes these partnerships so special is the customization and collaboration to understand the company’s audience and goals. Partnerships have included virtual musical events with custom songs about the quirks and unique culture of a company, musical
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To learn about how your company can collaborate with Broadway Cares, contact Susan Slotoroff, corporate partnerships & individual giving officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating New Ways to Stay Connected Over the last 20 months, so many of us longed for a feeling of community and a deeper understanding of the impact we could be and were making. Two virtual ways we created together to stay connected during the pandemic were the quarterly State of the Agency and bi-monthly Click, Care, Connect Happy Hours. The State of the Agency opens the Broadway Cares office virtually to hear directly from Executive Director Tom Viola. The experience offers a peek behind the curtain to show how your support makes a direct impact on the lives of those in need.
The third State of the Agency shined a light on the unprecedented need in the entertainment community with valuable insight from The Actors Fund President and CEO Joe Benincasa and Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Tony-winning actor and the Fund’s board chairman. At the Click, Care, Connect Happy Hours, members of the Visionary Circle and Angels Circle virtually gathered to catch up, share stories, meet new friends, laugh and reminisce. From San Francisco to New York City and across the ocean to London, everyone shared especially great joy when surprise special guests - like Broadway’s Nikki Renée Daniels, Carolee Carmello, Michael Park and Michael Urie - dropped by to say hello. Turns out, the care that connects us is only ever a click away.
The inaugural event examined how your support tackles the dominating issue of food insecurity by providing essential meals to people across the country. Tony Award winner Gavin Creel and Hadestown’s Kimberly Marable, both members of the Broadway Cares Board of Trustees, joined Viola to offer their insight as members of the grants committee. Hamilton star Javier Muñoz and Jagged Little Pill production stage manager Ira Mont, who both also are Broadway Cares trustees, joined the next installment of the series for a dive into how your support translates into health care, medication and lifesaving direct services.
Bequest Challenge Ensures Care for the Future This year tumbled us around and tested our resolve. It also brought us closer to each other by creating space for our shared values to shine. Last November, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS launched the inaugural Bequest Challenge, inspiring many to include Broadway Cares in their will or estate plan and become members of the Colleen Dewhurst Legacy Society. A will or estate gift ensures that those living with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses or those in personal crisis can access the care and resources they need and deserve well into the future. “I followed my heart and wrote Broadway Cares into my will and estate plan,” said Angels Circle member Amy Rosenthal. “They’re not just words in a legal document. They express who I am now. And how I’ll be remembered.”
personal for me and, at every turn, I’ve been inspired by a community of responsive people. That’s why I decided to include Broadway Cares in my will to ensure that the values that mean so much to me extend far into the future.” The membership of the Colleen Dewhurst Legacy Society doubled during the challenge thanks to a group of visionary supporters - The Dream Alliance, The Harriett Kittner Foundation and Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch. The supporters joined forces to provide an incentive for the challenge. Ten percent of the total amount individuals planned to leave to Broadway Cares was matched up to $500,000, providing lifesaving care immediately and inspiring many to make a legacy gift. Start building your legacy today. Contact Nick Mayo, major gifts and planned giving officer, at email@example.com to learn more.
Broadway Bares creator and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell shared: “It’s always been incredibly Behind the Scenes
Visionary Circle and Angels Circle THE ANGELS CIRCLE
Providing a Sustainable Foundation
The following are members of the Visionary Circle and Angels Circle as of September 1, 2021. Names in bold indicate Premiere Visionaries and Archangels, donors who increased their gift by 25 percent or more over the previous year. Contributions are not related to event ticket or merchandise purchases. Visionaries and Angels provide essential support for those affected by COVID-19, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses across the country. We salute these donors for their compassion and commitment to helping others in need. In appreciation of this generous support, Visionaries and Angels receive exclusive invitations to virtual and in-person events and VIP status at some of Broadway Cares’ most high-profile events, as well as a host of other benefits. There are many ways to become a member of the Visionary Circle or Angels Circle, including charging on a monthly or quarterly basis. If your employer matches charitable contributions, a gift of $500 or more can qualify you for membership. For more information about the benefits of the Visionary Circle or Angels Circle, please contact Sarah Cardillo, deputy director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.
Visionary Circle Luminary
gifts of $100,000 and above
Liz Armstrong Danny Baron in loving memory of Artie Gaffin Dwight H. Curry, “Dream Alliance” The Fred Ebb Foundation Phill Gross & Elizabeth Cochary Gross Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Marc & Mary Lou Seidner Secret Villas of Key West Brian S. Snyder The Shubert Organization Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum Nancy Burke Tunney
gifts from $50,000 to $99,999
Judi Krupp in memory of Rebecca Luker Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White Amy Sherman-Palladino Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch
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Abigail Merrill The Morison-Iwanowski Family John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt in memory of Tom Fenaughty Myrna & Freddie Gershon The Barbara Epstein Fund in memory of Foundation Inc. Roger Englander, producer, Benard L. Maas Foundation director, co-conceptualizer of Laura M. Boedeker the Young People’s Concerts James & Debbie Burrows The Clifford Family Foundation James L. Nederlander & Margo M. Nederlander Gavin Corcoran in memory of Mary C. & Richard J. Parrish Charles Wallace Collier Berniece Patterson William W. Donnell Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele Hollis Stern Mary D. Fisher Carter & Kim Strickland The Greenaway Foundation Carole Tecchia James C. Hormel & The Ted Snowdon Foundation Michael P. Nguyen The Winston Foundation Jerry & Terri Kohl Anonymous (2) Arabella Langhorne Larry L. Luing Family Foundation William J. Levy Innovator Richard Lin & Evan Zazula gifts from $10,000 to $24,999 Jesse L. Martin Sam Altman in memory of Mary Lea Johnson Richards Murray Schapiro & 1997 Charitable Trust in Shirley Herz and memory of Mary Lea Johnson Jerry Tischman Richards & Martin Richards Whitney Arcaro gifts from $25,000 to $49,999
Arthur Zaltzman Foundation in honor of Artie Gaffin Susan Atkins Bainbridge Foundation Terry & William Biggins Sandy Berlin Kelly Blake Walter Bobbie & David Frye Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan Butkiewicz Family Foundation in honor of Judy Wheeler The Carl Jacobs Foundation The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation, Inc. in memory of Bob & Muriel Kennedy Deborah Dakin Toni Downey Frank Duff & John Okuloski Doug Eichman & Michael C. Yount Sam Ellis in honor of Valarie Silver Ellis Robert Evers Tobi & Eugene Faut The Fosdick Fund
Kenneth R. Fulton Thomas Gentile George & Irina Schaeffer Foundation GoldPoint Partners in honor of John Schumacher Jill & Marty Handelsman Harriett D. Kittner Foundation The John D. Evans Foundation Karen Johnston Ilana Kameros Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation Kelso & Company in honor of John Schumacher Emily J. Klopfer Peggy Koenig Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine Deirdre & Mark LeMire
Joseph Levi Paul & Florence Rowe Libin Tom Lombardi Robert & Wendy MacDonald Laura Anne Lewis Mantell, M.D. & Alan Mark Mantell Stephanie & Carter McClelland Miranda Family Fund Miriam Schaeffer Family Foundation The MJ and Caral G Lebworth Foundation Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Carol & Frank Nickell in honor of John Schumacher Lisa Orberg Stephen Paine The Pearinder Foundation
Bill Prady Michael C. Ray Reel Time Video Production: Jonathan Frank & Alex Pearlman Ann Reinking Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy Amy Rosenthal in loving memory of Dorothy Scott and Gloria Rosenthal The Ross Foundation Jason Rubin & Alan Cohen Paul Rumsey Wendy B. Samuel Heidi Schreck & Kip Fagan John E Schumacher in honor of Joan Johns Schumacher Jeffrey Seller Rob Stoll The Tapper Gorevic Family
Bob Tuschman Lora J. & Richard L. Van Velsor Venable Foundation Inc. John Voege & Geoffrey Paul David Wackman & Jason Rardin The Waldman Foundation Rachael & Richard Wells Barbara Whitman Diane M. & Kevin Wilshere Zion Lutheran Church Anonymous (6) as of September 1, 2021
Angels Circle Guardian
$5,000 to $9,999
The Alice Ghostley Foundation Richard Ambrose Timothy M. Andrews* ATPAM - Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers Jennifer Balbier Douglas Bella & David Hunt Nancy Duggan Benson Mark Bergamini & Christopher Oates* Lynn A. Booth John Bowab Carol Bresler & Carolyn Billinghurst The Bruce and Carole Hart Foundation The Calamus Foundation Beth Carlsen Cristina Carlson Annette Cerbone & Suzanne LeVan Barbara, Jerry, Ben and Hanna Chait Cathy Chernoff Mitchell Clarfield The Column Awards Kenneth E. Cooke* Robert N. Cory & Schuichiro Takeda* Gavin Creel Scott Dainton in memory of Andy Zerman
Ken Davies Gary Deam & Victor Gotay Laura & Tony Delauney Debra DeMartini Charles Deull Jamie deRoy in memory of Bradshaw Smith Drew Desky & Dane Levens Valerie DiFebo The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Ellen Esposito Joe Evall & Richard Lynn Peter Farrell* Feinstein’s/54 Below Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow Jeannine M & Scott D Flynn Barrett Foa Fraydun Foundation, Inc. Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight Joanna Gleason & Chris Saradon Dan Goggin Sherri Goldberg Valerie Gordon-Johnson & Doug Johnson Alma Guimarin Alison Hall Theresa D. Herman Gail I Hessol Larry Hirschhorn & Melissa Posen Sally Horchow Howard Gilman Foundation
Joan and Michael Buckley Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County The Joe & Hellen Darion Foundation, Inc. John W Harris Family Foundation Greg Kammerer & Frederick M. White Karma Foundation Asya Kamsky Andrew Keenan-Bolger Celia Keenan-Bolger & John Ellison Conlee Karen E. Kennedy in memory of Muriel & Bob Kennedy Alan Keith & Richard Brand Sydney Klau LaFountaine Family Foundation** Judith Light & Robert Desiderio Sidne Long Nancy Lukitsh Fran Macferran Jennifer Manocherian Tom Marshall & Kathy Keneally James Martin Masie Productions Clif Mathews & Brian Lurie Leslie & Jordan Mayer The McCabe Family Foundation
Mary McColl Richard McCune & Brian Carroll City National Bank** Heather J. McDonald Marianne McGrath Mills David R. McShane & The Samantha Fund William Megevick in memory of Larz Anderson Keith Miller Jerry Mitchell Ira Mont & Jill Cordle Mont in memory of Annette & Stuart Mont, Dan Cordle and in honor of Joan Cordle Javier Morgado in memory of Eddie Sweetnam Moulin Rouge! The Musical Nathan Noh Nora Roberts Foundation Rob O’Neill & Shawn Anderson Tony Origlio & Kip Vanderbilt James G. Pepper* Petty Hefte Family Foundation Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Richenthal Foundation Barbara Rohdie* Nancy Rose Meryl Rosofsky & Stuart H. Coleman* Moe & Jack Rouse Paul Russell & Beryl Raff Behind the Scenes
continued gifts from $5,000 to $9,999
Evan Sacks Noah Evan Samuels Megan M. Savage Pieter Schenck & Sioux Logan* Lauren Class Schneider, Broadway Fantasy Camp Emily and Jay Seiden & About the Swing in loving memory of Artie Gaffin Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea Carolyn & Marc Seriff Jayne Baron Sherman Jonathan Marc Sherman & Alexandra Shiva in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jonathan Larson Philanthropy Show Scents James L. Simon Robin Skye Iris Smith Cori Stolbun Abbie Strassler Steve Sweet Andrew Thaman Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE Thompson Turner Productions The Tweedlie Center for the Arts Robert Tyrer Richard J. Underwood Vertical Bridge Fred Weil* Weinberg Family Foundation Peg & Gary Wendlandt Nina & Gary Wexler Jim Whitman & Sara McDougall Jayne Williams Alison Wintman in honor of Sherri Goldberg’s milestone birthday Russ Woolley David Zippel & Michael Johnston Anonymous (6)
gifts from $2,500 to $4,999
Actors’ Equity Foundation Randy Adams Deborah & Charles Adelman* Sara M. Allan Gerry & Hank Alpert* Gerald M. Appelstein* Sarah Ashman & Ron Gillespie in memory of Howard Ashman Scott Archimbaud & Patrick Douglass
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Joe Baker in loving memory of Stuart Thompson Anne Banfield Jordan Barbakoff & Philip Jeffery in loving memory of Rob Sinacore Charlotte Bargowski Clay & Karen Barnes in honor of Gracie & Christina Barnes John Barnes & Charles Champagne Randy Barretto Ivan M. Bart in memory of Adam Balzano Wilma Mae & Victor Basta* Michael & Kimberly Beatrice Dr. Benton & Rachel Brown Andrew Berdon* Amy Bermudez Claude Bernstein & Melody Wang George L. Bielitz & John Derco Blaine Tina & Jeffrey Bolton Ann Marie & Robert Borsdorf Corey Brunish & Jessica Rose Brunish Buchwald Christopher Cara David Cartee Patricia & Carroll Cathey Deborah & Steven Cavalier CESD Talent Agency Girlie Chang & Michael Vermut Michael & Diane Christian* Sylvia Choi Alissa Cipriano Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr. Samantha & Drew Cohen in memory of Richard Salfas and Michael Friedman Paul & Kelly Cole Larry Cosand & Jaime Lozada Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson Bronwen Cound & William Brody William C. Cubberley* Michael David & Lauren Mitchell Todd Davis Dean Foundation, Inc. David DeSocio Maria Di Dia in loving memory of Doug Salmon Joseph Dimino Patricia S. Dinner Salvatore E. Dirschberger Andrew Dolkart in honor of Paris Richard Baldacci
John Dresslar Maryann Edgecomb Nicole Eldridge Anthony, Kristina & David Ellenbogen Eric Emeric Nigel Emmett Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz Bill Evans & Chuck Fischer in memory of Mike Nichols James Fedigan Doug Fiebelkorn & Andrew Hall Kenneth & Caryl Field Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP Ken Finkelstein Elliot Fishman & Dale Abrams Lauren Foley Dale J. Fournier & Michael R. Wellington* Keith Fox & Tom Keyes James B. Freydberg Vincent Gaeta Richard Gerrig & Timothy Peterson Roger Gindi & Gregory Victor Dale Glasser in memory of Steven Glasser Joan Glatman Justin Gleiberman Jan & Steven Golann Marcia Goldberg & Paul Garrity Kevin Gore Peter & Roberta Gottlieb Douglas Greene Howard Grossman, M.D. James F. Haag John M. Hemmer The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation Susan & Neal Hirsch Geoffrey Hoefer & Thomas Wei** William S. Hoover, M.D Bill Hutton in memory of Dr. Joel D. Weisman Kathy Inch Jim & Kerry Jacobson Jerome S. Glazer Foundation John L. McHugh Foundation Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward Michael Johnston Joanna Jordan Benita & Joe Kaminkow Kelly Karavites in memory of my loving spouse Francis P. King Amy Kaufmann & Ruth Ro Howard & Karen Kellman
Kerry A. Keenan Matthias Kirwald & Tony Lombardi Sarah Korda Angel Koven Angela Lansbury William Lauch The Lenore & Howard Klein Foundation Jay B. Lesiger & Tom Klebba Victoria McNeil Le Vine William Ludel & Tracy Cohen Leslie Lyles Daniel & Linda Lynch John J. Mackerey Kathleen Moloney Nina Matis & Alan Gosule* Jennifer Mayer James McKenzie Peter McKown & Kenneth Heng Drew McLellan Kati Meister Svend Mejdal Marius Meland & Eng Kian Ooi* Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola, Paul Libin and Phil Birsh William Moore William Morey Jason & Debbie Moss Janissa Muller Judith A. Nelson** in memory of Wayne McCarthy Linda & Stuart Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Frank P. Nocco Janice Oresman Michael Paleos Gregg Passin The PATH Fund/ Rockers on Broadway Bonnie & Alan Petsche Peter Pileski in memory of Bob Avian Gloria Piraino Judith J. Plows Frances Pu Dr. Judith Quick Jonathan Rebell & Noah Levine The Redgate/Finnegan Charitable Fund Monica & Greg Reid Stephen Kroll Reidy* Jana Rich & Jill Nash Richard F. Walsh/Alfred W. Di Tolla/Harold P. Spivak Foundation The Robert N. Alfandre Family* David Romero & David Greiss Rose Brand Phil & Dawn Rudolph
The Sartain and Tamez Family Trust Fund Schaffer Family Foundation Matthew Schermerhorn & Andy Rice Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield & John Heppenstall Elliott R. Sernel David Shmerler Joseph Short Silva Theatrical Group Harrison Simmons Epstein Elliott L. Sirkin in honor of Chita Rivera, Carol Lawrence and Mickey Calin In memory of Michael Smith Carl M. Stanton Timothy Stevens & David Czekaj* Steve Stone & Leslie Benedetto in honor of Max Marlo Katherine Sulenski Sweet Hospitality Group Amy F. Thompson Tracy & Lainey Todd Jeffrey Trachtman Tom Viola Carol Waaser Marisha Wallace Alice Wang & Peter Spiegelman Steve Werner Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Wiggers in memory of T. Thorne Wiggers Scott Wilcox William & Anita Newman Foundation Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz Jeff Woodman in memory of Melvin Bernhardt Robert E. Zimmerman Anonymous (2)
gifts from $1,000 to $2,499
Scott & Paula Aaronson in honor of Zach Aaronson Sargent and Audrey Aborn Amy Abrams Actors Federal Credit Union Catherine Adler Ken Adler in memory of Ellen Adler and in honor of Jon Adler Jon Aegerter Joel Agena
American Society of Theatre Consultants Joseph T. Amodeo Christine Amorossi Matthew Amsterdam Fred Anawalt Sherry Anglin Lee R. Anisman M.D. The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation Michael Arellano & Tom Burley Joan Arenstein David Glenn Armstrong in joyful memory of Peter Frame The Arthur Loeb Foundation Anthony Aufiero Jay Axelrod Dan & Wendy Azzara Marco Babich Robert L. Baker Ian & Kim Band Coleen Banks* Christopher & Paris Barclay Laura Z. Barket Scott Barnes in memory of Brian Kellow Bob & Barbara Barrack in honor of John Schumacher The Barrington Foundation Inc. Christopher Barth Joy, Ben & Judge Baskin Jack W. Batman Frederick & Kathy Baumann Be Sunny Gifts, Maker of CONQUERing Beech Street Foundation Bendit Family Foundation Nan & Joe Benincasa Carol & Walter Berman Mark Bernhardt* Shaul Betesh Phillip Bettencourt Phil & Mary Beuth Michelle Bhatia Jon Bierman Robert Billig & Richard Vida Casey Blass & Lee Manford Drs. Leslie Blum & David Cziner David Boger in memory of Terry Brenneis Dennis Bolger Matthew Bonilla Miranda Book & Linda Dingler Dave Boone Diane Borger Walter & Karen Boss* Gina Bowker Joan C. Bowman* Bob Boyett Loraine Alterman Boyle Don Bradford
Lisa Bradley Fiona Brady Molly Brand & Kaitlin Brand Shirley Brandman & Howard Shapiro Susan Bravman Kevin Breen in memory of Howard Ashman Nyle Brenner Priscilla Brewster Scott Brittingham in memory of Christopher Caruso Betty Broadhurst Barbara Broccoli Terri Brody J. Arthur Brost Barry Brown & Douglas Cohn, D.V.M. Lynn Brown & Sandra Brinkert* Daniel & Rhonda Bruening Karen & David Brush Michael Buchanan Maribel Bunin Bruce Burg Carlease Burke David Burke Katherine Burton in honor of Dale Ellen Leff Michelle L. Butler Mr. Lem Byers & Mr. Derek Kuhl Gary Bynum Brad Caffey Michael-Demby Cain* Bennett Cale Erin Calev Leslie Callaway Robert Callely Judith Capawana Steven M. Caplan Esq. Caplin Foundation Sarah & Frank Cardillo Len Cariou & Heather Summerhayes Debra & Kim Carmichael The Carole & Mike Miller Foundation Victoria Casker Ronald Casty Christine R. Cerabone Stockard Channing Charles and Margaret Levin Family Foundation David & Paula Leggett Chase Chasin/Gilden Family Fund, at the Boston Foundation Sam Cheow* in memory of Gordon Avard Donna & Edward Chernoff The Cheryl Rose & Carol Cosler Charitable Fund
Cheryl Wiesenfeld Productions LLC Timothy Chow Clinton A. Cobb Evan Cohen Michael Cohen Stacey Cohen Brad & Kyong Coleman* Lynn Coleman Mary Collins Mary & Michael Conklin Francois Conradie & Nick Smit Leon Constantiner Barbara Conway Frank P. Conway* Casey Cook & Gary Steinkohl Marvin & Betty Cooper Barry Cordes Ally & Eric Cormier Casey Cornelius William Corsello William Cox Sarah Crane Paul Croeger The Cunin Family Wojciech L. Czoch M.D. Richard Dabbs Mark Dalton Steve Danco Duke Dang & Charles Rosen* in loving memory of David Panzer Daniel Anthony Leone Trust in honor of Henry Winkler and in memory of John Ritter Scott & Tonya Daniels Derek Danton & Robert Berk F Leonard & Catherine Darby Peter Davenport David Beatty Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation Cara David Heather Davies Judith T. Davis Paula Kaminsky Davis Yolanda Davis Melissa Day Louis J. Denkovic Mark D. Desky & James D. Mrkvicka Tim Devin & Erik Frantzen* Eileen Doherty Mark Donofrio & Alexander Lach* Judy & Tim Dove* John, Barb & Ginna Doyle Linda Doyle David & Shari Dreier Jerome & Joan Duffy
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continued gifts from $1,000 to $2,499
Rachel Dvorken & Harry B. Rosenberg, Jr. Earl and Margaret Chesson Charitable Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Thor Eckert Carolyn Edgell The Ehrmann Family Fund Valerie Eigner Tim Eippert Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley in honor of Bernie Jacobs and Tom Viola Shannon Elarde Andy Elisburg Steven Elkin Russell & Helene Ellison* Eric Emeric Herbert W Engert & Timothy Miller Eve Ensler Haronil Estevez Bonnie Pfeifer Evans* David S. & Joan Evans Shane Ewen Kittie Fahey Katie & Reade Fahs Laura G. Fahsbender Ken Fakler & Luc Bouchard-Fakler John & Margaret Falk* James & Anna Fantaci T.A. Fassburg Robert Faust & Roger Kluge* Sarah Jo Fazio Vicky Feather Bruce Feffer Daniel Feinstein Bruce Daniel Fell & Amy Jane McKenna-Fell Alan & Brenda Ferber Anne & Cameron Ferguson Joanne Fields Donald M. Filicetti Camden & Debra Fine Mr. & Mrs. William Fink Barry M. Fisher Jeanne Donovan Fisher Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Charles Flateman & Gail Goldstein Robert S Fleischer & Susan L Raanan Doug Fogel Michelle Forbes Scott Wells Ford
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Michael Greif Robert Grill & Richard Zopatti Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner Carol & Bill Gross Joli L. Gross Barry & Maggie Grove Dr. Jeffrey & Mr. Gerald Grove Jane Groveman & Cathy Tanelli Marc J. Gurell Kristen Gustafson Leslie G. Gutierrez Corinne Guttman & George Annarella in memory of Les Guttman Edward E. Hale Jr. Diann Hall in memory of John Rainwater Marc & Cherie Hallert John Halpin in honor of the Leadership Council Elizabeth Halverstam David R. Hampton David G. Hanna* in memory of George & Norma Jane Hanna Alexandra Harper* Michael P. Harrell The Harriet Greenfield Foundation, Inc. Catherine Harris Harris Family Foundation in honor of Michael Riedel Linda J Hartley Alan Hassell in loving memory of H. Thomas Axt* Geri & Rich Hastings Jennifer Hatch & Sue Smith Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Rebecca Heaney Michael & Jean Hearne* Lisa Heimann & Family Hearst Joseph R. Heller, Ph.D. & Frank Ptak II in memory of Michael Simmons-DeFord Matthew Helmerich in honor of Douglas Ward Richard Hester & Michael Mastro Scott Hillier Alma M. Hirsch Karen Hoefer Jim Hoelz & William Welsh Richard Hoffman Jr & Elizabeth Hoffman Henry Hooper Diane & Kurt Horning in memory of Patricia Rohme Katie Hornsey
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Amy Langer & David Schwartz Mark Lanspa Tod Larson Bishop Alexis Larue Jay Laudato & Thomas Watson Law Office of Lisa Collins Werner Brian Lawlor Donna Lax-Edison & Andrew Edison Winston Bernard Layne* Scott Lazarus & Julie Farmer Ginna Le Vine Sandy & Michael Leahy Christopher Leary* Stephanie Lee/Group Sales Box Office Jay H. Lefkowitch Hal & Jill Leibowitz Curtis Lelash Christopher Lennertz Jill Lesser & Jonathan Diesenhaus Dr. S. Robert Levine Phyllis Levinthal in memory of Ruth & Sheldon Levinthal Andrew Levitt Jessica Lewis Bjorn Liencres Mark D. Lingenfelter Katharine Linke Linkletter Family Lisa A. Linsky, Esq. Rosalind Lippel* Diane Lippert Stuart Lippner in memory of Roberta Romano Helen R. Litt, The Litt Family Foundation in memory of Robert de Michiel Kris Lockley Ann & Bruce Loeb Mindy Loiselle & Lanny Levenson Arwen Lowbridge & Michael Lane Dr. Frank E Lucente Donna & Larry Ludwig Dr. Rick & Yaffa Lukash Steve Lukens Steven F. Lutz Kevin R. Lyle & Renee Chatelain Mark & William Macatee Drew MacDonald Bev & Doug MacGorman J. Patrick Mahoney & C. Martin Hicks Maidstone Productions in memory of Ted Tulchin Mains Family Foundation
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5 Questions In each issue of Behind the Scenes, we love to highlight members of the extended Broadway Cares family by asking them five questions about why they donate their time and talents to helping others. For this issue, we flipped the format by asking five Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction attendees just one question, “What’s the best thing about Broadway being back?” They also shared their favorite flea market finds from this year.
Black-and-white production photograph of Chita Rivera in Can Can
Broadway Cares ornament of Angela Lansbury in Mame
Jersey City, NJ
“There’s so many people - actors, patrons, stagehands - who have felt disconnected throughout the pandemic. One of the most beautiful things about Broadway is it brings us back to where we feel safe, at home. We are all together as one, experiencing theater.”
“Broadway is the heartbeat of New York City. We say it a lot, but we can’t say it enough. It’s the soul of New York and it’s an opportunity for a heck of a lot of people to come together and have shared focus.”
Chase Owen Akron, Ohio
Beetlejuice sign, Beetlejuice Playbill signed by the orginal cast, Lobby Hero Playbill signed by the cast
Molly Bernal Long Island, NY Dear Evan Hansen cast worn and signed by Andrew Barth Feldman, Darren Criss poster from How to Succeed… and Reynolds pamphlet from Hamilton “I just saw Waitress with Sara Bareilles and loved it because it felt like a community. We all feel like one big family. After seeing so many people out of jobs, it's good to see so many people coming back, employed. Looking around, we all appreciate theater more.”
“After the year we had, Broadway is a comfort. It feels like we’re getting back to normalcy. You can’t beat live entertainment. It’s like nothing else. It’s magical, actually.”
Burr pamphlet, Reynolds pamphlet and Eliza’s love letter from Hamilton, signed Little Shop of Horrors poster, prop flower from Hadestown “It’s the culture of it all. When you go to a Broadway show, you get to experience something you can’t anywhere else: live talent, amazing singers and dancers and you’re surrounded by people who really love it and really appreciate it. It feels like a community.”
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Shop now at broadwaycares.org/store Trim the tree, decorate the mantel and be the best Santa Claus around with holiday gifts from Broadway Cares’ online store. New this year: Audra McDonald joins the Broadway Legends holiday ornament collection. Featuring her as Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, this 6” glass ornament showcases McDonald in the jewel-adorned gown designed by ESosa she wore onstage. Broadway Legends: Audra McDonald
$65 Other Broadway Legends still available: Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, Harvey Fierstein and Angela Lansbury
Broadway Cares Classic Collection Playbill Ornaments Volume X: Set of 6