Behind the Scenes Fall 2023

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

To say these are eventful times would be an understatement. While we have come through the shutdown that befell us in the wake of an unprecedented pandemic, the return to life as we knew it (or perhaps mistakenly think we remember it) has been both challenging and joyous, demanding and uplifting. Days can bounce between floating on a calm sea and moments later being inundated by a tsunami, calling for help while pulling others safely to shore. Tom Viola, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lane Beauchamp, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Larry Cook, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Ken McGee, 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 Kirdahy, THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY Paul Libin, PRESIDENT EMERITUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ted Arthur Cornelius Baker Joseph Benincasa David Binder Chris Boneau Barry Brown Lisa Dawn Cave Sherry Cohen Gavin Creel Alan Cumming Ariana DeBose Maria Di Dia Linda Duncombe Mandy Gonzalez Amanda Green Tom Harris Richard Hester Richard Jay-Alexander Beverly Jenkins Francis Jue Adam Krauthamer Nathan Lane Peter Lawrence

Stephen Lewin Joe Machota Kimberly Marable Kevin McCollum Jerry Mitchell Brian Moreland Javier Muñoz John Eric Parker Bernadette Peters Billy Porter Lauren Reid Cody Renard Richard Chita Rivera Jordan Roth Nick Scandalios Mark Shacket Kate Shindle Charlotte St. Martin David Stone Alvin Vincent Jr. Tom Viola (ex-officio) Channing Wickham

Thankfully, your generosity and enthusiasm has been a lifeboat for me, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In this issue of Behind the Scenes, we share the spectacular ways you showed up for the most vulnerable among us. Just a few weeks ago, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returned to fill the heart of NYC’s Broadway Theater District with not only memorabilia and unique experiences, but also with community, celebration and shared purpose. A day marked by a radiant, sunlit blue sky will be remembered for the helping hand, support and assistance that coming together in goodwill and fun can provide. We take you inside more of Broadway Cares’ most beloved annual events, including Broadway Bares, Broadway Bets and the Easter Bonnet Competition. You can escape to the sandy shores of the Fire Island Pines with a wrap-up of this summer’s Fire Island Dance Festival, or to the scenic skyline views of Governors Island with the Spring Fling 5K & 10K. And you’ll meet some of the people who, like you, make Broadway Cares’ lifesaving fundraising possible. We share the stories of some of our most stalwart donors, supporters and dedicated volunteers. Hearts and red buckets in hand. All of these efforts allow Broadway Cares - and you - to make a difference. In 2023, we awarded $7.6 million to the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) to sustain, ensure and enhance a safety net of social services for all in the entertainment industry and performing arts. That's in addition to a record $9.1 million awarded in grants to more than 450 social service organizations across the country through our National Grants Program. As we navigate these difficult times, you’ve been our rock, the sturdy foundation from which all our work is done. With every act of kindness and generosity, you are a beacon in the night, directing us back to the heart of all we do, which, at its essence, is helping people. Sincerely,

BEHIND THE SCENES Editors Tom Viola, Lane Beauchamp

Tom Viola Executive Director

Layout & Design Jenny Garcia, Dominic Grijalva, Danielle Stecki Lead Writer Francesca Toscano

Emergency Grant Helps Those Hit by Industry Strikes

Writers Jenna Adamek, Al Dawkins, Brian Marshall, Nick Mayo, Jack Noseworthy, Abigail Richards, Desney Scoby Contributors Sarah Cardillo, Maureen “Mo” Fenninger, Melissa Magliula Photographers Donna Aceto, Kayleen Bertrand, Curtis Brown, Jenny Garcia, Michael Hull, Jay Brady Photography, Martha Magliula, Nathan Meredith, Rebecca J. Michelson, Thomas Mundell, Josh Pacheco, Natalie Powers, Monica Simoes, Allison Stock, Nina Wurtzel, Evan Zimmerman Official Airline


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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded a $1 million emergency grant in October, made in the name of the Broadway community, to the Entertainment Community Fund to provide immediate assistance and services for entertainment professionals affected by the SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes. The unprecedented twin strikes put on hold for months production on most movies and television projects. Tens of thousands of industry professionals across the country were without work just as they were beginning to get back on their feet after the pandemic. The impact of both strikes are sure to ripple through the industry for months to come. “These vital funds from Broadway Cares will immediately provide relief and resources to those in our industry who are facing tough days now and into the foreseeable future,” Fund President and CEO Joe Benincasa said. “Each day, the calls for help increase. The Entertainment Community Fund is incredibly grateful for the continuous support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on behalf of the performing arts community.”

2023 GRANT-MAKING "Where does all that money go?" Entertainment Community Fund The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

$ 2,000,000

HIV/AIDS Initiative



Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative



COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund



Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)



Addiction and Recovery Services



Senior Services



The Dancers’ Resource



The Career Center



Safety Net for All Campaign



Broadway Flu Shot Program



Safe Workplace Initiative



The Stage Managers’ Project



The Paul Libin Center - Looking Ahead



Miscellaneous Special event sponsorship, memorial donations



Entertainment Community Fund Total


National Grants Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 141 organizations in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

$ 2,827,500

Local AIDS Service Organizations 311 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

$ 3,340,000

Emergency Grants for Pandemic Relief



Supplemental Grants and Shared Support



National Grants Program Grantees - Additonal Support



Theater Organizations Social Service Grants





Broadway Community Emergency Response Grants Florida Hurricane Relief, California and Hawaii Wildfires, Turkey Earthquake

National Grants Total


International Grants South Africa organizations in honor of The Lion King






International Grants Total

2023 Grant-making Total

$ 447,500


A HISTORY OF GRANT-MAKING Entertainment Community Fund

National & International


$ 1,067,000

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

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 2022 2023 * unaudited

634,000 $ 771,780 $ $ 1,654,000 $ 1,184,119 $ 1 , 7 5 8 , 0 0 0 $ 676,404 $ 1 , 7 9 1 , 0 0 0 $ 707,916 $ 2 , 0 1 0 , 0 0 0 $ 1,400,549 $ 2,247,500 $ 1,342,200 $ 2,471,000 $ 1,711,819 $ 2,700,000 $ 3,039,841 $ 2 , 9 5 5 , 3 3 6 $ 3,033,566 $ 2,829,500 $ 3,238,765 $ 2,732,000 $ 2,689,679 $ 3,022,500 $ 3,115,969 $ 3,360,500 $ 4,437,338 $ 3 , 5 1 6 , 5 0 0 $ 4,469,798 $ 3 , 5 1 7 , 5 0 0 $ 4,518,364 $ 3 , 6 7 1 , 5 0 0 $ 5,152,546 $ 4,302,000 $ 5,737,298 $ 3,400,000 $ 4,492,489 $ 4 , 1 6 0 , 0 0 0 $ 5,824,988 $ 4 , 0 1 4 , 5 0 0 $ 5,305,700 $ 4,625,000 $ 6,218,796 $ 4,300,000 $ 6,190,056 $ 4,603,000 $ 6,091,777 $ 5 , 1 7 5 , 5 0 0 $ 6,780,596 $ 5 , 6 0 2 , 5 5 0 $ 6,452,808 $ 5 , 5 3 7 , 0 0 0 $ 7,836,709 $ 5,898,000 $ 7,787,258 $ 6 , 1 8 6 , 0 0 0 $ 8,628,199 $ 11,225,000 $ 7,019,015 $ 7 , 7 7 7 , 5 0 0 $ 7,226,330 $ 8 , 2 5 1 , 0 0 0 $ 8,790,599 $ 7 , 6 42 , 5 0 0 $ 9,553,500

$ 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 $ 15,003,830 $ 17,041,599 $ 17,196,000

Grant-making Total

$ 136,345,636 $ 152,493,768 $ 288,839,404

1987-1992 Equity Fights AIDS 1987-1992 Broadway Cares




Where Does All That Money Go?


Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction


Easter Bonnet Competition


Entertainment Community Fund


Broadway Bares


Broadway Barks


National Grants Program

20 Broadway Bets 21

Remembering Larry Kramer

22 Fire Island Dance Festival 24 Spring Fling 5K &10K 27 Visionary Circle and Angels Circle 35 5 Questions


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$ 2,775,250

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Contributions

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Broadway’s Happy Place Celebrates Community and Breaks Records


roadway’s happy place, filled with theatrical treasures, encounters with stars and exclusive auction experiences, welcomed legions of theater lovers from near and far as the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returned October 1. The day featured 55 tables of memorable theatrical treasures, 221 live and silent auctions lots offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences and rare collectibles, and 41 of Broadway’s brightest stars signing autographs and taking selfies (not counting the thrillingly unexpected encounters on the street or at tables). The 37th annual edition of the biggest day for Broadway fans raised a record-breaking $1,237,179. Sixteen Broadway shows were among the tables that filled the streets offering posters, props, Playbills and more. Special tables honored Dear Evan Hansen, The Phantom of the Opera and the 40th anniversary of the original cast of La Cage aux Folles. Among the countless distinctive and delightful items that could only be found at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction were one-of-a-kind custom satchels handmade by Six’s wardrobe

department that mirrored the queens’ iconic costumes, larger-thanlife posters from Fiddler on the Roof: In Yiddish and KPOP towering well over 6 feet tall and a broom used onstage in Mrs. Doubtfire. The tables at this year’s market raised $552,549, led again by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers with an all-time table record of $78,671 - blowing past the record the association set last year by nearly $30,000. The day concluded with the grand live auction, which also set a record this year, raising an astonishing $493,500. The previous record was $381,450 set in 2017. The most popular live auction lot was a business-class trip to London, courtesy of Broadway Cares’ official airline United, to see three West End shows and meet the legendary Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga after seeing them star in Sondheim’s Old Friends. When the auctioneer’s hammer ultimately fell, the bidding for this lot had reached a staggering $32,000. The second-most popular lot was the opportunity to take home prolific lighting designer Jules Fisher’s Tony Award for Dancin’, Behind the Scenes


as well as rare memorabilia from Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon and the legendary 1978 original cast. The lot raised an impressive $21,000. Another “Popular” lot was the opportunity to conduct the exit music at Wicked, watch the show from the orchestra pit and go backstage to meet Glinda and Elphaba, which raised $20,000 “For Good.” Opening night tickets to 12 of this season’s new shows raised a spectacular $32,750. Barry Manilow’s Harmony - with an exclusive invitation to the after party - topped the opening nights, raising $7,000. The show was followed by $4,250 for the opening night of the revival of The Wiz and $4,000 for The Notebook. The live auction started with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of La Cage aux Folles. Four unique auction lots of memorabilia, including one featuring a quilt handmade by Tony-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein and another offering the original production’s Tony Award for Best Musical, raised $40,500. To wrap up the special lots, more than 50 members from the show’s original Broadway and national touring productions circled the auction to sing a rousing rendition of “The Best of Times,” which brought the Times Square audience to its feet. Broadway and television favorite Bryan Batt, who just concluded his starring run in Off-Broadway’s Pay the Writer the night before, hosted the live auction, alongside charismatic and Broadway-loving auctioneer Nick Nicholson. Earlier in the day in Shubert Alley, Back to the Future: The Musical’s Jelani Remy joined returning auction favorites Todd Buonopane and Michael Goddard to host the silent auction, which raised $177,159. PHOTOS & VIDEO


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In addition to exploring the sea of treasures at the tables and auctions, fans met their favorite Broadway stars at the Autograph Table and Photo Booth. Forty-one Broadway favorites signed memorabilia and took selfies, including David Byrne, Harvey Fierstein, Cherry Jones, Jose Llana, Bonnie Milligan, Jelani Remy and Michael Urie. The effervescent duo of Jim Caruso, host of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland, and Ben Cameron, host of Broadway Sessions at Green Room 42, served as emcees. In addition to the theatrical treasures from Broadway and beyond offered in the theater district, special “FleaBay” bundles online in Broadway Cares’ eBay store offered unique memorabilia for fans who were not able to attend in person. FleaBay raised $13,971. Since 1987, the 37 editions of the event have raised more than $18.7 million.

TOP 10 TABLES ATPAM ....................................................... $78,671 Telecharge and The Shubert Organization ........................ $28,746 Hadestown ................................................. $28,533 TDF Pik-a-Tkt ........................................... $24,212 Sweeney Todd ............................................ $23,617 United Scenic Artists................................ $ 20, 9 51 The Phantom of the Opera and Michael Crawford


International Fan Association................... $18,436 Moulin Rouge! The Musical ........................ $17,055 Kimberly Akimbo ....................................... $13,853 Some Like It Hot ........................................ $13,466

The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is supported by Broadway Cares corporate sponsors Margaritaville Resort Times Square, The New York Times and United Airlines.

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Easter Bonnet Competition

Theater Community Celebrates Resilience at Easter Bonnet's Return


he stage at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre was enlivened once again in April with the spirited skits, dynamic dance and brilliant bonnets of the Easter Bonnet Competition. After the event’s four-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the theater community rallied together to renew the production’s treasured legacy.

in community,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We couldn’t have revived and renewed a tradition like the Easter Bonnet Competition without the dedication of our 207 Bucket Brigade volunteers and everyone onstage, backstage and behind the scenes who eagerly participated. We are so grateful to be back.”

The production featured one-of-a-kind performances created especially for this 34th edition of the Easter Bonnet Competition and 17 meticulously handcrafted bonnets.

The top overall fundraising award went to & Juliet which raised an impressive $231,536.

The performances celebrated in-theater Red Bucket appeals that raised $3,601,355 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, concluding six weeks of fundraising by 42 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. Annaleigh Ashford, Jessica Chastain, Josh Groban and Lea Michele announced the grand total raised by shows and supporters across the country, as well as the top fundraisers and the best bonnet design. “To see this level of excitement from old friends at long-running productions and new friends from this season’s smash hits reminds us all of the joy we share when everyone comes together


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The award for best presentation went to the cast of The Lion King for a heartwarming dance that explored a moment in the life of a young couple. Cast members India Bolds-Browne and Malcolm Miles Young performed fellow castmate Ray Mercer’s piece, set to the spoken word poetry of Shanessa Sweeney. First runner-up for best presentation went to The Phantom of the Opera. Alumni cast members paid homage to the show’s 35-year run on Broadway by parodying the show’s harrowing romance in a humorous skit set in a New Jersey nursing home. Raissa Katona Bennett, Cris Groenendaal, Katharine Heaton, Scott Mikita, Howard McGillin and Nick Wyman returned to sing the music of the night.

The award for best bonnet design went to Chicago. Created by Patrick Rinn and the Chicago wardrobe department, the bonnet was an elaborate double feature that honored the closing of The Phantom of the Opera and the ascension of Chicago to status as the longest currently running show on Broadway. In addition to the performances by Chicago, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera alumni, also appearing in the show were the companies of Bad Cinderella; A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical; Hamilton; Kimberly Akimbo and Parade. Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was represented by an electric number by Parsons Dance.

This year’s Bonnet Parade included elaborate head-pieces from Little Shop of Horrors, Six and Some Like It Hot. The parade also included a touching tribute to Starlite Deli, Broadway’s favorite sandwich shop, which closed in the spring after 39 years. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS affiliate organizations Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina created beautiful bonnets featured in a number that made clear the impactful mission and initiatives of each organization. National touring productions were honored with a number

conceived and choreographed by Lainie Sakakura. The piece focused on the challenges of life on the road and the joy of reuniting and featured real-life families. The show's opening number featured James Jackson Jr. and Sonya Balsara working to unload the heavy baggage of everything Broadway had been through since the pandemic. Featuring special guests Jeigh Madjus and Jackie Hoffman, the number was written and directed by Billy Hipkins with choreography by Alex Sanchez. Bonnie Milligan closed out the show with an electrifying performance of “Help Is on the Way,” the longtime Easter Bonnet Competition anthem written by David Friedman.

The brilliant work of three legacy bonnet designers also was recognized: Philip Stoehr, who created this year’s opening number bonnet; Ricky Jay Yates for the bonnet of the national tours; and Billy Hipkins for his towering Ghost Light bonnet, which honored the time theaters were otherwise dark during the pandemic. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition was hosted by Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee, Victoria Clark, Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt, Bongi Duma and Lindiwe Dlamini, Kimberly Marable, Stark Sands, Will Swenson and the queens of Broadway’s

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Six - Bella Coppola, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Zoe Jensen, Taylor Imán Jones, Nasia Thomas and Hailee Kaleem Wright. Special guests Carolee Carmello, Arian Moayed and Brandon Uranowitz introduced the esteemed panel of judges that selected the best presentation award winners.

TOP FUNDRAISERS BROADWAY MUSICALS Top Fundraiser & Juliet............................... $231,536

This year's judges were veteran Broadway producer and Broadway Cares Trustee Barry Brown, Kevin Cahoon and Caroline Innerbichler, director and choreographer Wayne Cilento, Jordan Dobson and Linedy Genao, Tovah Feldshuh, Elijah Rhea Johnson and Paulo Szot.

1st Runner-Up

The show was directed by Paul J. Smith, with Mahlon Kruse serving as production stage manager, Ted Arthur as music supervisor.


Since the Easter Bonnet Competition began in 1987, the Spring Fundraising efforts have raised $95.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Easter Bonnet Competition was sponsored by The New York Times.


The Phantom of the Opera... $223,274

2nd Runner-Up Moulin Rouge! The Musical.... $198,586 3rd Runner-Up

Wicked............................... $169,445

4th Runner-Up

Funny Girl............................. $166,178

Top Fundraiser A Doll’s House..................... $176,480 1st Runner-Up

Pictures from Home.............. $86,373

OFF-BROADWAY PLAYS AND MUSICALS Top Fundraiser Little Shop of Horrors.......... $54,441 1st Runner-Up

The Play that Goes Wrong..... $43,198

NATIONAL TOURS Top Fundraiser Wicked - Munchkinland..... $204,090 1st Runner-Up

Hamilton - Philip................ $112,731

2nd Runner-Up Frozen.................................. $96,348 3rd Runner-Up

Six - Aragon........................ $94,008

40 COMPANIES RAISED $3,601,355

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Entertainment Community Fund

Making Health Insurance Accessible for All in the Entertainment Industry


erched 12 floors above the bright lights of the New York theater district in the Entertainment Community Fund’s offices, Renata Marinaro is passionately protecting performing artists’ access to and understanding of insurance. Her drive to make insurance attainable for all began far from the beating heart of Broadway, though - it started on a cancer hotline. “My job right out of school was working a hotline for people who had been diagnosed with cancer, many of them uninsured,” Marinaro, national health services director of the Entertainment Community Fund, which received a $7.6 million grant from Broadway Cares this year, said. “And at that time, before the Affordable Care Act, being diagnosed with cancer while uninsured meant that you were either going to get substandard care, have to pay a lot of money for it or not get any care at all.” Being on the receiving end of calls where critically ill people were forced to choose between life and death drove Marinaro to be part of the solution. “It really gutted me that there were women, for example, who had to somehow find a way to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for

surgery and chemotherapy and follow-up radiation treatment,” she said. “And then after that, never, ever be able to get insurance again.” The introduction of the Affordable Care Act made receiving lifesaving essential care possible for countless people across the country. However, in a gig-based entertainment industry where artists can be forced to switch between insurance providers on a regular basis, receiving care and navigating insurance plans can become increasingly murky. “As an actor, you might have insurance through an employer one year, through Medicaid the next and through a union health plan the following year,” Marinaro said. “Those are three very different systems that people have to adjust to. It’s really hard.” That’s where the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center comes in. Led by Marinaro and a dedicated team of social workers, and buoyed by ongoing support from Broadway Cares, AHIRC offers personalized health insurance counseling, enrollment support and referrals to health care resources for entertainment professionals onstage, backstage and behind the scenes.

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For AHIRC, its services become even more invaluable when social, political and economic factors complicate matters for the industry. Marinaro has seen a drop in coverage rates through union health plans in the wake of the writers’ and actors’ strikes, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastation continues to ripple through the industry. “Across the board, more people are losing union coverage and having to transfer to Marketplace plans and Medicaid and, in New York, the Essential Plan,” said Marinaro. “Plus, they stopped waiving COVID recertification rules earlier this year, and many people are finding they’re no longer eligible for the free coverage they’ve had for several years. Considering we’ve also been in the middle of a work stoppage for so many, it’s not great timing.” From strikes and work pauses to unexpected life events, Marinaro and her team of insurance experts are there to help performers navigate even the most complex of insurance scenarios. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ connection to the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) reaches back more than three decades, first to the creation of the HIV/AIDS Initiative in 1988. Broadway Cares provided the initial funding for the initiative and continues to provide the majority of its annual budget. In 1996, Broadway Cares expanded its support to provide initial funding to launch the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, and now champions a full suite of social services including Addiction and Recovery Services, The Dancers’ Resource and The Stage Managers’ Project. Since The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts’ inception in 2017, Broadway Cares has supported the medical facility which provides care that specifically addresses the needs of its patients from Broadway and the performing arts. The practice includes family medicine practitioners covering every health question and challenge, as well as an acclaimed podiatrist known for his care for professional dancers and powerhouse specialists focused on gynecology, sports medicine and more.

For example, California-based Entertainment Community Fund social worker Kai Carter helped a woman who was delivering a baby just as she lost union coverage and transitioned into a Marketplace plan. Then, the baby ended up in the ICU - and AHIRC provided vital guidance so the family emerged from their hospital stay healthy and insured.

“ It’s important for people to understand that we are a resource available to them and that we don’t have to go back to the horrible days when people were dying because they didn’t have insurance.”

“That’s why our team is so valuable – we have a lot of expertise in this area,” Marinaro said. “We can translate terms and policies and eligibility guidelines into language that people can understand and act on. We are here to make it easier to find appropriate, affordable care.” While the American health insurance system remains a complex and often frustrating hurdle for many, it’s come a long way since Marinaro received her first call at the cancer diagnosis hotline. And AHIRC remains committed to offering critical services and programs so entertainment professionals can receive the care and support they deserve. “It’s important for people to understand that we are a resource available to them,” Marinaro said, “and that we don’t have to go back to the horrible days when people were dying because they didn’t have insurance.”

- Renata Marinaro In addition to the more than $18.9 million in support to the Fund during the pandemic, Broadway Cares provided the lead gift of $1 million to the Every Artist Thanks to the generosity of Broadway Cares’ Insured initiative, which expands on the Artists Health supporters, Broadway Cares is the largest single Insurance Resource Center’s free and confidential health financial supporter of the Fund. Of the $7.6 million grant the insurance counseling and enrollment support services. Entertainment Community Fund received from Broadway Cares this year, $750,000 has been earmarked for the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center.



Supporting the Safety Net of Services at the

Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative

HIV/AIDS Initiative

$ 1,000,000

$ 300,000

$ 1,000,000

The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts


$ 2,000,000

Flu Shot Program

$ 100,000

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)

$ 750,000

Senior Services

The Dancers’ Resource

$ 250,000

$7,642,500 2023

Miscellaneous Special event sponsorship,

The Career Center

$ 250,000

Addiction and Recovery Services

$ 500,000

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund The Stage Managers’ Project

memorial donations

$ 90,000

$ 1,000,000

$ 52,500 The Paul Libin Center Looking Ahead

$ 50,000

Safety Net for All Campaign

$ 200,000

Safe Workplace Initiative

$ 100,000

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Broadway Bares

Striptease Spectacular Packs Irresistible Rides and Grand Reveals


eon lights and thrilling heights filled the night as nearly 200 of NYC’s sexiest dancers and special Broadway guests delighted two standing-room-only audiences at Broadway Bares: Pleasure Park.

The evening adventure reached heart-racing heights with over-the-top attractions, from an all-male ensemble stripping down at a futuristic, sci-fi-inspired XTRONX ride to the all-knowing, all-baring animatronic Zoltar.

Pleasure Park-goers perused and cruised through worlds of wizardly wonder, dynamic drag, sweet confections, animal queendom and a fantastical waterpark among other tantalizing rides and attractions that gushed with LGBTQ+ pride on June 18 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

An alluring wizard’s trousers vanished in the ultimate disappearing act and aerial dancers and flag-twirlers hit the stage for Prince Charming’s Carousel. Delicious dancers traipsed around the Pleasure Park candy shop and sexy servers plated up tantalizingly hot dishes. Fierce animal queens were unveiled at the bird sanctuary, and chains, whips and stilettos ruled the day in the park’s aptly named Fetishland. A Drag Storytime celebrated icons of queer liberation and protest, while aerialists flowed from daring heights in fluid and death-defying choreography.

Jay Armstrong Johnson and Jonathan Burke starred as a couple at the “grind opening” of Pleasure Park. On their excursion through the theme park like no other, they encountered the sexiest collection of characters, plus trailblazing 2023 Tony Award winners J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell, and platinum-selling recording artist Joanna “JoJo” Levesque. At Pleasure Park’s opening, the eager Johnson and risk-averse Burke were welcomed to the “world of glitter” and “world of pecs” by a powerhouse vocal performance by Jessica Vosk who urged the audience to "get ready for the ride of your life." The opening number of Broadway Bares was choreographed by this year’s co-directors Laya Barak and Kellen Stancil and associate director Jonathan Lee. The number was written by Lynne Shankel and Amanda Green.

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The dynamic finale featured Mykal Kilgore performing his high energy original song “Came Here for Love” with Bares-specific lyrics by Kyle Ewalt, before the stage was flooded with the entire Pleasure Park cast. Broadway Bares creator Jerry Mitchell arrived on the heels of receiving his latest Tony Award, this time the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The philanthropic honor recognized Mitchell for his work on Broadway Bares, which he created in 1992. Mitchell serves as executive producer with Nick Kenkel.

After the show’s finale, Ghee and Newell joined Mitchell onstage, where they thanked the audience and the evening’s sponsors. “Amazing things happen when you show up,” Mitchell said. “That’s what all of you have done year after year, decade after decade. You’ve all shown up in the ways that only you can and only you know how to and it will always make a difference.” This year’s Broadway Bares raised an astounding $1,887,014, including a $200,000 check from presenting sponsor M•A•C Viva Glam. Johnson returned to lead Bares’ famous “rotation,” where the entire cast ended each show dancing to encourage tips from the audience. This year’s rotation raised $22,553. Stripathon, the online fundraiser led by the show’s cast and crew, raised $1,011,499, including $112,104 raised by dancer Mark MacKillop, the most ever by an individual. MacKillop was followed by runners-up Steve Bratton at $32,286, Jennifer Geller at $27,618, Katie Thrasher at $20,001 and Brandon Antonio at $17,387. An inspiring 334 people joined in the online fundraising efforts this year. The Pleasure Park cast of nearly 200 dancers represented 14 Broadway shows from this season. In addition to presenting sponsor M•A•C Viva Glam, Broadway Bares: Pleasure Park was sponsored by Creative Artists Agency, Mark Fisher Fitness, New York Marriott Marquis, United Airlines and ViiV Healthcare.

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Broadway Barks

Furry Friends Find Forever Homes


he cuteness level was set to maximum as Broadway Barks returned to New York City’s Shubert Alley with dozens of adoptable four-legged friends being cuddled and coddled by the bounty of Broadway stars and fans who love them. Twenty-four New York City area shelters and rescue organizations filled the Theater District’s Shubert Alley in New York City on July 8 for the 25th anniversary of the annual pet adoption event founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters. The event was hosted by Peters and satirist Randy Rainbow, who welcomed Broadway special guests Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Clark, Josh Groban, Laurie Metcalf, Bonnie Milligan, Bebe Neuwirth, Will Swenson and many more, all appearing with a parade of adoptable pets. The playful puppies and charming cats, eager to find their forever homes, took the spotlight as the actors introduced the animals available for adoption and urged attendees to fill out applications. Since its inaugural event in 1998, more than 2,100 cats and dogs have found their fur-ever homes through Broadway Barks. Clark introduced to the crowd her own rescue, Ollie, a 6-year-old Golden


Retriever who found his forever family through one of Broadway Barks’ rescue organizations. “Ollie was very sick when we got him and weighed only 37 pounds,” Clark said. “He’s gained 40 pounds now and is just a fantastic dog. When you get a rescue, they really know when they’ve been saved and it means the world to them. He knows how loved he is.” Broadway couple Clyde Alves and Robyn Hurder found their own four-legged friend to love. Alves introduced an adorable pup named Tommy from Bideawee, one of the rescue organizations. “I was drawn to him because Tommy is the name of my character in New York, New York,” Alves said, later noting that his Broadway debut was as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. “He’s just been chilling in my arms and giving me kisses, which are definitely welcome.” The canoodling was so successful that Alves and Hurder adopted Tommy. This year’s event opened with a 20-year reunion of cast members from the 2003 revival of Gypsy, which starred Peters. Later in the afternoon, Groban led the cast of the Broadway’s Sweeney Todd revival in a playful parody of the show’s opening number, redubbed “Sweeney Dog.” Broadway Barks producers were Richard Hester, Patty Saccente and Scott T. Stevens. PHOTOS

National Grants

Agencies Adapt to Unique Challenges with Unmatched Care


arryl Cannady will stop at nothing to keep his community healthy. For more than 30 years, the executive director at South Central Educational Development in Bluefield, WV, has been doing vital work supporting people living with HIV/AIDS in a rural and remote region. And with the closest infectious disease doctor at least 50 miles away from so many he serves, Cannady is powered by a scrappy and adaptable energy that ensures safety for his clients. “We have the food pantry and we offer emergency services,” Cannady said. “We’ll help with electrical bills and rent. We’ve purchased batteries and tires for cars. We will pretty much try to provide the client whatever they need to ensure they can make it to their medical appointments or have a healthy meal.”

These latest grants were awarded by a National Grants Committee of 21 actors and stage managers who helped lead their shows’ efforts in the Spring Fundraising Campaign. Some 650 miles from West Virginia, Liberty Community Services in New Haven, CT, adapted its housing program to aid the rapidly increasing number of unhoused people seeking help. “These last three years have overflowed with challenges to our community,” Executive Director Jim Pettinelli said. “From the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic to a double digit increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness and an ever-present opioid epidemic - every day, each of these impacts, disrupts and endangers the lives of the people we serve.”

During these unprecedented past few years, agencies across the country have had to be like Cannady, staying agile and responsive to their communities. Broadway Cares’ donors play a vital role in making sure those organizations stay supported so they can continue to provide lifesaving, critical care - like South Central Educational Development, which received a $10,000 grant this year. They’ve been a grantee of Broadway Cares for 27 years.

Despite the endless barrage of challenges, the Liberty team has opened new lines of services and scaled up existing ones, buoyed by a $10,000 grant from Broadway Cares.

Broadway Cares’ 2023 National Grants Program awarded $9.1 million to 451 social service organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Earlier this year, a record $2.8 million was awarded to 141 food service and meal delivery programs and $1.13 million to 43 of the largest AIDS service and nationally recognized advocacy organizations.

The grants are awarded in three rounds each year. The final round of grants this summer, which included South Central, helped organizations that provide direct client services, emergency assistance, harm reduction and quality of life services.

The $7,500 grant to N Street Village in Washington, D.C., means clients like Iva, who’s been unhoused for more than a decade, could move into permanent housing. “N Street gave me the resources and tools to reclaim my life,” Iva said. “I am so grateful for that, and I know it would not have been possible without you.”

“We’re serving more people today than ever before,” Pettinelli said. “Our work will continue to evolve to find the best ways to respond to our clients’ needs.”

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Broadway Bets

Broadway’s Official Poker Tournament Raises Stakes at Long-Awaited Return


roadway's most beloved eatery sparkled with big names, esteemed theater insiders and loyal supporters who answered the spirited cry to "shuffle up and deal" at the celebrated return of Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament.

partner, head designer and creative director at Cabin Modern; Tom Cerabino, chairman at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. This year’s record pushed Broadway Bets’ total fundraising in its six editions past the $1.5 million mark.

The full house of players on May 22 featured leading lights from across the industry, including theater owners, producers, actors, theatrical executives, advertising and marketing leaders and Broadway fans. It was a triumphant return for Broadway Bets, which had been on hiatus since 2019 because of the pandemic. Among the stars of stage and screen upping the ante as players were Robert Creighton, Christopher Innvar, Ramin Karimloo, Mike Myers, Anthony Rapp, Jarrod Spector and Aaron Tveit.

The tournament directors were Mark Shacket, partner at Foresight Theatrical, Brett Sirota, co-founder and partner at The Road Company and Alex Wolfe, associate general manager at Foresight Theatrical. Broadway Bets’ founding co-chairs are Paul Libin, executive vice president emeritus of Jujamcyn Theaters and president emeritus of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees, and Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization and president of the Broadway Cares Board of Trustees.

The evening started with 28 Texas Hold ’em poker tables and 400 card players and onlookers filling two floors of the iconic Sardi’s restaurant in NYC’s theater district. It culminated with 10 players perfecting their poker faces to reach the championship table.

This year’s Broadway Bets was made possible by City National Bank, the official bank of Broadway Bets; United Airlines, the official airline of Broadway Bets; bar sponsor Some Like It Hot; and Benefactors Peg & Gary Wendlandt and in memory of Scott Barnes.

The epic final face-off featured Jeremy Hollingworth, partner and president of Cabin Modern and Broadway Bets regular Julie Scheer. Ultimately, Hollingworth was crowned Broadway Bets champion when he bested Scheer with a pair of eights and a pair of sevens.

“Full House” table sponsors were Foresight Theatrical, AKA, The Araca Group, The John Gore Organization (Broadway Across America,, Jujamcyn Theaters, The Nederlander Organization, The Pekoe Group, PRG, The Road Company, Serino Coyne, The Shubert Organization, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Situation, SpotCo and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. “Two Pair” half-table sponsors were BROADWai, Chart Chart Graph (Brian DeVito), Crossroads Live, EBG, The New York Times, RoadCo Entertainment, Sony Music Masterworks and TodayTix Group.

The final table also featured, in order of finish: Taylor Maimbourg, director of ticketing at The Nederlander Organization; Joel Szulc, business manager at Main Street Theater in Houston; actor Jarrod Spector; Paul D'Antonio, director of security at The Shubert Organization; Michael Rego, CEO of The Araca Group; Josh Lerman, SVP at Sony Music Masterworks; Jillian Chaitin,


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Larry Kramer Memorial

Service Honors a Fiery Artist, Activist and Friend “Why can’t anyone say plague?” These stirring words from the HBO documentary Larry Kramer in Love and Anger echoed throughout Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre during a June 26 memorial service honoring the legendary playwright, author and activist Larry Kramer. The memorial was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with a committee of Kramer’s closest friends and comrades in arms. With this electrifying question, Kramer set out to fiercely challenge how the public and politicians alike were referring to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Through his words - written, shouted in the streets and demanded from podiums in NYC and across the nation - Kramer demanded an answer. For silence was unacceptable and did indeed “equal death” for those he most loved. At Kramer’s most unrelented insistence, AIDS became a part of the national conversation. Kramer, the late playwright and AIDS activist, was a dedicated friend of and advocate for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS from its inception. Since the organization’s grassroots beginnings, Kramer viewed Broadway Cares as an essential thread in the fabric of activism, advocacy and support that reached out and punched through the entrenched stigma, disdain and homophobia faced by both the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities. He saw and appreciated Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for both verbs in its name: “cares” and “fights.”

and Peter Staley, writers Will Schwalbe and Calvin Trillin, and Kramer’s beloved husband, David Webster. But the celebration’s most candid and heartfelt remarks were delivered by Dr. Anthony Fauci - for nearly four decades the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci described his long, complicated relationship with the man who blamed him for the Reagan administration’s negligent response in the early years of the epidemic and ended in 2020 with a brief conversation in which Kramer whispered, “I love you, Tony.” And Fauci replied, “I love you, too.” “I guess what motivates me is what is right and what is wrong,” Kramer said in an interview with his biographer, Bill Goldstein. “It’s not complicated. That’s why coming up against AIDS in 1981, it just wasn’t fair how they were ignoring us. And the problem with living as long as I have is coming up against it all again.” The evening remembered a man who instilled equal parts love, respect and fear into so many, including his best friends, closest associates and public adversaries. His impact for those who lived and continue to live with HIV/AIDS leaves behind an everlasting, indelible and both brilliant and searing legacy.

Stories of his explosive yet endearing nature permeated the afternoon’s event. As directed by Trip Cullman, it featured dedications and songs from Anthony Roth Costanzo, John Cameron Mitchell and Tonya Pinkins, as well as scathing, hilarious and poignant remembrances from playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner, director George C. Wolfe, documentary producer Sheila Nevins, ACT UP NY veterans Ann Northrop, Eric Sawyer Behind the Scenes


Fire Island Dance Festival

Four World Premieres, Celebrated Companies Shine on Pines Stage


ife’s gorgeous expanse was at the forefront of this year’s Fire Island Dance Festival, expressed through stunning dance and stories, all enhanced by the power of nature as it played out on the scenic backdrop of the waters of the Great South Bay. The longest-running charitable and cultural event in Fire Island Pines raised a record $700,572 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year’s captivating performances July 14-16 included six world premieres by choreographers Raja Feather Kelly, Alec Knight, Jonathan Lee, Ray Mercer, Paul McGill and Skyla Schreter, featuring a solo, pas de deux, trio and three ensemble pieces. Opening the show was choreographer Mercer, who returned to Fire Island Dance Festival with the world premiere of Love is Luv!, a piece celebrating love in all forms. Schreter’s pas de deux Momento Mori found New York City Ballet soloist Ashley Hod and former Philadelphia Ballet member Craig Wasserman exploring the duality of memory.

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Dancer and political activist Ahmad Joudeh, who fled the Syrian refugee crisis with the help of the Dutch National Ballet, shared his original piece Layl (Night). Dying Swans, a tenderly moving pas de deux by Juliano Nunes, depicted the beauty in queer partnerships. Knight’s original work featured New York City Ballet principal Taylor Stanley using their signature shape-shifting versatility to deliver an exploration of the doubts and affirmations of queer partnership. Showdown marked the festival debut for Lee, associate director and choreographer for Broadway Bares, with a piece celebrating 50 years of hip-hop through an old-school dance battle. Former San Francisco Ballet principal Benjamin Freemantle, Broadway’s Gabrielle Hamilton and Jakob Karr and Martha Graham Dance Company soloist Lorenzo Pagano debuted McGill’s The Sunken Cathedral. A live performance by serpentwithfeet with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly navigated the pitfalls of nightlife culture and emotionally unavailable men, presented in collaboration with The Joyce Theater.

Parsons Dance closed each performance with its uplifting excerpt from Whirlaway, a joyous tribute to New Orleans from choreographer David Parsons. Stage and screen star Alan Cumming hosted the festival’s three performances with effortless charm, sharing witty stories and two delightful musical numbers. The Tony Award-winning Cumming swirled through a “kaleidoscope of feelings” in “But Alive” and “Everything.” He was joined by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater alumni Michael Francis McBride and Samuel Lee Roberts. Pianist Henry Koperski provided live accompaniment. Leadership Supporters kicked off the weekend at Whyte Hall with an event generously sponsored by Paul Austin and Dalip Girdhar. Presented in association with Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City’s Masterz at Work Dance Family shared an energetic piece choreographed by Courtney Washington Balenciaga. Due to inclement weather, Sunday’s performance was safely moved to the Albert Lepage Outdoor Pavilion at Whyte Hall, where audiences triumphed against heavy rain for a late afternoon of world-class dance. Since its premiere in 1995, Fire Island Dance Festival has raised more than $8.4 million. Dancers Responding to AIDS and Broadway Cares continued their commitment to health care in the Fire Island Pines community with a $25,000 grant again this year to the Pines Care Center. The grant will help provide access to essential medication and resources for the Fire Island Pines community. Fire Island Dance Festival was generously supported by corporate sponsors The New York Times and United Airlines, the official airline of Broadway Cares, with additional support from The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation in memory of Diana King.

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Broadway Run

Fundraising Runners Jeté Their Way Across NYC’s Governors Island


unners, walkers and theater fans “who move well” made the most of a chilly March morning by joining in the first NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K.

More than 1,600 participants gathered March 25 on Governors Island in New York City for the latest incarnation of Broadway Run, a series of events that unite the theater running community and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The course included stellar views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the impact of the event reached throughout New York City and across the country with nutritious meals, medication and health care. While the morning’s weather delivered drizzle and temperatures hovering in the low 40s, the Spring Fling fundraisers brought the heat, pushing the event’s final total to an impressive $101,891. The Spring Fling was open to everyone and the 100 who joined specifically through Broadway Cares pledged to each raise a minimum of $250, which provides 25 HIV tests at a clinic or 100 healthy meals for those living with HIV/AIDS or dealing with other debilitating illnesses. Mickey-Jo Boucher (from the YouTube channel MickeyJoTheatre) was the top individual fundraiser, raising $10,169. He was followed by Brendon Henderson (from YouTube’s Wait in the Wings) with $4,310; Jimmy Brigman with $2,764; Bruce Sabbath with $2,586 and Zena Kaufman with $2,125.

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The top fundraising team was Theater Tube, which featured seven theater YouTubers and TikTokers. Runners up in the team category were Buns on the Run and Mark Fisher Fitness. Others individuals from the theater community who fundraised and participated in the Spring Fling included Trevor Braun from The Play That Goes Wrong, Ben Laxton and Keziah John Paul from The Book of Mormon, Jamie Salinger and Kate Wellhofer from Kimberly Akimbo, and Carrie St. Louis from Titanique. Suri Marrero, who performed in The Lion King and Frozen and is a veteran of past Broadway Run events, captained the Broadway Kids team. Adding a Broadway flair to the event's day-of festivities, Sarah Bowden from Moulin Rouge! The Musical performed the national anthem. Spring Fling 5K & 10K sponsors included Bird in the Hand NYC, Margaritaville Resort Times Square, Mark Fisher Fitness, PepsiCo, Silver Mirror Facial Bar, Super Runners Shop and Wait in the Wings: A Theater History YouTube Channel.

Devoted Supporters Turn Philanthropic Actions Into Impact


eemingly by accident, but more certainly by fate, Nathan Noh’s serendipitous visit to the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction became a deep commitment to help others. Greg and Karin Kayne channeled grief into a motivating call to make a difference. Danni Gee found a way to make a long-lasting impact on her cherished dance community. They each traveled separate roads, but their journeys all led them to the same place: sharing their time, talents or resources with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to help provide medical care, healthy meals and vital support to those facing illness and life challenges. Four years ago, Noh, an attorney at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, stumbled on the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in the Theater District and thought, “What is this?” Noh scored a last-minute seat at the Live Auction and won the opportunity to be a judge for the Easter Bonnet Competition and Red Bucket Follies.

Noh also joined Broadway Cares’ Bucket Brigade. "My most memorable time volunteering to hold a Red Bucket was at Wicked,” Noh said. “There were so many children in the audience coming up to me with a $5 or $20 bill. Seeing the joy on their faces and being a small part of their journey toward philanthropy is so rewarding." For the Kaynes, it was the tragic and sudden loss of friends and colleagues during the early years of the AIDS epidemic that fueled their desire to give back to their community. Greg was a scenic designer and Karin a Broadway dancer and choreographer. In addition to their annual support as members of the Angels Circle, Greg Kayne is one of Broadway Cares' longest-serving volunteers. He started in 1987, helping with the Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project, which provided essential items to people living with HIV/AIDS.

“ Broadway Cares is our outlet to honor the memories of “Broadway Cares is our outlet to honor the memories of those we lost.” those we lost,” Greg Kayne said, “while supporting our community and people in need across the country.” - Greg Kayne

It was during those events that Noh began to understand how impactful a commitment to Broadway Cares could be and he wanted to get more deeply involved. Now, Noh is a Visionary Circle supporter and member of NextGen Advocates, the executive committee of Broadway Cares' young professionals group, the NextGen Network.

Danni Gee connected with Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in its earliest days just as she was starting her professional career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Gee has been involved ever since, first asking audiences to donate after dance performances. Now, as director of programming for The Joyce Theatre in New York, Gee is a member of the Angels Circle because "everyone should have access to resources to benefit their well-being." To learn how you can become more involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as a donor or volunteer, contact Behind the Scenes


Love of Theater Leads to Lifesaving Gift Emily Chen lives and breathes Broadway.

“I learned about the Colleen Dewhurst Legacy Society and the decision to leave Broadway By day, she works in Broadway merchandising. Cares in my will came easily.” By night, Chen’s a frequent theater-goer and committed Broadway Cares Red Bucket In making this deeply personal decision, Chen volunteer. ensures that those living with life-threatening illnesses continue to have the care and “As an avid theater fan and monthly donor, resources they need and deserve well into the including Broadway Cares in my estate future. Her legacy gift is an essential part of planning is a way for me to give back to those our community’s strength and promise to take who give me so much joy,” Chen said as she care of each other. proudly sat in front of her signed original cast poster of Hamilton, which she purchased at Now six months cancer free, she’s back the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. making the 45-minute commute each way to “I feel like I’m making a difference for my hold a Red Bucket after shows this fall. Chen beloved theater community while also hopes her story will inspire others to think leaving a legacy of care for so many across about what kind of legacy they want to have. the country.” “Everyone can make a difference, she said, now and into the future.” In 2022, Chen was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. “It forced me to get clear For information on how to leave a legacy about my values and what’s important to gift and join Chen as a member of the me in this lifetime,” the 41-year-old said. Colleen Dewhurst Legacy Society, contact Nick Mayo at

CareTix Puts Theater Lovers in the Best Seats in the House When Cathy Chernoff needs theater tickets, she knows she’s got a personal concierge at the ready to help her get great seats while making a difference for those facing life-threatening illness or other life crises. “When independent ticket agencies disappeared long ago, I needed to find a ticket source I could trust and depend on to provide me with the personal services that I had been used to,” Chernoff, a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supporter for nearly 30 years, said. “I found CareTix. They’re just a phone call or email away and staffed by highly informed theater lovers. I really don’t know what I would do without what I genuinely consider ‘my friends’ there. I find it a privilege to support Broadway Cares and in turn get great house seats when I want them.”

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The CareTix program provides access to house seats for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, Equity national tours, select music and dance events, as well as many regional theatrical programs. For most shows, the tickets cost twice the face value with half of that being a tax-deductible donation to Broadway Cares. Locations vary by show depending on what each producer determines are their best seats in the theater. CareTix regular Hank Alpert summed up his experiences in just 16 words: “Great seats, great service and being able to give back to the community. A triple play!” Start your CareTix journey by sending an email to Jenna Adamek, your personal theater ticket concierge, at to grab your seats at this winter’s hottest shows.

Visionary Circle and Angels Circle The following are members of the Visionary Circle and Angels Circle as of September 30, 2023. Names in bold indicate Premier 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. We thank these Visionaries and Angels who provide essential support for those affected by HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses across the country. For more information about the benefits of the Visionary Circle or Angels Circle visit or contact Sarah Cardillo at 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 Craig Newmark Philanthropies The Dream Alliance The Fred Ebb Foundation Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Marc & Mary Lou Seidner The Shubert Organization Peg & Gary Wendlandt


gifts from $50,000 to $99,999 John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Jerry & Terri Kohl Judith Light & Robert Desiderio Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White Brian S. Snyder Hollis Stern Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch Anonymous (1)


gifts from $25,000 to $49,999 Benard L. Maas Foundation Laura M. Boedeker James & Debbie Burrows Gavin Corcoran in memory of Charles Wallace Collier William W. Donnell Toni Downey Mary D. Fisher Joy Henshel Judi Krupp in memory of Rebecca Luker

Larry L. Luing Family Foundation Richard Lin & Evan Zazula Mary Lea Johnson Richards 1997 Charitable Trust in memory of Mary Lea Johnson Richards & Martin Richards James L. Nederlander & Margo M. Nederlander Mary C. & Richard J. Parrish Vaso Petsagourakis The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, San Francisco Jeffrey Seller Kendrick Shope The Ted Snowdon Foundation The Terrence McNally Foundation The Zarley Family Foundation Anonymous (2)


gifts from $10,000 to $24,999 Susan & Crystal Atkins-Weathers Ward Auerbach & Andy Baker* Bainbridge Foundation The Barbara Epstein Foundation Inc. Terry & William Biggins Walter Bobbie & David Frye Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan Barbara Broccoli The Carl Jacobs Foundation The Crimson Lion / Lavine Family Foundation Scott Dainton in memory of Andy Zerman The Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation Frank Duff & John Okuloski Doug Eichman & Michael C. Yount Robert Evers Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele

The Fosdick Fund Ronald & Susan Frankel Kenneth R. Fulton Thomas Gentile in honor of James Raper George & Irina Schaeffer Foundation Valerie Gordon-Johnson & Doug Johnson John Gore & Lauren Reid/ The John Gore Organization Harriett D. Kittner Foundation The John D. Evans Foundation Karen Johnston Ilana Kameros Greg Kammerer & Frederick M. White Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation Emily J. Klopfer Arabella Langhorne Joe Lanteri* Deirdre & Mark LeMire Joseph Levi Paul & Florence Rowe Libin Leslie Lyles Laura Anne Lewis Mantell, M.D. & Alan Mark Mantell Max and Bella Stein Charitable Trust Leslie & Jordan Mayer Stephanie & Carter McClelland Abigail Merrill Miranda Family Fund Nathan Noh Rob O'Neill & Shawn Anderson The Oliver Fund in loving memory of Dorothy Scott and Gloria Rosenthal Stephen Paine Michael Perez & Jason Lane Marina & Thomas Purcell Michael C. Ray Michael Raymond & Andrew Moyer

Richenthal Foundation Barbara Rohdie* Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy The Rosenbloom Family Meryl Rosofsky & Stuart H. Coleman* The Ross Foundation Spencer Ross Paul Rumsey Wendy B. Samuel Noah Evan Samuels in memory of Anne Samuels Roberts Scarlet Feather Fund Pieter Schenck & Sioux Logan* Isabelle Searle Jayne Baron Sherman Amy Sherman-Palladino Beth Siegelman Paula L. Sindlinger Rob Stoll Steve Sweet The Tapper Gorevic Family Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum Theatrical Stage Employees Local One/IATSE The Venable Foundation John Voege & Geoffrey Paul David Wackman & Jason Rardin The Waldman Foundation Dr. Fredric & Mrs. Cynthia Weiss Barbara Whitman The Winston Foundation Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz Diane M. & Kevin Wilshere Alicia Longobardo Wyckoff John Yonover Zion Lutheran Church Robert E. Zimmerman Anonymous (10) Anonymous Anonymous*

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Angels Circle Guardian

gifts from $5,000 to $9,999

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation The Alpuche Family The Alice Ghostley Foundation Richard Ambrose Whitney Arcaro ATPAM - Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers Douglas Bella & David Hunt Kristin & Jim Bender Bendit Family Foundation Nancy Duggan Benson Mark Bergamini & Christopher Oates* Sandy Berlin Lynn A. Booth Carol Bresler & Carolyn Billinghurst Butkiewicz Family Foundation in honor of Judy Wheeler & Tim Regan Patricia & Carroll Cathey Annette Cerbone & Suzanne LeVan Cathy Chernoff Mitchell & Christine Clarfield Paul & Kelly Cole The Column Awards Gavin Creel E. Gerald Dabbs, M.D. Deborah Dakin Derek Danton & Robert Berk Mike DelBene Jamie deRoy in memory of Bradshaw Smith and Clovis Ruffin Drew Desky & Dane Levens David DeSocio Charles Deull Val DiFebo & J Dixon Byrne in memory of Joseph Molfetta Linda Duncombe Christopher & Candace Edelmann in honor of Mark McClary Ellen Esposito Feinstein's/54 Below Barrett Foa Lauren Foley Barbara H. Freitag Gerda Lissner Foundation Inc. in loving memory of Scott Barnes & Brian Kellow

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Joanna Gleason & Chris Sarandon Judy Gluckstern* Dan Goggin Jan & Steven Golann Amanda Green & Jeffrey Kaplan James F. Haag Alison Hall The Herb Ritts, Jr. Foundation Theresa D. Herman Larry Hirschhorn & Melissa Posen The Joe & Hellen Darion Foundation, Inc. John L. McHugh Foundation Kelly Karavites in memory of my loving spouse Francis P. King Karma Foundation Andrew Keenan-Bolger LaFountaine Family Foundation** Fran Macferran Jennifer Manocherian Tom Marshall & Kathy Keneally James Martin Elizabeth Martinez & Nicholas Baldick Clif Mathews & Brian Lurie Heather J. McDonald Marianne McGrath Mills Jacque & Charles McLaughlin Irene Mecchi William Megevick in memory of Larz Anderson Jennifer Melin Miller & David Miller Miriam Schaeffer Family Foundation Jerry Mitchell & Ricky Schroeder 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 William Morey in memory of Christopher Tisone Janissa Muller Sarah Anne Munson Thomas M. Neff Nora Roberts Foundation Tony Origlio & Kip Vanderbilt The PATH Fund/ Rockers on Broadway

Petty Hefte Family Foundation Monica & Greg Reid Stephen Kroll Reidy* in memory of Carolyn Kroll Reidy Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Richard and Diane Weinberg Family Foundation Paul Russell & Beryl Raff Randal B. Sandler Megan M. Savage Matthew Schermerhorn & Andy Rice Ryan Schultz - Cherry City Metals Barbara Schrader Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea Carolyn & Marc Seriff James L. Simon Barry Skovgaard & Marc Wolinsky Robin Skye Iris Smith Cori Stolbun Abbie Strassler Lynn & Bruce Surry Steve Symonds John Tartaglia Carol Terry Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE Peter M. Thomas in honor of Lori Black Thomas Thompson Turner Productions The Tweedlie Center for the Arts Twelve Thirteen Ninetyone Fund / Bugged Out Richard J. Underwood Judy Vincent Alice Wang & Peter Spiegelman David J Wermuth & Jennifer Kroman Jim Whitman & Sara McDougall Jayne Williams Russ Woolley Yeoh Shields Fund of Horizons Foundation William P Zanetis in memory of Christopher Tripp Zanetis David Zippel & Michael Johnston Anonymous (10) Anonymous Anonymous*


gifts from $2,500 to $4,999

Randy Adams Aaron J. Albano in memory of Stephanie Bissonnette Sara M. Allan Gerry & Hank Alpert* Kathleen E. Bandhu Anne Banfield Catherine Bannister Jordan Barbakoff & Philip Jeffery in loving memory of Rob Sinacore Bardo Arts (Alex Pearlman) Jack W. Batman & Sidney J. Burgoyne Michael & Kimberly Beatrice Benjamin & Seema Pulier Charitable Foundation, Inc. Dr. Benton & Rachel Brown Andrew Berdon* Elaine D. Berger Mark Bernhardt* Amy Bermudez Claude Bernstein & Melody Wang Phillip Bettencourt Herb & Ron Black Ann Marie & Robert Borsdorf John Bowab Bob Boyett Scott Brittingham in memory of Christopher Caruso The Broadway Cruise in Honor of Amelia Freeman The Broder Foundation Michael Buchanan The Calamus Foundation Christopher Cara Andrew Caravella Cristina Carlson Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty Marc Chalet & James Ting Girlie Chang & Michael Vermut The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, Inc. in memory of Bob & Muriel Kennedy Michael & Diane Christian* Sylvia Choi Neel Chopdekar & Thom Allcock Alissa Cipriano Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr.

Samantha & Drew Cohen in memory of Richard Salfas and Michael Friedman Ricky Coombs & Seth Stuhl Robert N. Cory & Shuichiro Takeda* Susan & Andrew Cott Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson Karen & James Courtney Michael David & Lauren Mitchell Jeffrey De Korte Maria Di Dia in loving memory of Doug Salmon Joe Dimino & Michael Guida Andrew S. Dolkart Mark Donofrio & Alexander Lach* Judy & Tim Dove* Thor Eckert Maryann Edgecomb Anthony, Kristina & David Ellenbogen Deborah & Matt Ellis Eric Emeric Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz Bill Evans & Chuck Fischer in memory of Mike Nichols James T. Evans, PhD, JD Joe Evall & Richard Lynn Craig Faircloth Ken Fakler & Luc Bouchard-Fakler John & Margaret Falk* James & Anna Fantaci James Fedigan Daniel Feinstein Jack Feldman & Matthew Liss Doug Fiebelkorn & Andrew Hall Camden & Debra Fine Ken Finkelstein Kelly Finzer in honor of Michael DelBene Melina Fisher* Elliot Fishman & Dale Abrams Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Charles Flateman & Gail Goldstein Jonathan Foster, M.D. Dale J. Fournier & Michael R. Wellington* Vincent Gaeta Emmanuelle Gattuso Barry Gelda in memory of Irene Lucille Bunis The Gelfand Family Foundation Darrell M.W. George & Scott Turner*

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Richard Ahrens in loving memory of Gloria Rosenthal Susan M. Allardice Christine Amorossi Sally Amoruso Matthew Amsterdam Lee R. Anisman M.D. George Annarella in memory of his wife Corinne Guttman and his brother-in-law Les Guttman The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation Richard Appel Chen Arad Scott Archimbaud & Patrick Douglass Charles Ardai Michael Arellano & Tom Burley Joan Arenstein David Glenn Armstrong in joyful memory of Peter Frame Jonathan Aronowitz & Bradley Scalise* Scott D. Arsham The Arthur Loeb Foundation Austin Community Foundation Dr. Don Bacigalupi & Daniel Feder Jon Robin Baitz Cornelius Baker Robert L. Baker Ian & Kim Band Tobias Banks John Bantivoglio Marie E. Barbieri Christopher & Paris Barclay Laura Z. Barket John Barnes & Charles Champagne Scott Barnes in memory of Brian Kellow Sena Baron* The Barrington Foundation Inc. Christopher Barth Joy, Ben & Judge Baskin Kari Bassett Frederick & Kathy Baumann Jennifer Beck Beech Street Foundation Gary J. Belis Nan & Joe Benincasa Taffy Benjamin Carol & Walter Berman Joni Bessler & Casey Baum Shaul Betesh Phil & Mary Beuth Jon Bierman Robert Billig & Richard Vida Joe Billone Jeff Blumenkrantz & Jeffrey Kwong

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David Boger in memory of Terry Brenneis Matthew Bonilla Miranda Book & Linda Dingler BOOM ~ Broadway Official Online Masterclass ~ Rory Hughes Dave Boone Diane Borger The Boulder Family Jeff Bova in memory of Doris Bova Susan Bowman Yvette Bowser Loraine Alterman Boyle Linda Pritz Boynton Molly Brand & Kaitlin Brand Shirley Brandman & Howard Shapiro Kevin Breen in memory of Harry Gold Hilde Breitbart Kenneth Brendlinger & Paul Inver Nyle Brenner Betty Broadhurst Thomas W. Brock Terri Brody J. Arthur Brost Barry Brown & Douglas Cohn, D.V.M. Jeffrey Brown & Anthony Tan Daniel & Rhonda Bruening Corey Brunish & Jessica Rose Brunish Karen & David Brush Buchwald Catherine & Mike Buchwald Gregg & Christine Buckbinder Diana Buckhantz/Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation David Burke Katherine Burton in honor of Dale Ellen Leff Michelle L. Butler Mr. Lem Byers & Mr. Derek Kuhl Gary Bynum Jeffrey D. Byrne* Michael-Demby Cain* Robert Callely Judith Capawana Steven M. Caplan Esq. Caplin Foundation in memory of Ruth & Mortimer Caplin Sarah & Frank Cardillo Len Cariou & Heather Summerhayes Debra & Kim Carmichael

The Carol Moss Foundation in honor of Kathryn Gallagher & The Gallagher Family The Carole & Mike Miller Foundation David Cartee Frank Carucci & David Diamond celebrating LaMaMa's 62nd Anniversary Donna B. Case Ronald Casty Deborah & Steven Cavalier Beth & George Caviness Ken Cerniglia & Adrien Lanusse in memory of Bryan Louiselle Mr. & Mrs. Henry Chalfant, Jr. Stockard Channing David Charak Charles & Margaret Levin Family Foundation David & Paula Leggett Chase Chasin/Gilden Family Fund, at the Boston Foundation Cheryl Wiesenfeld Productions LLC James & Susan Clarke Joseph M. Clement Clinton A. Cobb Evan Cohen Brad & Kyong Coleman* Lynn Coleman Mary & Michael Conklin Francois Conradie & Nick Smit John Contratti John Cook Kevin Cook Kenneth E. Cooke* Jeffrey Corbin & Massimo Pacilli Barry Cordes Casey Cornelius William Corsello Frederick L. Corte Jr Bronwen Cound & William Brody William Cox Nanette Crist George Crow Rob Crudden The Cunin Family Wojciech L. Czoch M.D. Richard Dabbs Mark Dalton 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 Leonard & Catherine Darby

David Beatty Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation Cara David Heather Davies Camden Davis & Gregory McKnight Clive Davis Paula Kaminsky Davis Yolanda Davis Louis J. Denkovic Mark D. Desky & James D. Mrkvicka John P. DeWitt & Ghim Lay Yeo Tim Devin* Suzi Dietz Patricia S. Dinner Salvatore E. Dirschberger Matt Donaldson & Steve Kyriakis Linda Doyle David & Shari Dreier Chelsea Dunlap Rachel Dvorken & Harry B. Rosenberg, Jr. Earl and Margaret Chesson Charitable Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Felice Ehrlich The Ehrmann Family Fund Valerie Eigner Tim Eippert Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley in honor of Bernie Jacobs and Tom Viola Andy Elisburg Steven Elkin Sam Ellis in honor of Valarie Silver Ellis Eric Emeric Herbert W Engert & Timothy Miller Sabin Epstein Lori & Mickey Etkin Bonnie Pfeifer Evans* David S. & Joan Evans Shane Ewen Kittie Fahey Katie & Reade Fahs Laura G. Fahsbender David Fanger & Martin Wechsler* Peter Farrell* T.A. Fassburg Robert Faust & Roger Kluge* Sarah Jo Fazio Vicky Feather Bruce Feffer Elaine Fieldman

Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP Donald M. Filicetti Lothar Finke Barry M. Fisher Jeanne Donovan Fisher Joal Fischer & Debbie Langsam Mark E. Fite Megan P. Fitzgerald Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow Robert S Fleischer & Susan L Raanan Doug Fogel Katherine Foley Scott Wells Ford Edward & Lori Forstein Mark Fortier & Jay Pagano* Keith Fox & Tom Keyes Sara & Michael Frank Richard Frankel & Kathleen Clark Douglas Frantz Erik Frantzen Avram & Rhoda Freedberg in honor of Steve & Debbie Faber, Meir & Karen Brunelle, Judith Ehrenshaft, Jules Haimovitz, and Michael & Sandra Kamen Jon Freedberg & Maren Roccamonte Jonathan Freeman Alison & Jim French* Bart Freudlich & Julianne Moore James B. Freydberg Corey Friedlander* David Friedman & Shawn Moninger Merle Frimark in memory of James Rado Pierre Frinault David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Susan Frost Jill Furman Jennifer Futch Nancy Gallt Marsi & Eric Gardiner Tom & Judy Garey Leslie & Johanna Garfield Thomas Garner* Tami & Robert Garriott David Gaudette & David Maue Danni Gee* in honor of Ulysses Dove Bruce & Alice Geismar Bryan George & Stephen Pielocik

George Zuber & Anthony Snyder Charitable Fund at Our Fund Inc. Todd Geringswald Amy Gewirtz Kimberly & Ed Gibbons Jillian Gibbs Sue Gilad Tyler Gildan Denise & Keith Gillen Bruce & Suzanne Glassman Joan Glatman Marcia Goldberg & Paul Garrity Barbara Golden Deborah & Jonathan Goldman Sam Gonzalez Gina & Kevin Gore Neal Gorman & David Mann Stefanie M. Gorman Barbara Gottlieb Robert & Wendy Grady Jennifer Graff Dane Grams Nancy Kellogg Gray in honor of Danny Whitman Gerard & Lynn Greco Janet Greene & Chap Chapman Steve Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Ira Greenstein Mark Greenwald Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner Carol & Bill Gross Joli L. Gross Grossman Family Charitable Funds Barry & Maggie Grove Dr. Jeffrey & Mr. Gerald Grove Jane Groveman & Cathy Tanelli* Binan Gu Chris Guimarin Steven Guy John Hadity Edward Hale & Scott Smith Diann Hall in memory of John Rainwater John Halpin in honor of the Leadership Council Elizabeth Halverstam Christina & Jerry Hamilton Katie Hangley & Howard Simon David G. Hanna* in memory of George & Norma Jane Hanna Deborah & Gregg Hanson Rachel Harley in honor of Mark Stine Carrie Anne K. Harrell Michael P. Harrell The Harriet Greenfield Foundation, Inc.

Catherine Harris Harris Family Foundation in honor of Michael Riedel Tom Harvey & Manny Correia Geri & Rich Hastings Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Lisa Heimann & Family Hearst Matthew Helmerich in honor of Douglas Ward Matty Helton Stephen Henry Donna Heppermann Scott Hillier Jerry Hirsch Jason Hodes Jim Hoelz & William Welsh Eileen S. Hoffman Marguerite Hoffman Richard Hoffman Jr & Elizabeth Hoffman Cliff Hopkins Craig J. Horsley Larry Howard Daphne Hsu & Jeff Rosen* Bob & Tim Huber-Fischer Dr. Jaime S. Huertas & Kenneth A. O'Brien* The Human Fund/ Mr. Denivaldo G. Dasilva & Ms. Sabrina Vasquenz-Dasilva Roger Hyde & Mark Gibson* Peter L. Ianniello, PhD Arthur & Jane Indursky Jeffrey L. Jackman Jimmy Jackson Waldo & Jeanne Jackson Tracy Jamar in loving memory of Monty Silver Keith & Patti James Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola Jerl Machine Inc. Stephanie Joel The John W Harris Family Foundation Gina Purlia Johnson & Kent Johnson Barbara Jolson Cherry Jones in memory of Mark Fotopoulos Kemarie Jorgensen Barbara Josso & Liz Miloscia Stacie Julian Jessica Kahn & Scott Bieker Joe & Jill Kale Richard Kantor Rita & Henry Kaplan David A. Karlson Mary Kaslick

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Linkletter Family Rosalind Lippel* Stuart Lippner in memory of Roberta Romano Helen R. Litt, The Litt Family Foundation in memory of Robert de Michiel Kris Lockley Mindy Loiselle & Lanny Levenson Ann & Bruce Loeb David & Angelica Longo John T Love & Jeni Love Frank E. Lucente in memory of Stephen Saikin Donna & Larry Ludwig Steve Lukens Nancy Lukitsh Daniel Lundberg Steven F. Lutz Kevin R. Lyle & Renee Chatelain Mark & William Macatee Kelly McCormick & Jonathan Blake Drew MacDonald J. Patrick Mahoney & C. Martin Hicks Mains Family Foundation Scott Mallalieu & Nat Fuchs Brian Maly Robin & Stewart Mann Barbara Brooke Manning Jesse Manocherian Judith Manocherian Barbara & Jeffrey Marcus Charles & Diane Marino Thomas Marino Barbara Marshall Marshall Family Charitable Foundation Knox Martin* Jane & G. Dennis Mason John & Michelle Matteson* Scott & Harriet Mauro Gail Mautner and Mario Shaunette Heather McAdam Elizabeth I. McCann Mary Beth & Dave McDonough in memory of Eileen Deehan Kevin B. McGowan John & Connie McGuire James McKenzie Lisa Medero David Mednikov Meltsner Strategies Kim Memeger Janis & Alan Menken Neil Meron Michael Halebian & Co. Inc. Michael J. Zamkow & Sue E.

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Berman Charitable Foundation Nancy Milasnovich Sympson Cassandra M. Milbury in honor of E. Van Milbury Gail Miller in celebration of Sophia Smith Richard Miller & Roberto Konishi David Miner Jonathan Mintzer Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola, Paul Libin and Phil Birsh Eric Mogilnicki & Peggy Dotzel Dr. James J. Mohr Kathleen Moloney Mary Ann Moore Rex Morgan Sharon Moriarty Elizabeth Morton in memory of Elizabeth Wilson Adele Mouzon & Mark Perry Scott & Holley Mosley Sandy Mulligan Nao Murakami Murray Family Foundation Stacey & Joshua Nadell Kes & Laura Narbutas Linda & Stuart Nelson Ruth Nerken Maury Newburger No Guarantees Albert Nocciolino Sandy & Ellen Nusbaum David O’Brien Greg Ohanesian & Judy McLaughlin Brian Ogilvie Janice Oresman Jim Ornstein Joseph J. Palermo & Justin W. Sherwood Gabrielle & Michael Palitz Todd Palmer Monica Parekh Tim & Diane Parks Philip Paroian Richard Patt The Paul & Emily Singer Family Foundation Stavros Pavlakis & Alison Fraser Ralph L. Pellecchio & James C. Wernz, M.D. Jeff Perlis Greg & Tracey Petersen Timothy & Suzanne Peterson Theresa & Pete Piliero PM LaMay Family Trust David Porter Charles Potts & Barron Segar

Arabella S. Powell in memory of Darius Barnes Melody A. Powell in honor of John Michael Schott Belinda Presser Stephen R. Prest Paige Price & Nevin Steinberg Rolande Prince Sarah Prinsloo & Dean Rosow QINK Jordan & Rami Raff Christopher Ranous Eileen & James Rath Andrea & Dennis Ratner Gary Reback Rosalind Reed* Dr. Eric Reiner* Norman & Sandy Reisman in loving memory of Artie Gaffin Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas* Michelle & Dyson Richards Michael Risinger Rita & Jeffrey Adler Family Foundation Anne & Thomas Robinson Jonathan Rock & Patrick DelaCruz Rodger Hess Productions Nancy & Paul Rodriguez Susan Rodriguez & Charles Lowrey Larry Rogowsky Lispet N. Roland Pamella Roland Matt Romansky & Emily Greenstein David Romero & David Greiss Rick Rosemarin Kim & Ralph Rosenberg in honor of Sally Rosenberg Samuel W. Rosenblatt Ryan A. Ross & Steven Ross Paul Rossi Karen M. Roth* Bert & Mary Rouleau Randolph & Diane Rowe Phil & Dawn Rudolph Michael Ruppal & Jim Roth Barry A. Russell PhD in honor of Jason Opsahl Ron Rydarowicz & Bill Figner TJ Saad Wynn J. Salisch Rina L. Saltzman Calvin Sanchez in memory of Nick Cordero Polly Weintz Sanna Nina F. Sax, MD Linda Scenna Sarah Schaettle

Susan & Stephen Scherr in honor of Ellen Greenwald Valeria & William Schiemann Carolyn Schiff & Noah Millman S. Fred Schiffman Steven J. Schimmel Leah Schloss Joe & Barbara Schmidt Michael Schober & Don Harrison Allison Schultz Jeanne Schultz John E Schumacher in honor of Joan Johns Schumacher Laurie & Owen Schwartz Lisa Dawn & Joe Schwarz Jennifer Scott Paul & Kate Seavey Katie & Jim Sebastian John Eric Sebesta & William Tomai Richard Seer & Doug Wallingford Debra & Michael Segal Paul Segal Heidi Seizinger Seniel Ostrow Foundation, Sara, Samantha Widzer and Family Lee Seymour Desta & Roland Shaw Eric Shearin Erika Sheehan Kenneth G. Shelley Irene Shen* David Shmerler Bennett & Mary Shuldman Richard Siegmeister Silva Theatrical Group Dan Silver & Doug Martino Harrison Simmons Epstein Nancy L. Simon Ed Simonelli & Hernando Cortez Jr* Charles & Pat Haynes Sislen Cathy & Bob Smith Clark Smith Michael Smith Peggy & Stan Smith in honor of Steve Friedman James K. Sokol Talya Sokoll Geula Solomon Nicholas & Barrie Somers Jeff Soref & Paul Lombardi Jai Srinivasan Irwin Srob The Stanton Family Start It! Foundation Andrew W. Stern Sandra Stern Eric Stine David Strassler

Meryl Streep & Don Gummer Stuart S. Applebaum Giving Foundation in memory of Mr. Vincent Virda Veena Sud Stephen L. Sweet Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Renaissance Charitable Foundation Ronald J. Szabo Christopher Taggart & Tim Roberts Rod Tailford & Mark Flickinger Mr. & Mrs. Greg Taubeneck John Taylor Josh Taylor & Joseph Grossmann Hal Tepfer & Stacie Simon Stephen Thayer & Howard Terry Neal Thomas Bobby Conte Thornton, Lisa Conte & Napo Teresa Throenle-Somaini Dwight Tierney & Dina Nathanson Natalie Tierney Aaron Tievsky Henry Tisch Keith S. Tobin, M.D. Stacey Tobin

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Marjorie Weinman Ira M. Weitzman Linda Wellendorf John Weltman & Cliff Atkins in honor of David Kuehn & Tedi Marsh Lucille Werlinich WeTwoKings Carol & Tom Wheeler Nancy A. Wheeler Gina White in honor of James Davis Kat White 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 Charlotte Wilcox in remembrance of Gary Gunas Miles Wilkin in memory of Stuart Thompson Mo & Cheryl Willems Janice Willett Lisa Williamson Skye Wilson Alison Wintman in honor of Sherri Goldberg

Jacqueline Wladis Dr. & Mrs. Thomas & Barbara Wright Supriya Wronkiewicz Joshua Yankovic Lori A. Yaspan Llewellyn Young & Terence Law* Jean M. Zajac Sonni Zambino in memory of Panchali & Scott Alan Zarky & Helen Halpert David Ziff & Alan Bell Christian Zimmermann* in loving memory of my beloved husband Richard M. Kielar Alan Zucker Zufall Family Foundation* Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (35) *Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle **Indicates members of the Broadway Cares and DRA Angels Circle

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Trim the Tree Tis the season for this year’s edition of collectable Playbill ornaments. This collection of six Playbills is the 12th set to commemorate long-running Broadway musicals. Broadway Cares Classic Collection Playbill Ornaments Volume XII:


Stuff Your Stockings Celebrate the season with your favorite Broadway shows as they come together with festive carols for Broadway Cares. This year’s edition, which includes digital download, is set to feature the casts of & Juliet, Hamilton, Sweeney Todd and more. Carols for a Cure 2023: Volume 23


Chita Rivera Broadway Legends Ornament Add some leading lady energy to your home with Chita Rivera’s luminous Broadway Legends ornament. The ornament features Chita as Spider Woman/Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, adorned in the show's iconic and hauntingly beautiful spider web costume. Broadway Legends is a series of glass ornaments honoring the legendary musical theater stars of Broadway, created exclusively for Broadway Cares by Christopher Radko Company.

Broadway Legends: Chita Rivera

$75 More Broadway Legends also available, including Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald and Billy Porter.




5 Questions The success of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS comes not only from those making personal donations of 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? LOUISE KIM: My beautiful ride buddy from

the Boston to New York AIDS Ride, Steve Bratton, was performing for the first time at Broadway Bares. He told me I could see him for free if I volunteered. So, I signed up for a shift and ended up helping the whole weekend. JELANI REMY: I first got involved when

I was in the national tour of High School Musical. I volunteered to hold a Red Bucket at the end of a performance and learned about what those buckets meant and how they help.

TERRENCE J. WITTER: At Fences, the first show I stage managed in NYC in 1987, we received a letter from the cast of La Cage about raising money for people with AIDS. The theater community was decimated by this nightmare disease. We were desperate. We took up a collection among the cast and crew and took it to the first Easter Bonnet Competition, held between a Saturday matinee and evening performance of La Cage aux Folles at the Palace Theatre. This first Easter Bonnet raised just over $17,000. It was hugely empowering for all of us. A movement had begun.

What motivates you to work with Broadway Cares? LOUISE: The people, both staff and

volunteers, motivate me with their genuine kindness and selflessness. I’m also motivated by the grants that help people in the neighborhood and across the country with lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. JELANI: Seeing how it brings the community together. It’s inspiring to see friends and colleagues giving back!

TERRENCE: “Service gives us a purpose” is my

mantra. Remembering loved ones taken away so young has been very motivating. What is your favorite memory of making a difference through Broadway Cares?

LOUISE: I have too many favorite memories to choose from. JELANI: It has to be when I directed and hosted the online fundraiser Home for the Holidays during the pandemic. It was so much fun for creative minds and was so diverse, as well as including my family. It was such an uplifting experience during such a down time for our industry.

Louise Kim Volunteer

TERRENCE: A little girl coming up to me after

a curtain appeal and emptying coins out of her pockets, and then digging through her bag and pulling coins from there. Tiny fistfuls of coins, blushing, saying, “I’m sorry for all the change but it’s all I’ve got.” And a little boy giving some crumpled bills as his mother whispered to me, “He’s giving up his whole allowance.” Children learning to care for others are my favorite memories of making a difference through Broadway Cares. As a member of the theater community, why is it important to you to give back?

LOUISE: My volunteer work allows me to

Jelani Remy

Actor in Back to the Future: The Musical

make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Giving back contributes to the overall well-being and resilience of communities. JELANI: It is important to give back because we care. We artists have such empathy and compassion - especially for those in need. We are fortunate and know that we all win when we succeed together. TERRENCE: We are all connected. We are

responsible for one another. Broadway does care. Describe Broadway Cares in three words.

LOUISE: Love. Advocate. Supportive. JELANI: Simply the Best.

Terrence J. Witter Stage Manager at Aladdin

TERRENCE: Angels among us.

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