SUPPORT EXPANDS FOR
THE ACTORS FUND B R O A DWAY
BA C K WA R D S
FOOD GRANTS INCREASE
N AT I O N W I D E
HUDSON VALLEY DANCE FESTIVAL
SALUTING 20 YEARS OF STUDENTS FUNDRAISING
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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends,
Behind the Scenes is published by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
It’s either a vicious cycle or lifesaving solution. Effective medication is an important component in preventing the spread of HIV. But without proper nutrition, medication for HIV is decidedly less effective. A decent meal can be the first line of defense and the road back to health and recovery.
firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Viola, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lane Beauchamp, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Larry Cook, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Valerie Lau-Kee Lai, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS Robert E. Wankel, PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Mary McColl, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Sherry Cohen,THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY Paul Libin, PRESIDENT EMERITUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cornelius Baker Joe Baker John Barnes Scott Barnes Joseph Benincasa David Binder Chris Boneau Barry Brown Kate Burton Robert Callely Kathleen Chalfant Gavin Creel Alan Cumming Gavin Darraugh Michael David Maria Di Dia Paul DiDonato Sam Ellis Richard Frankel Roy Harris Richard Hester Richard Jay-Alexander
Cherry Jones Nathan Lane Jay Laudato Peter Lawrence Joe Machota Nancy Mahon Kevin McCollum Terrence McNally Jerry Mitchell Bernadette Peters Chita Rivera Jordan Roth Nick Scandalios Robert Score Kate Shindle Philip J. Smith Charlotte St. Martin David Stone Tim Tompkins Tom Viola (ex-officio) Channing Wickham
BEHIND THE SCENES Editors Tom Viola, Lane Beauchamp Layout & Design Angelica Franklin
Thanks to your generosity of spirit, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS continues to support food service providers dedicated to making nutritious meals available to those living with HIV/AIDS. These meals offer a lifeline, a safety net that can ensure some modest degree of wellbeing, helping to ensure that HIV/AIDS can be a managed chronic condition, rather than deadly disease. Broadway Cares funds 15 of the most important and essential meal delivery programs in the largest metropolitan areas across the country, including ones in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Each prepares and delivers between 10,000 and 25,000 meals each week to those most in need. That’s millions of meals each year. In addition to support provided to these 15 “giants,” there are more than 100 food service providers of all varieties and sizes. They are community-based congregate meal programs and food pantries that offer meals and groceries to individuals and families that otherwise could not count on regular, balanced meals, relying instead on fast food or skipping meals altogether. In the pages of this edition of Behind the Scenes, you’ll read about how your support of Broadway Cares provided $2.1 million in grants in January, helping all these food service organizations create a blanket of support that reaches all corners of our nation. You’ll also read about our continued - and expanding support of the vital programs of The Actors Fund, helping everyone in the entertainment and performing arts industry in times of need, crisis and transition. This issue shines a spotlight on several exciting collaborations with The Phantom of the Opera and many of the fashion industry’s leading designers; with Saks Fifth Avenue and its holiday window display; and with the unbelievable Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical. All this, combined with our first Red Bucket Follies, Broadway Backwards, Hudson Valley Dance Festival and so much more. It reflects a season of record-breaking support that we’ve been able to share with those who are most vulnerable. Thank you for helping us prove, every day, that what we do together makes a difference. Sincerely, Tom Viola Executive Director
Writer Francesca Toscano Contributors Mo Brady, Sarah Cardillo, Gary Damiano, Susan Slotoroff Design Contributor Jenny Garcia Photographers BFA For Saks, Mo Brady, Curtis Brown, Whitney Browne, Jeremy Daniel, Daniel T. Gramkee, Alon Koppel, Michael Kushner, Lou Manna, Matthew Murphy, Brian Rardin, Steve J. Sherman, Monica Simoes, Allison Stock, Jonathan Tichler, Tom Viola, Nina Wurtzel On the cover: Gavin Creel and Andrew Rannells at Broadway Backwards by Curtis Brown
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Avenue Q: Gone “For Now,” But Never to be Forgotten This spring, the New York theatre community says “Happy Trails” to one of its longest-running hits, Avenue Q. Inseparable from smart-tongued lampooning was an extraordinary amount of heart, much of which shared with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Through its nearly 16-year run on Broadway and off, opening first to acclaim at the Golden Theatre before moving to New World Stages for an additional resilient 10 years, Avenue Q has been an important part of the Broadway Cares family. At our Easter Bonnet Competition and Red Bucket Follies celebrations, in particular, the company was known for a reliably uproarious performance. Avenue Q leaves an indelible mark not only the history of Broadway but the history of Broadway Cares. In more than 30 seasons of audience appeals, Avenue Q has raised more than $1.6 million for those who need help the most. Congratulations to Princeton, Rod, Kate, Lucy, Trekkie Monster and the rest of the gang on Avenue Q - and thanks, for now.
“Where does all that money go?”
The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative
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 Dancers’ Resource
The Career Center
Safe Workplace Initiative
The Paul Libin Center
The Stage Managers’ Project
Miscellaneous Annual gala, memorial donations, benefit support, etc.
The Actors Fund Total
National Grants Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 121 organizations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Nationally Recognized AIDS Service and Advocacy Organizations 43 agencies
Local AIDS Service Organizations 307 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services
Theatre Social Service Organizations
Hurricane Relief Grants to Hispanic Federation
Research, Special One-time Grants and Shared Support
Supplemental and Emergency Grants
Physician Volunteers for the Arts Broadway flu shot initiative
National Grants Total
International Grants South Africa organizations in honor of The Lion King
TheatreMAD and others
International Grants Total
2018 Grant-making Total
BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
MISSION STATEMENT Approved by the Board of Trustees on May 27, 2010
• To mobilize the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS; • To ensure direct support specifically through social services and programs of The Actors Fund to all individuals in the entertainment industry affected by critical health issues, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS; • To support organizations across the country which provide treatment or services for people specifically affected by HIV/AIDS and their families; • To promote and encourage public support for national and international programs and services which benefit people with HIV/AIDS; • To increase public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through the creation and dissemination of educational materials;
• 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.
3 Where Does All That Money Go? 5 Red Bucket Follies 8 The Actors Fund 11 Sharing Resources
The Actors Fund National & Int’l Total
12 Broadway Backwards
1987-1992 Equity Fights AIDS 1987-1992 Broadway Cares
14 National Food Grants
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Contributions
17 Education Outreach 18 Hudson Valley Dance Festival 20 Classical Action 21 Partnership Opportunities 22 Angels Circle 26 Broadway Cares Online Store 27 Five Questions
A HISTORY OF GRANT-MAKING
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5/92-12/92 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 * unaudited Grant-making Total 1988-2018
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634,000 1,654,000 1,758,000 1,791,000 2,010,000 2,247,500 2,471,000 2,700,000 2,955,336 2,829,500 2,732,000 3,022,500 3,360,500 3,516,500 3,517,500 3,671,500 4,302,000 3,400,000 4,160,000 4,014,500 4,625,000 4,300,000 4,603,000 5,175,500 5,602,550 5,537,000 5,896,575
$ 2,775,250 $ 1,067,000
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$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
771,780 1,184,119 676,404 707,916 1,400,549 1,342,200 1,711,819 3,039,841 3,033,566 3,238,765 2,689,679 3,115,969 4,437,338 4,469,798 4,518,364 5,152,546 5,737,298 4,492,489 5,824,988 5,305,700 6,218,796 6,190,056 6,091,777 6,780,596 6,452,808 7,836,709 7,794,741
1,405,780 2,838,119 2,434,404 2,498,916 3,410,549 3,589,700 4,182,819 5,739,841 5,988,902 6,068,265 5,421,679 6,138,469 7,797,838 7,986,298 8,035,864 8,824,046 10,039,298 7,892,489 9,984,988 9,320,200 10,843,796 10,490,056 10,694,777 11,956,096 12,055,358 13,373,709 13,691,316
$ 95,262,211 $ 111,283,608 $ 206,545,819
Red Bucket Follies
Unforgettable Shows Break Records and Celebrate Broadway Community Equality, inclusion and joy permeated the performances at this year’s poignant and record-breaking Red Bucket Follies. The show celebrated six weeks of enthusiastic fundraising by 67 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Red Bucket Follies, which was held December 3 and 4, raised $6,113,301, the highest fall fundraising total in Broadway Cares’ 30-year history. The record was announced at the second day of performances by Cherry Jones, Christopher Sieber and Michael Urie. The special guests also presented the awards to the top fundraisers and best performances across the two afternoons. The company of Kinky Boots took top honors for best onstage presentation. In its number, Kinky Boots bid a farcical farewell to Broadway before the hit show closed after six unforgettable years. Dressed in their “True Colors,” a rainbow of head-to-toe spandex bodysuits, cast members performed a punchy parody of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way” as they lamented hardships of saying goodbye to a Broadway show. The best presentation runner-up was the company of Frozen, presenting a radiant dance piece choreographed by Donald Jones Jr. The number celebrated community and acceptance, set to VV Brown’s “What We All Need Now More than Anything is to See People Enjoying Each Other.” This year’s opening number celebrated Asian-American actors on Broadway and commemorated the 60th anniversary of the groundbreaking Flower Drum Song. Stars from the 1958 Broadway production, 1961 movie and first road company joined actors from the 2002 revival and the first national tour for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion. In all, more than 40 Asian performers joined in the onstage celebration, which featured Sandra
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Allen, Marcus Choi, Ali Ewoldt, Ericka Hunter, Alvin Y. F. Ing, Baayork Lee, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Jodi Long and Ashley Park. The number was directed and choreographed by Alex Sanchez and conceived by Leung and Lainie Sakakura. Sharing the turmoil and strength of women speaking their truth to power, The Lion King’s India Bolds, Rosie Lani Fiedelman and Pia Hamilton presented a stirring and emotional dance set to recordings from the Senate testimony of Anita Hill in 1991 and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in 2018. The powerful performance, choreographed by Ray Mercer, closed with the resonant statement, “It’s time to listen to women.” The cast of Hamilton performed an original dance to “Cheering for Me Now,” a recent addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s viral “Hamildrops,” choreographed by cast member Karla Puno Garcia. The cast of Chicago traded their traditional Fosse flair for energetic, uplifting tap dance, choreographed by Beth Johnson Nicely, set to hit pop songs “Survivor,” “Shape of You” and “Bang Bang.” Steven Skeels, joined by Wicked cast members Josh Daniel Green and Chris Jarosz, shared a touching performance of Skeels' original song “Beautiful Boy.” The piece, choreographed by Charlie Sutton, was dedicated to those who’ve lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. Honoring those who were killed in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue shooting in October, the Off-Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof – in Yiddish, led by their legendary director Joel Grey, shared a heart-rending performance of “Sabbath Prayer.” Avenue Q’s Rod fulfilled his RuPaul’s Drag Race dreams when he and his castmates presented “Q Better Work.” The number, based on a song from Everybody's Talking About Jamie, was written, directed and choreographed by John Bantay. NEWSical The Musical’s Christine Pedi displayed her range of riotous impressions when she performed Pippin’s “No Time at All” as a bevy of Broadway icons, from Elaine Stritch to Cher, Ethel Merman to Bernadette Peters and every grand dame in between. To celebrate the hard work of 27 national touring productions that supported Broadway Cares this fall by fundraising, Hamilton’s Garcia also directed and choreographed an uplifting number set to Otis Redding’s “Stand By Me.” As a tribute to the dedicated volunteers who make the red bucket appeals seasons possible, Chaz Wolcott directed and choreographed a heartwarming piece set to the classic “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”
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Seth Rudetsky, host of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” channel and a longtime friend of Broadway Cares, returned to host the show. Rudetsky was joined for one of his classic deconstructions by special guest Jennifer Simard, who provided a slightly different perspective on holiday cheer with “Hurt Someone’s Feelings Today.” Representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Carousel’s Ryan Steele performed choreographer Billy Griffin’s sultry “Is That All There Is?” The piece premiered at this fall’s Hudson Valley Dance Festival. Longtime Broadway Cares supporter and Wicked cast member Kevin Chamberlin led the audience in a moving moment of silence to remember lives lost to and affected by HIV/AIDS. Other special presenters included Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezweni, Poppy Miller and Paul Thornley; and Mean Girls’ Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell and Kyle Selig. Red Bucket Follies was directed by Jason Trubitt with Matthew Kurtis Lutz serving as production stage manager, leading a team of 11 accomplished stage managers. Ben Cohn was music supervisor, and Ted Arthur was music director. Lighting design was by Joel Shier with sound by Marie Renee Foucher and Kurt Fischer. Red Bucket Follies was sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines. PHOTOS & VIDEO
FUNDRAISING AWARDS Top Overall Fundraiser Hamilton - Angelica........$515,152
BROADWAY MUSICAL Top Fundraiser 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up 3rd Runner-Up
Hamilton..................................... $313,971 Mean Girls................................. $202,769 Dear Evan Hansen...................... $170,061 The Lion King............................ $162,109
BROADWAY PLAY Top Fundraiser The Lifespan of a Fact.............. $257,653
OFF-BROADWAY (PLAY OR MUSICAL) Top Fundraiser Fiddler on the Roof - in Yiddish.... $42,053 1st Runner-Up Jersey Boys..................................$37,193
NATIONAL TOURS Top Fundraiser 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up 3rd Runner-Up
Wicked - Munchkinland............$324,945 Dear Evan Hansen..................... $305,412 Waitress....................................$231,020 Come From Away.......................$216,050
67 COMPANIES RAISED $6,113,301
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Expanding Broadway Cares’ Support for the Entertainment Industry From sexual harassment concerns in the workplace to the security of seniors, when there’s a need for support within the performing arts community, The Actors Fund responds. Backed by the ongoing legacy of three decades of financial support from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund helps everyone in the entertainment industry and performing arts address an extensive range of unique and essential needs. The partnership that started by assisting those living with HIV/AIDS has grown to include a wide spectrum of programs, reflecting the evolving needs of all professionals within the industry. Broadway Cares is proud to be the single largest financial supporter of these indispensable programs, awarding $5.9 million to The Actors Fund in 2018. This ever-growing support expanded to two more programs within The Actors Fund last year: the Safe Workplace Initiative and Senior Services. As sexual harassment and abuse allegations emerged in the entertainment world and beyond, The Actors Fund identified a void. “When the revelations of sexual harassment within our industry became apparent and widespread, we knew we had to act,” Tamar Shapiro, director of social services at The Actors Fund, said.
The Actors Fund helps everyone in the entertainment industry and performing arts address an extensive range of unique and essential needs.
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The Safe Workplace Initiative was started by an initial $250,000 grant from Broadway Cares last year to immediately offer ways to address the safety and security of those onstage, backstage and across the industry. The Actors Fund Social Work Supervisor Lillian Gallina conducts trainings at a variety of industry workplaces, from green rooms to boardrooms. The model The Actors Fund built is customized to fit the unique experiences of those within the entertainment industry. Shapiro explains that in the performing arts industry, the lines between what’s appropriate and what’s not can get blurred. With dancers performing physically intimate pieces, musicians sitting in close quarters in Broadway pits and actors performing sexual scenes, boundaries can be difficult to navigate. “Misunderstandings and assumptions can be made, and it can be confusing to know when the acting starts and when it stops,” Shapiro said. “Overall, what we really want to cover is employees feeling engaged in their workplace, knowing their rights as an employee and knowing the basic ways they can support themselves and take action if they're having any workplace issues around harassment and discrimination,” Gallina said. “It's an empowered kind of model. We bring the social service perspective. We're all social workers here. And to really be able to say, as a human experience, how do we value ourselves in the workforce and how do we start toward making a shift through education and empowerment? We want everyone in this industry to be on the same page, to have the same information and to be working from the same framework.”
“We help people know their options and plug into resources, so we can give back to the people who have given so much to us.” Buoyed by Broadway Cares’ financial support, The Actors Fund tailors curriculums to the specific needs of the organization or union they are working with to ensure the information is relevant and digestible. The subjects covered include how to identify harassment in your workplace, the resources available to you and strategies to react, respond and take action. These issues affect a lot of people, Shapiro said. “It’s asking, how do you feel safe at work, what do you define that as, what does that look like and how can your employer ensure your safety? Now, it’s New York state mandated, so it’s not just about sexual harassment: it’s about discrimination and sexual harassment as part of a larger discrimination law. It’s about inclusion and generally feeling safe within your workplace.”
“We work closely with the participants to create programs that they have a hand in developing,” said Traci DiGesu, manager of activities and volunteers at the fund.” Gilda Miros, an actress, model and broadcaster living at the Dorothy Friedman Residence, decided at age 77 to re-start her career. She took filmmaking classes, and now, at 80, she is using those skills with her peers at the Waldman Living Room. “There are classes, meetings, cabarets, we take trips to the Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Moving Image, and I tape them,” Miros said.. “Everyone at the Waldman is my family. I want to preserve this piece of history and share it with the world.” Just across the river in Englewood, New Jersey, the Actors Fund Home provides health care and supportive services for both short-term rehabilitation and long-term residence for seniors in the industry. In 2017, the home opened its three-story Shubert Pavilion, which houses a 25 bed sub-acute center for people who are recovering from illness or surgery and 14 assisted living beds. The facility also includes a rehabilitation center with a fully equipped gym for physical, occupational and speech therapies. To prepare residents for a safe return to their private homes, the rehabilitation center is also outfitted with a full kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities, as well as accessible gardens for residents.
In addition to the creation and implementation of the Safe Workplace Initiative, Broadway Cares expanded its support of Senior Services with a $100,000 grant in 2018. Most recently, this included the opening of the Waldman Living Room in New York City and the expansion of The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey. The Waldman Living Room, which is in The Fund’s Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence, helps combat social isolation and to provide services that will foster stability and resiliency for the senior community. “There are senior centers all over the city, but this is the only one especially created for people within the performing arts,” Lynnell Herzer, supervisor of seniors and disabled services at The Actors Fund, said. “We help people stay in their homes for as long as they can, assisting with accessibility support and finding affordable housing. These people may have made six figures one year and nothing the next, and their retirements reflect that. We want to help them enjoy the most special and fun years of their lives.” The support goes far beyond housing. “Whether it’s legal, financial, medical or social, even coping with anxiety and depression, we’ve got a team to help people over speed bumps,” Herzer said. “It’s life, and life happens. We’re here to be at your side.” At the Waldman Living Room, there are daily activities created to encourage, entertain and empower seniors within the entertainment industry. The growing list of programming ranges from movie screenings to art therapy, from meditation courses to discussions centered around their unique experiences in the performing arts.
“The expansion and modernization of this home will allow us to serve more people, in more ways, with continued compassion and excellence,” The Actors Fund President and CEO Joseph P. Benincasa said. This spring, the home opened The Samuel J. and Florence T. Friedman Pavilion, a two-story addition made possible, in part, by a $250,000 capital campaign donation from Broadway Cares. The pavilion houses 20 memory care rooms, as well as a new medical suite, arts studio, bistro, garden and the Paul and Florence Libin Dining room, named after Broadway Cares’ president emeritus and his wife. “We help people know their options and plug into resources, so we can give back to the people who have given so much to us,” Herzer said. “We’re giving these seniors a chance to enjoy themselves, just as they’ve made possible for so many people in the city and beyond.” The Actors Fund is allowing clients like Miros to flourish, proving that imagination and creation are not limited by age. “With the Actors Fund’s Senior Services, you feel protected,” Miros said. “You feel vital, and you know there are other people like you. We find a channel to express our creativity, our ambitions, our past, and they give us a platform for it. It’s a second home for all of us that are still full of dreams. ”
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Artists Health Insurance Resource Center
AWARDED TO THE ACTORS FUND IN 2018
Working individuals, unions and local performing arts organizations to connect entertainment industry workers to health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.
2018 grant: $450,000
Since 2014: $2,400,000
Addiction and Recovery Services Helping entertainment professionals and their families cope with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction through intensive case management that addresses addiction and its causes.
2018 grant: $450,000
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.
2018 grant: $2,000,000
Since 1988: $53,750,000
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.
2018 grant: $300,000
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.
The Career Center
2018 grant: $900,000
2018 grant: $300,000
Since 2004: $11,311,000
Since 2015: $2,050,000
Since 2007: $2,835,000
Assisting those in the entertainment community identify and ﬁnd meaningful sideline employment or a new career.
Since 1998: $5,085,000
Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative
The Stage Managers’ Project
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.
Maintaining a reliable directory of doctors, specialists and other health care providers in 28 cities for Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions.
2018 grant: $850,000
2018 grant: $100,000
Since 1996: $11,500,000
Since 2005: $846,000
Broadway Extends Generosity to Vital Organizations For six years, Kinky Boots has been “raising audiences up” with its messages of love, acceptance and fabulousness. While the Tony Awardwinning production came to a close on Broadway in April, across its six years its cast and crew showed unending support for and incredible dedication to Broadway Cares. The show raised $2.5 million during the spring and fall fundraising efforts, proving that when you “let love shine, let pride be your guide, you change the world when you change your mind.”
The opening number at December’s Red Bucket Follies commemorated the 60th anniversary of Flower Drum Song and the incredible barrierbreaking performances of Asian American actors on Broadway. The performance brought together decades of Flower Drum Song performers, from the 1958 Broadway production to the 2002 revival, and more than 40 additional Asian performers across Broadway. In celebration of the performers, Broadway Cares made a $15,000 grant to the Chinese-American Planning Council, which promotes social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant and lowincome communities.
In honor of Cyndi Lauper, the show’s Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist, Broadway Cares over the show’s six-year run shared $250,000 of that fundraising with True Colors United, which Lauper co-founded. True Colors United works on innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. “We’ll miss our friends at Price & Sons,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “Because of the extraordinary casts and crew, producers and creative team of Kinky Boots, we all were able to build the love, share the resources, and double the caring and outreach.”
Disturbed by the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, Tony Award winner and My Fair Lady star Laura Benanti joined forces with some of Broadway’s biggest stars to create a bilingual children’s album, Singing You Home: Children’s Songs for Family Reunification. In honor of Benanti and the cast of My Fair Lady and in collaboration with Broadway Cares affiliate organization ASTEP, Broadway Cares was proud to share a $10,000 grant with RAICES, a Texas-based organization helping separated and detained families, unaccompanied minors and others seeking asylum along the border. Behind the Scenes
Record-Breaking Evening Inspires & Empowers LGBTQ Community A bevy of Broadway’s brightest stars joined a sold-out audience on March 11 to celebrate and motivate the LGBTQ community and its allies at this year’s record-breaking Broadway Backwards. The 14th annual edition of the show raised $704,491 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The previous fundraising record was set last year at $680,273. Broadway Backwards, which was produced by Broadway Cares at the New Amsterdam Theatre, featured a cast of 130 performers and a live, 12-piece orchestra. To open the evening, Tony Award winner Gavin Creel and two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells invited the audience to join in the celebration and “come play with [them]” in a playful rendition of “Where You Are” from Kiss of the Spider Woman. They were joined by the Broadway Backwards ensemble in effervescent choreography, created by Paul McGill, which paid homage to some of the most iconic dances in Broadway history. The show rapturously ended with Jenn Colella singing “Louder Than Words” from Tick, Tick...BOOM!, backed by Broadway Inspirational Voices. The soul-stirring performance asked: “Why do we follow leaders who never lead? Why does it take catastrophe to start a revolution?... Actions speak louder than words.”
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Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss, recently seen in TV’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, battled a case of pre-wedding jitters with the rapid-fire patter of Stephen Sondheim’s “Getting Married Today” from Company. Spurred by an overabundance of female attention paid to Tony winner Donna McKechnie, two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth sought to calm her own jealousy in an affectionate rendition of “I Still Get Jealous” from High Button Shoes. The audience revelled in the opportunity to see the two legendary dancers break into Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography, restaged by Stephen Reed. Moulin Rouge’s Robyn Hurder and Fiddler on the Roof’s Alexandra Silber put a twist on the roles of Tulsa and Louise in a romantic restaging of Gypsy’s “All I Need is the Girl.” The piece, originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins, was restaged by Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, who played the role of Tulsa and performed the choreography in the 2008 revival of Gypsy. Tony nominee Ariana DeBose of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical showed off her impressive dancing skills, backed up by a female ensemble, in a fun and flirty rendition of “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” from Bye Bye Birdie. The sultry and salsa-infused number was choreographed by Hamilton’s Karla Puno Garcia.
Iconic Bob Fosse choreography got the Backwards treatment when On the Town’s Clyde Alves and Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s Nathan Lee Graham led Sweet Charity’s “Big Spender.” The song’s quintessential dance hostesses were replaced with an alluring all-male ensemble, with Fosse’s choreography meticulously restaged by Mimi Quillin. A lovestruck Bonnie Milligan from Head Over Heels sought advice from a park bench-sitting stranger in “I Met a Girl” from Bells are Ringing. Tony and Emmy winner Debra Monk helped Milligan find herself amid a park full of LGBTQ love connections. The number was choreographed by Broadway Backwards’ creator Robert Bartley and Robbie Roby. When a nerdy Abercrombie & Fitch employee, played by Tuck Everlasting’s Andrew Keenan-Bolger, was bullied by his brawny coworkers and menacing manager, he remained unphased because he was head-over-heels in love. Choreographed by Bartley and Roby, the group performed West Side Story’s “I Feel Pretty,” complete with rhythmic shirt folding and an homage to the show’s “America” choreography. Tony winner Alice Ripley let her rocker vocals shine in an electric performance of Spring Awakening’s punk-rock anthem “Totally Fucked.” The Prom’s Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla filled the New Amsterdam Theatre with love and warmth as they performed Songs for a New World’s touching “I’d Give it All for You.” Frozen’s Caissie Levy shared an enchanting version of “What More Can I Say” from Falsettos. Leading ladies Lilli Cooper from Tootsie, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz from Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Teal Wicks from The Cher Show turned Pacific Overtures’ “Pretty Lady” from a story of randy sailors on the prowl into a loving song of courtship. The Cher Show star Jarrod Spector honored the Goddess of Pop herself with his vocally jaw-dropping take on Cher’s romantic “The Way of Love.” On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafañe grappled with the emotional trials and tribulations of love in a captivating rendition of Songs for a New World’s “She Cries.” Broadway legend and Tony winner Len Cariou charmed the audience as he raised a glass to the “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company. Golden Globe Award winner and Tony and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner comically lamented the loss of her love in “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” from The Little Show. Tony winner Rosemary Harris made a special appearance to thank the audience and performers for their invaluable support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. Bartley wrote and directed this year’s show. Mary-Mitchell Campbell served as music supervisor, Ted Arthur and Christopher D. Littlefield were music directors. The creative team included lighting designer Timothy Reed, costume designers Johnna Fettinger, Jess Gersz and Natalie Loveland, prop designers Jenna Snyder and Alexander Wylie and sound designers Kurt Fischer and Marie Renee Foucher. Jeff Brancato was production stage manager. What began as a small, grassroots concert performed in the community room at The Center in 2006 has grown into a highly anticipated event presented in one of Broadway’s most beautiful theatres. In its 14 editions, Broadway Backwards has raised $4.8 million for Broadway Cares and The Center. Major sponsors of Broadway Backwards included Celebrity Cruises and The New York Times.
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National Grants Food Grants Committee Increases Support to Vital Organizations For people with limited resources and access to information on nutrition and decent food that ensure their medication works effectively, healthy meals can be the difference between life and death.
“My life got unmanageable,” said Tina, who lives in Atlanta and is HIV-positive. “I was hungry. I got sick of my own self. Someone told me I had to change. I said, ‘Change what?’ And they replied, ‘Everything.’” Fortunately, Georgia residents like Tina can turn to Open Hand Atlanta, a grantee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. One of the largest community-based providers of home-delivered meals and nutrition services in the United States, the organization empowers people living with chronic diseases to live healthier, more productive lives through the medicinal powers of food. Open Hand Atlanta and similar organizations in major metropolitan areas across the country save countless lives every day. In January, building on many years of supporting these organizations, Broadway Cares’ food grants committee increased its yearly support for 13 of these wide-reaching and indispensable meal delivery organizations to a $40,000 grant. The organizations receiving this increased support are Community Servings in Boston, Food & Friends in Washington, D.C., Food Outreach in St. Louis, God’s Love We Deliver in New York City, Lifelong in Seattle, Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego, Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance in Philadelphia, Moveable Feast in Baltimore, Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Open Hand in Atlanta, Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, Project Angel Heart in Denver and Project Open Hand in San Francisco.
$2,143,000 awarded to 125 organizations in 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
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The food grants committee this year awarded a record $2,143,000 to 125 organizations in 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. These grants are reaching food service agencies large and small, in city, suburban and rural areas that face budget cuts enacted by current state and federal administrations. The grants provide not only help, but hope for so many.
“Now,” Tina said, “I’m HIV positive and I live a positive life. Open Hand has given me nutrition back in my life. Nutrition is a big part because if my car breaks down, then I can’t drive.” Across the country in San Diego County, officials are implementing the “Getting to Zero” campaign, an initiative that seeks to eliminate all new HIV infections in San Diego County within 10 years. As the area increases its push for HIV/AIDS testing as the first step of the initiative, there is an elevated need for the lifesaving resources of local social service agencies. Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego, another organization that received increased support thanks to your donations, is ensuring it meets the dietary needs of those living with HIV/AIDS through its AIDS Nutrition Program. Once a client is referred by a caseworker, social
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worker or health care provider, Mama’s Kitchen’s executive chef offers 11 meal plans customized to meet clients’ individual nutritional requirements, supplying 100% of the daily nutrition recommended by the American Dietetic Association for people with HIV/AIDS.
away, makes a big difference. A lot of people don’t realize how taxing it is just to go to the grocery store and shop when you have HIV, let alone figure out what food is best for you. That’s one thing about this disease, you can never predict how you’re going to feel one day to the next.”
“With diabetes and HIV, the last thing I want to do is fix a meal, or even eat sometimes,” Allen, a client of Mama’s Kitchen, said. “To have food right there and available, even if I don’t eat it right
Paul, a volunteer at Mama’s Kitchen, sees the curative power of food and the support of volunteers and caseworkers firsthand. “I had a client who was just so sick, we didn’t think she was
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going to make it,” Paul said. “Eventually, she got to the point where she was strong enough to take care of her child. She told us, ‘We won’t be seeing you anymore because I’m better now.’ And that was a life-changing moment for me. We got to experience that, knowing that we were part of her recovery.” In addition to providing nutritious meals, Open Hand Atlanta, like many other organizations your donations support, offers cooking classes that give its clients the tools to cook meals specifically tailored to their medical needs. Shelby Utter, lead community registered dietician at Open Hand Atlanta, found that building trust between the clients and dieticians is key to creating confidence to prepare healthy meals. “We make them feel like they have someone to guide them and to help empower them with the skills to make dietary choices on their own, which is very critical,” Utter said. Utter teaches clients how to build healthy eating patterns that include fruits and vegetables. For many of these individuals, Utter is introducing them to a new way of living and looking at food. “One of the biggest things I’ve come across in these classes is that many of our clients thought fruits and vegetables only come in a can,” Utter said. “Because we work in so many underserved areas, many have never seen fresh produce before. Sometimes, we start
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from the basics, like what an eggplant looks like. Okay, you’ve seen it, but how do you cut it? How can you prepare it and actually make it taste good? A lot of times, our clients think of fruits and vegetables as gross. But it’s a matter of flavoring it nutritiously. We’re introducing them to herbs and spices, lemon and garlic, and giving them a sense of empowerment and vital skills.” Broadway Cares’ food grants would not be possible without tireless commitment and achievement from the men and women onstage, backstage and behind the scenes at Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions, in addition to countless Broadway Cares supporters. Broadway Cares’ grants committee consists of members of the theatre community who champion the fundraising efforts at their shows. Twenty-five actors and stage managers reviewed the grant applications in January. Their decision to increase the grants made to 13 of the country’s most wide-reaching and comprehensive organizations, fueled by the support of Broadway Cares supporters, will make a tangible, lifesaving difference in the lives of thousands of individuals living with HIV/ AIDS and other critical illnesses.
“Thank you so much,” Tina said. “Without you, I know I wouldn’t be as healthy as I am now. Without your donation, I just don’t know where I’d be.”
For 20 Years, Students Make a Difference Through Fundraising Efforts Inspired by the generosity of professional theatre artists, trailblazing students and teachers at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA, were driven to translate their love of theatre into philanthropy.
and a California Thespian. “We are bridging the divide between high school theatre programs and Broadway productions to support people affected by HIV/AIDS and so many other life-threatening diseases.”
“Twenty years ago, I had a relatively simple idea that as high school actors we could do more to help others, just like our counterparts on Broadway did,” said Ryan Williams, a former North Penn student who turned his idea into action with classmate Mark Weinstein.
In November, high school thespians further connected themselves with the Broadway community when they introduced the first student-run Pop-Up Broadway Flea Market at the Texas and Arizona state thespian festivals. Modeled after the Broadway Cares’ Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction held each fall in NYC, students offered donated items from Broadway shows, including Playbills, posters and merchandise, in exchange for contributions.
That desire to help, back in 1999, launched a still-thriving movement, inspiring tens of thousands of students in schools, colleges and thespian festivals across the country to make a difference through their art. “I don’t think any of us who started this could have ever imagined how much this would continue and grow,” Williams said. The collective efforts have made an impressive impact: students have raised $3.2 million and counting for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Students fundraise for Broadway Cares by holding the iconic red buckets in their lobbies after shows like their Broadway peers. They’ve also explored a variety of imaginative ways to heighten their fundraising success. From students at Georgia’s Buford High School sewing and selling holiday keepsakes upcycled from the curtain at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre to Florida’s Lake Howell High School offering customized buttons at the Florida Thespians Festival, students are channeling their creativity to create change. “Working with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on a high school level is so important because of the connection that we make with the Broadway community,” said Abigail Lange, a senior at Fullerton Union High School
For Kelly Dunn, a senior at Bowling Green University in Ohio and business liaison for Broadway Cares Bowling Green, this impact lands close to home. “We’re so thankful we’re given an opportunity to collaborate and come together to help people in the greater community,” Dunn said. “Equitas Health is 15 miles from campus in Toledo and they receive an annual grant from Broadway Cares. Something that helps people literally in our own backyard is very fulfilling and empowering for us.” Since the legacy first began 20 years ago, students’ creativity, passion for philanthropy and connection to the Broadway community continues to grow. And at its heart, students are driven by a desire to help others. “As artists, it is imperative for us to support an organization with such an important mission,” said David Hulten, a senior at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and a Texas Thespian. “To be able to reach people and raise funds through our art is an incredibly gratifying experience.” Behind the Scenes
Hudson Valley Dance Festival October 6, 2018 2 pm & 5 pm
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Annual Performance Brings Unforgettable Dance to Hudson Valley On the banks of the Hudson River, dance artists and enthusiasts came together in a 19th century Catskill, NY, warehouse for the most recent Hudson Valley Dance Festival. After being converted into a stunning modern dance venue for the day, the warehouse, complete with charming wooden walls and sunshine peeking through the slats, hosted two performances at Historic Catskill Point. Hudson Valley Dance Festival raised a record $158,030 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event’s six-year total hit $764,724, helping AIDS and family service organizations nationwide, including 12 based in the Hudson Valley. The October 6 show opened with an excerpt from Bryn Cohn + Artists’ Skin. Dancers Nico Gonzalez and Dustin O’Halloran rarely lost contact as they pushed and pulled, carving out space for one another in an intimate and intense duet. The Washington Ballet explored the comforts and conflicts of small town life in an excerpt of Marcelo Gomes’ The Outset. Maki Onuki and Tamás Krizsa shared vulnerability, love and doubt through breathtaking balletic moves. The legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company shared the excerpts “Totem Birds” and “Oracle” from Taylor’s iconic piece Images. Laura Halzack and Madelyn Ho punctuated the lively and energetic pieces with engaging staccato motions. Doug Varone and Dancers told the story of the intertwining lives of two couples 100 years apart in “The Fast Quartet,” an excerpt from Possessions. Former Paul Taylor Dance Company dancer Annmaria Mazzini and current company member Michael Trusnovec shared Margie Gillis’ stirring and atmospheric duet Vers la Glace. So You Think You Can Dance champion Ricky Ubeda shared the world premiere of Billy Griffin’s Is That All There Is?. Ubeda infused his incomparable jazz skills with a touch of dark humor as some of life’s greatest pleasures left him yearning for more.
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New York City Ballet legend Wendy Whelan, who has a home in the Hudson Valley, performed the premiere of BalletCollective artistic director Troy Schumacher’s Opus 55. Whelan was elegant and effortless as she performed the resonant, flowing and fluid piece. Choreographer Ray Mercer, a 14-year veteran of Broadway’s The Lion King, shared the premiere of Pretty Is…, a piece exploring and celebrating the many facets of strength and vulnerability in women. In a special piece celebrating the vibrant artistic community of the Hudson Valley, local choreographer Marcus McGregor shared the world premiere of Clouded Mirror. The number was performed by six local students, Lydia Ackerman, Riley Cornelison, Meegan Darling, Grace Howard, Haley Imbesi and Joanna Van Slyke. Following the event, VIP ticket buyers and sponsors joined the performers for an exclusive reception at W+G Space, a historic building in the heart of Catskill that once was used as a church, cigar factory and printing factory. Today, it serves as an art studio for Wenling Zhao and Guorui Shi. Twelve Hudson Valley area organizations received grants in 2018 from Broadway Cares: Albany Damien Center and Alliance for Positive Health in Albany; Animalkind, Columbia-Greene Community Foundation and Hudson Valley SPCA in Hudson; Matthew 25 Food Pantry and Community Hospice in Catskill; Hudson Valley Community Services in Hawthorne; Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston; Roe Jan Food Pantry in Hillsdale; TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) in Congers; and Troy Area United Ministries in Troy. PHOTOS & VIDEO
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Dancers and Choreographers Shine a Light on Theatre Choreography Dancers Responding to AIDS supporters got an inside, exclusive look at musical theatre choreography through a unique lineup of performances and an informative Q&A at Inside Dance Series: Broadway Dancemakers. The January 22 evening began with Somebody, a moving piece dedicated to and honoring invincible women, choreographed by Hamilton’s Karla Puno Garcia and performed by Arianne Meneses. Then, Carousel’s Leigh-Ann Esty shared an excerpt of “Louise’s Solo” from Carousel, which earned Justin Peck the 2018 Tony Award for his choreography. The performances closed out with Billy Griffin’s Is That All There Is?, performed by Carousel’s Ryan Steele. The piece premiered at the 2018 edition of Hudson Valley Dance Festival. Afterward, Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford then joined the conversation for an illuminating Q&A about the magic of Broadway choreography. Behind the Scenes
Denyce Graves Brings World-Class Opera to Intimate House Concert Breathtaking vocals and a mesmerized audience filled a stunning New York City loft when celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves launched the 2019 Hamlen-Palm Series with an exclusive house concert on January 31. Graves has become most beloved to opera audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. The New York Times hailed her return to the Metropolitan Opera stage last fall in Marnie as “riveting” and The Washington Post has described her as “almost too good to be true.” Classical Action supporters were treated to the intimate concert in the home of hosts Simon Yates and Kevin Roon. Joined by pianist Laura Ward, Graves opened the concert with flowing and enchanting performances of three Roger Quilter pieces, “Fair House of Joy,” “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal” and “Love’s Philosophy.” From the moment Graves began, her bold vocals had the audience spellbound. Graves continued with Manuel de Falla’s “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas,” a popular operatic series of allegorical folk songs. Graves’ impressive acting chops expressively told stories with emotions ranging from love to despair, from playful to devastating. Graves performed a rapturous medley of the George Gershwin classics “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You” and “Somebody Loves Me.” The medley was arranged by John Conahan.
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In honor of Black History Month, which began the day after the concert, Graves performed three traditional spirituals. Her rich vocals shined in soulful renditions of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Deep River” and “Git on Board Little Children.” Closing out the evening, Graves shared an iconic piece from one of her most legendary roles, “Habanera” from Carmen. The audience buzzed when Ward played the song’s first chords, and ultimately erupted with a standing ovation at the song’s conclusion. Graves returned for an encore of “Times Like This” from Lucky Stiff, which she dedicated to Jack, Yates and Roon’s adorable dog. The song hilariously explained why women need the love and support of a dog over romance. The audience was delighted when Jack joined Graves during the evening’s final standing ovation. Graves’ performance was the inaugural concert in the newly named Hamlen-Palm Series. The series also included Emerson String Quartet on April 9 and André Watts on May 9. The series was renamed from the Michael Palm Series in honor of Charles Hamlen, founding director of Classical Action, co-founder of what would become IMG Artists and artistic adviser to the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Hamlen passed away from leukemia in August 2018. The Hamlen-Palm Series is generously supported by the Michael Palm Foundation and The Hargrove Pierce Foundation.
Exciting Corporate Partnerships Brim With Creativity Thirty handcrafted Phantom masks from renowned fashion designers, 124 Broadway dancers performing on Fifth Avenue plus one Skittles commercial-turned-Broadway musical. What sounds like an eclectic math equation adds up to just some of the unique corporate partnership dreams turned into reality to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Working with Broadway Cares gives businesses the opportunity to practice social responsibility while connecting with the theatre community and exploring their creativity. Bank of America and The Council of Fashion Designers of America partnered with Broadway Cares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Fans, supporters and influencers were invited in October to Phantom Fashion 30, a reveal event of 30 one-of-a-kind Phantom masks designed by celebrated fashion designers. The evening included performances from Phantoms Ben Crawford, Howard McGillin and Hugh Panaro and appearances from several mask designers, including fashion icons Kenneth Cole and Nicole Miller.
“You could have knocked me over when all those beautiful dancers burst through Saks’ doors and into the street,” said Broadway legend Chita Rivera, who attended the event. “It brought tears to my eyes.” The partnership, which included a $100,000 donation, expanded to include performances in Saks stores across the country, featuring the national tours of Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the Roof, White Christmas and Wicked and the Broadway casts of Head Over Heels and Anastasia. In February, the biggest Super Bowl commercial didn’t happen during the game - it was performed in the heart of Broadway. Skittles, staying true to its branding, presented Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical at NYC’s Town Hall on the afternoon of the big game. Proceeds from ticket sales at the sold-out show and exclusive merchandise benefited Broadway Cares. Skittles and its parent company, Mars Inc., matched the proceeds, donating nearly $100,000 to Broadway Cares. The Skittles musical, which featured Golden Globe Award winner Michael C. Hall, was a tongue-in-cheek, meta celebration that challenged the ethos of advertising. The unconventional idea paid off. Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks hailed, “This may be the funniest Super Bowl commercial.”
Following the reveal, the masks were put up for auction online. With proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares, the auction raised $31,600. In November, Broadway Cares was the charitable partner for Saks Fifth Avenue’s iconic holiday windows and light display. Dubbed “Theater of Dreams,” a magical, traffic-stopping performance ushered in New York’s holiday season with the incomparable energy of Broadway. Directed by Michael Lee Scott and choreographed by Tammy Colucci, 124 dancers took over Fifth Avenue in an homage to the glitz-and-glamour golden days of Broadway, accompanied by fireworks, a dazzling light display and reveal of the holiday windows.
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Angels Circle 2018-2019 THE ANGELS CIRCLE
Providing a Sustainable Foundation The following are members of the Angels Circle as of April 4, 2019. Names in bold indicate Broadway Cares Archangels, donors who increased their gift by 25 percent or more over the previous year. Members of the Angels Circle include individuals, organizations, family foundations and corporations. Contributions are unrestricted and not related to event or merchandise purchases. On behalf of our volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees and the many men, women and children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses who count on Broadway Cares for assistance, we salute these donors. In appreciation of an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, Angels receive VIP status at some of Broadway Cares’ most high-profile events, including Red Bucket Follies and the Easter Bonnet Competition, as well as a host of other exciting benefits. There are many ways to become a member of the Angels Circle. You can join as an individual, a couple, a family or even as part of a group of friends, co-workers, fan club or sports league. You can charge your membership on a monthly or quarterly basis. In addition, if your employer matches charitable contributions, a gift of $500 or more can qualify you for membership at the $1,000 level. For more information about the benefits of the Angels Circle, please contact Sarah Cardillo, senior development officer, at email@example.com or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.
Executive Producer House Seat gifts of $100,000 and above The Fred Ebb Foundation Secret Villas of Key West
gifts of $50,000 to $99,999 Dwight H. Curry, “Dream Alliance” Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White The Shubert Organization Brian S. Snyder Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch
gifts of $25,000 to $49,999 Laura M. Boedeker Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele Mary D. Fisher Myrna & Freddie Gershon Fund in memory of Tom Eyen, Paul Jabara, Arthur Laurents, Allan Carr, Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Salfas H. van Ameringen Foundation William J. Levy Jane Morison The Palette Fund The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, San Francisco Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy Marc & Mary Lou Seider Happy Shipley in honor of Tom Viola Hollis Stern The Ted Snowdon Foundation Anonymous
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gifts of $10,000 to $24,999
Sam Altman in memory of Murray Schapiro and Shirley Herz and Jerry Tischman Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan Samantha & Drew Cohen in memory of Richard Salfas The Column Awards Scott Dainton Deborah Dakin William W. Donnell Frank Duff & John Okuloski Tobi & Eugene Faut Vincent Gaeta George & Irina Schaeffer Foundation Jill & Marty Handelsman Harriett D. Kittner Foundation Philip Hodges & Scott Nevins James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen The Joe & Hellen Darion Foundation, Inc. Deirdre & Mark LeMire Paul & Florence Rowe Libin Richard Lin & Evan Zazula Larry Luing & Dario Espinosa Mary Lea Johnson Richards 1997 Charitable Trust in memory of Mary Lea Johnson Richards & Martin Richards William Megevick in memory of Larz Anderson Abigail Merrill Stacey Mindich Miranda Family Fund
Miriam Schaeffer Family Foundation Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Newman’s Own Foundation NJ Center for Pain & Rehabilitation LLC, Jose Rojas Jr. Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Randall Pinder & Paul Pearson Reel Time Video Production: Jonathan Frank and Alex Pearlman Ann Reinking Jeffrey Seller Amy Sherman-Palladino Sweet Hospitality Group Theatrical Stage Employees Local One/IATSE Bob Tuschman John Voege & Geoffrey Paul The Waldman Foundation Barbara Whitman Diane M. & Kevin Wilshere Anonymous (2)
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The Austin Foundation in memory of John B. Roberts Liz Armstrong ATPAM - Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers Joe Baker in loving memory of Stuart Thompson The Barrington Foundation Inc. Terry & William Biggins Robert Billig & Richard Vida Cabaret For Life Inc.
The Carl Jacobs Foundation Cathy Chernoff Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr. David J. Cohen Dr. Mitchell A. Combs & Frank C. Druse III Todd Davis Jamie deRoy in memory of Bradshaw Smith Drew Desky & Dane Levens Diversions Inc. in honor of Lenore “Lenny” Shapiro and the great joy that theatre has provided our members The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Toni Downey Doug Eichman & Michael C. Yount James & Anna Fantaci Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow The Fosdick Fund Kenneth R. Fulton Joanna Gleason & Chris Saradon Dan Goggin Robert Hickman George E. Jordan in memory of Michel G. Delhaise Benita & Joe Kaminkow Karma Foundation Karen E. Kennedy in memory of Muriel & Bob Kennedy Michael A. Leppen Judith Light & Robert Desiderio Tom Lombardi Fran Macferran Clif Mathews & Brian Lurie Leslie & Jordan Mayer Mary McColl David R. McShane
& The Samantha Fund Marianne McGrath Mills Michael Halebian & Co. Inc. Jerry Mitchell Ira Mont & Jill Cordle Mont in memory of Annette and Stuart Mont, Dan Cordle and in honor of Joan Cordle James L. Nederlander Phyllis Newman in honor of Adolph Green Joseph Obermayer Tony Origlio Stephen Paine The PATH Fund/ Rockers on Broadway George Perez Bonnie & Alan Petsche Anthony Pisano in memory of Jim Casey Playbill Inc. Michael C. Ray Michael Raymond & Andrew Moyer Merle Reskin Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Rose Brand The Ross Foundation Lauren Class Schneider, Broadway Fantasy Camp James L. Simon Steve Sweet Andrew Thaman Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE Woodford Van Meter David Wackman & Jason Rardin Weinberg Family Foundation Peg & Gary Wendlandt Nina & Gary Wexler Wyncote Foundation Anonymous
gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 Actors’ Equity Foundation Actors Federal Credit Union John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Sara M. Allan Richard Ambrose James J. Andrews* Gerald M. Appelstein* Sarah Ashman & Ron Gillespie in memory of Howard Ashman Bob Avian & Peter Pileski Jennifer Balbier Paris Baldacci & Andrew S. Dolkart Anne Banfield Jordan Barbakoff & Philip Jeffery in loving memory of Rob Sinacore Clay & Karen Barnes in honor of Gracie & Christina Barnes John Barnes & Charles Champagne
Douglas Bella & David Hunt Nancy Duggan Benson Elaine D. Berger Amy Bermudez George L. Bielitz & John Derco Blaine Walter Bobbie & David Frye Tina & Jeffrey Bolton John Bowab Briggs, Inc Corey Brunish & Jessica Rose Brunish Buchwald Cristina Carlson Frank Carucci & David Diamond celebrating our marriage after 35 years of unwedded bliss Raul Castro-Cerrato* Deborah & Steven Cavalier CESD Talent Agency Alissa Cipriano Paul & Kelly Cole John Contratti Kenneth E. Cooke Larry Cosand & Jaime Lozada Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson Gavin Creel Michael David & Lauren Mitchell Ken Davies Paula Kaminsky Davis Maria Di Dia in loving memory of Doug Salmon Anthony, Kristina & David Ellenbogen Joe Evall & Richard Lynn Bill Evans & Chuck Fischer in memory of Mike Nichols Robert Evers Peter Farrell* Feinstein’s/54 Below Doug Fiebelkorn & Andrew Hall Kevin Foley-Littell & Stephen Littell Keith Fox and Tom Keyes In memory of Michael Smith Richard Gerrig & Timothy Peterson John Paul Geurts & Robert W. Stolt Roger Gindi & Gregory Victor Dale Glasser in memory of Steven Glasser Sherri Goldberg Valerie Gordon-Johnson & Doug Johnson Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner Alma Guimarin James F. Haag The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation Susan & Neal Hirsch Geoffrey Hoefer & Thomas Wei** William S. Hoover, M.D. Matthew P. Hui Kathy Inch Jerome S. Glazer Foundation
John L. McHugh Foundation Ilana Kameros Kelly Karavites in memory of my loving spouse Francis P. King Amy Kaufmann & Ruth Ro Howard Kellman Joshua Kellman Karen Kellman Sarah Kellman Lillian Kraemer William Lauch Dr. Johnnie Lee and Mr. Darryl Branch Kevin R. Lyle & Renee Chatelain John J. Mackerey Tom Marshall & Kathy Keneally James Martin Matt McClanahan & Ed McCarthy Richard McCune & Brian Carroll - City National Bank** Peter McKown & Kenneth Heng Kati Meister Svend Mejdal Jonathan Mintzer Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola, Paul Libin and Phil Birsh Judith A. Nelson** in memory of Wayne McCarthy Nora Roberts Foundation Rob O’Neill & Shawn Anderson David Oviedo in memory of Warren Anthony Perkins Michael Paleos Theresa & Pete Piliero Gloria Piraino Brad Plunkett Dr. Amit Rakhit & Mr. Brad Senatore Richard E. Rauh Monica & Greg Reid Stephen Kroll Reidy* Richard F. Walsh/Alfred W. Di Tolla/ Harold P. Spivak Foundation Warren D. Riffle & Kurt A. Fleagle David Romero & David Greiss Meryl Rosofsky & Stuart H. Coleman* Phil & Dawn Rudolph Bill and Deb Ryan Megan M. Savage Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield & John Heppenstall Susan & Clark Schubach Adam Schwab Stainmaster in memory of Will Macadam Elliott R. Sernel Jayne Baron Sherman Joseph Short Michael Slade
Timothy Stevens & David Czekaj* Katherine Sulenski Matthew D. Tumminello & Dominick J. Marangi Robert Tyrer Michael Valenti, Corey Zucker and Pip Joyce Van Patten Tom Viola Carol Waaser Michel Wallerstein Fred Weil* Cory Scott Whittier in memory of David Rupert Hewes Jayne A. Williams Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz Jeff Woodman in memory of Melvin Bernhardt Russ Woolley David Zippel & Michael Johnston Anonymous (2)
Front Mezzanine gifts of $1,000 to $2,499
The A.R. Hughes Family Fund in loving memory of our cousin Thomas H. Anderson Randy Adams Deborah & Charles Adelman* Catherine Adler Jonathan Adler Ken Adler in memory of Ellen Adler and in honor of Jon Adler Gerry & Hank Alpert* Lee R. Anisman M.D. The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation David Glenn Armstrong in joyful memory of Peter Frame The Arthur Loeb Foundation Jay Axelrod Gary Bagley in memory of Peter Neufeld and Richard Stack Christopher & Paris Barclay Scott Barnes in memory of Brian Kellow Ivan M. Bart in memory of Adam Balzano Beech Street Foundation Bendit Family Foundation Nan & Joe Benincasa Andrew Berdon* Russell Berg in memory of Roni Daniel Cheryl Bergenfeld* Mark Bernhardt* Claude Bernstein & Melody Wang James C. P. Berry Phillip Bettencourt Phil & Mary Beuth Jon Bierman Chuck Blasius in memory of Linda Accardi
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Casey Blass & Lee Manford David Sprott Boger Miranda Book & Linda Dingler Dave Boone Ann Marie & Robert Borsdorf Joan C. Bowman* Loraine Alterman Boyle Don Branford Russell Brent & Nicholas Hodges Priscilla Brewster Susan Brewster J. Arthur Brost Barry Brown & Douglas Cohn, D.V.M. Michael Buchanan Melissa Buenaventura James & Debbie Burrows Katherine Burton in honor of Dale Ellen Leff Michelle L. Butler Peter J. Butler Michael-Demby Cain* Robert Callely Steven M. Caplan Esq. Sarah & Frank Cardillo Len Cariou & Heather Summerhayes Debra & Kim Carmichael Carleton Carpenter David Cartee Ronald Casty Annette Cerbone & Suzanne LeVan Jamie Cesa & Joseph Schmaderer Stockard Channing Charles and Margaret Levin Family Foundation The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation, Inc. in memory of Bob & Muriel Kennedy David & Paula Leggett Chase Chasin/Gilden Family Fund, at the Boston Foundation Sam Cheow* in memory of Gordon Avard Donna & Edward Chernoff Michael Coady Edward M. Coffina Evan Cohen Brad & Kyong Coleman* Casey Cook & Gary Steinkohl William Corsello Clayton Crawley & Roy Kim Creative Artists Agency Foundation William C. Cubberley* Mark Dalton Duke Dang & Charles Rosen* in loving memory of David Panzer Ben Daniel in honor of Roni Daniel Derek Danton & Robert Berk Peter Davenport David Beatty Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation Felipe de Bustamante Christine De Lisle & Ken Klein*
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Louis J. Denkovic Mark David Desky David DeSocio Charles Deull Alvin Deutsch Gregory Diskant & Sandra Baron Salvatore E. Dirschberger John, Barb & Ginna Doyle Christopher Durang & John Augustine The EACH Foundation Earl and Margaret Chesson Charitable Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Thor Eckert Maryann Edgecomb Valerie Eigner Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley in honor of Bernie Jacobs and Tom Viola Steven Elkin Sam Ellis in honor of Valarie Silver Ellis Nigel Emmett Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz Bonnie Pfeifer Evans* Shane Ewen Laura G. Fahsbender Ken Fakler John & Margaret Falk* T.A. Fassburg Robert Faust & Roger Kluge* Vicky Feather James Fedigan Jeff & Sherrie Feinstein Alisa Ferrari Kenneth and Caryl Field Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP Donald M. Filicetti Ken Finkelstein The Firehouse Theatre Elliot Fishman & Dale Abrams Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Doug Fogel Edward & Lori Forstein Sam Fortenbaugh Dale J. Fournier & Michael R. Wellington* Clay Francis Joan Fraser Steve Frasheur Fraydun Foundation, Inc. Sean Free Barbara H. Freitag Bart Freudlich & Julianne Moore James B. Freydberg David A. Friedman in memory of my mother Shirley Friedman Merle Frimark in loving memory of Ruth Frimark Pierre Frinault
David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Susan Frost Nancy Gallt Marsi & Eric Gardiner Thomas Garner* David Gaudette & David Maue Bruce & Alice Geismar Barry Gelda in memory of Irene Lucille Bunis The Gelfand Family Foundation Thomas Gentile Amy Gewirtz John R. Gibson Sue Gilad Justin Gleiberman Jan and Steven Golann Dr. Stan Golden Dr. Guido Goldman* Sam Gonzalez Stefanie M. Gorman William R. Gross Barbara Gottlieb Ann & Eddie Graf Dane Grams Mike Greenly Michael Greif Howard Grossman, M.D. Barry & Maggie Grove Marc J. Gurell Edward E. Hale Jr. Diann Hall in memory of John Rainwater John Halpin in honor of the Leadership Council Brian Hamel Mr. & Mrs. S. Matthews V. Hamilton Jr. Thomas Hamlin Edward Hampton & Lisa Kassenaar Scott Handler David G. Hanna* Jane Hanson Alexandra Harper* Carrie Anne K. Harrell Michael P. Harrell Jennifer Hatch & Sue Smith Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Michael & Jean Hearne* Joseph R. Heller, Ph.D. & Frank Ptak,II in memory of Michael Simmons-DeFord Dena Henry Richard Hester & Michael Mastro Highlight NY LLC* Karen Hoefer Philip Hoefer Jim Hoelz & William Welsh The Horchow Family Craig J. Horsley Lyn Hughes & Arthur Ferrara Bill Hutton
in memory of Dr. Joel D. Weisman Peter L. Ianniello, PhD Ira M. Resnick Foundation Waldo and Jeanne Jackson Roberta & Robert Jacquet Tracy Jamar in loving memory of Monty Silver Keith & Patti James Janis & Alan Menken Charity Fund Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola Jerl Machine Inc. Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward Karen Johnston Barbara Josso & Liz Miloscia Nicole A. Jussen Peter Kaczorowski Alycia Kantor Steven Kaplan & Court Whisman Chad Kaydo Jodi, Jim, Matthew & Allison Kaye Karin & Greg Kayne Thomas Kazmierczak & Ted Blankenship Gail Kee & Javade Chaudhri Mark Keegan & Kazuya Hasegawa James Kelliher Jason Kelliher & Brian Rice Jeffrey Kent Alan Klein & Jeffrey Erb* Daniel Klingler & Jay Langhurst F. Gary Knapp Mark Koblenz Ron Kollen Konigsberg Family Fund Dr. Ram Koppaka Alix Korey & Randy Hansen Raquel & Tomislav Kostadinov Hilda Kraker* John Kuehn & Elaine Crowley Robert J. Kunikoff Michael Kuzma LaFountaine Family Foundation* Dawn Landino Angela Lansbury Mark Lanspa Katie LaRocca Jay Laudato & Thomas Watson Law Offices of Kimberly A. Smith Brian Lawlor Winston Bernard Layne* Scott Lazarus & Julie Farmer Christopher Leary* Stephanie Lee/Group Sales Box Office Jay H. Lefkowitch Ann M. Lehman in loving memory of Rick Burglund & Gary Warren Hal & Jill Leibowitz Phyllis Levinthal in memory of Ruth & Sheldon Levinthal
Alex Halpern Levy Bjorn Liencres Mark D. Lingenfelter Rosalind Lippel* Diane Lippert Stuart Lippner Kristin Lockley Michael Lombard The Lovito Family Arwen Lowbridge & Michael Lane Donna L. Ludwig Dr. Rick & Yaffa Lukash Steve Lukens Steven F. Lutz Leslie Lyles Mark & William Macatee J. Patrick Mahoney and C. Martin Hicks Maidstone Productions in memory of Ted Tulchin Scott Mallalieu & Nat Fuchs Barbara Manocherian Jesse Manocherian Judith Manocherian The Marcy & Alan S. Honig Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Margolies Team at Compass Real Estate Thomas Marino MASIE Productions Scott & Harriet Mauro Jo Mayer Joe McCaddon Elizabeth I. McCann Eric McGahhey Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad in honor of Judy Dove & Frank Conway Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov Allen T. Mercer and Helen A. Wong MeritDirect, LLC Michael J. Zamkow and Sue E. Berman Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. E. Van R. Milbury Marilyn Miller in memory of Trygve F. Wasbotten Michael Mills & Mark McGrath Andrea Mitchell Joey Monda Debra Monk Oscar E. Moore Art H. Moore William Moore William Morey Javier Morgado in memory of Eddie Sweetnam Elizabeth Morton in memory of Elizabeth Wilson Jason & Debbie Moss Eric Murphy Gene Murray Joseph A. Neese in memory of Virginia McFarlane
& Rodger McFarlane Eric Nelson Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins* Nicholas C. & Allison M. Moore Fund Albert Nocciolino Dr. Sharon Novak David O’Brien Mark Olander & Nancy Farwell Yogi Omar Christopher Oram John K. Orberg Lisa Orberg Janice Oresman Samantha Orleans & Kevin Hansley Outer Critics Circle on behalf of the songwriting team of Sponge Bob Square Pants Ramon Padilla Ron D. Painter Dominic Paolillo & Itai Shamir Michelle Park Philip Paroian Gregg Passin David Pedemonti Ralph L. Pellecchio & James C. Wernz, M.D. Charles A. Pellicane Michael Peltz in memory of Joan Fuerman Michelle M. Peters Rose Polidoro Sarah Prinsloo & Dean Rosow Frances Pu Isabella Putorti Sofia Putorti Dr.Judith Quick Ron Rafay Michael Raine Anthony Ramos Steven Rank Andrea & Dennis Ratner Jonathan Rebell & Noah Levine David Reich & Keith Marran Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas* Edward H. Richard & Warren P. Kendrick Michael Risinger Rebecca Rizzio Ed Roberts & Elaine Krauss Jonathan Rock & Patrick DelaCruz Larry Rogowsky Amy Rosenthal Ryan A Ross and Steven Ross Moe & Jack Rouse Paul Russell & Beryl Raff Albert Russo* Wynn J. Salisch Samuel Sanderson Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Wendy B. Samuel Eddie Sarfaty & Court Stroud Linda Scenna
Gloria Schallop Carolyn Schiff & Noah Millman S. Fred Schiffman Jack Schillaci Jack Schlegel* Michael Schober & Don Harrison John E. Schumacher Will Schwalbe & David Cheng Jennifer Scott John Eric Sebesta & William Tomai Richard Seer & Doug Wallingford Debra & Michael Segal Kenneth G. Shelley Richard Siegmeister David Siewers Lisa Simmons Nancy L. Simon Ed Simonelli & Hernando Cortez Jr* Charles B. Slutzky Iris Smith Michael Smith James K. Sokol James Spiegelhoff Eric Stine Rob Stoll Susan Strauss Meryl Streep & Don Gummer Dan Stone Brian Strumwasser Stuart S. Applebaum Giving Foundation in memory of Mr. Vincent Zito Flody Suarez Lynn Surry The Swish Ally Fund Synergist Consulting LLC in honor of Charlotte St. Martin Rod Tailford & Mark Flickinger Talkin’ Broadway Peter M. Taub Hal Tepfer & Stacie Simon John Henry Thomas III Henry Tisch Lila & George Todd Tim Tompkins Jeffrey Trachtman Jennifer Trepeck in honor of Sue Gilad Truworthy Productions Twelfth Night Club Inc. Mark Tynan Beth M. Uffner Richard J. Underwood Sally Unger Emily Vacher in honor of Javier Muñoz Beth Van Schaack, Stanford Law School, in honor of Tripp Zanetis Heriberto G. Vargas A. J. Vincent & Michael Eidelman Richard & Debra Voller Marcie Vort Suzyn Waldman Adam Wallace Tom & Connie Walsh
Alice Wang Arthur E. Webster, Esq. Wayne Wei Ira M. Weitzman John F. Welch Lucille Werlinich Mr. and Mrs. Cortwright Wetherill Jr. Nancy A. Wheeler Frederick M. White & Greg Kammerer William Rutherford 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 Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Wiggers in memory of T. Thorne Wiggers Miles Wilkin Margo Wintersteen Sarah Wolff & Joel Handelman Jeff Wolk John Wuertz & Abzal Ayubeally Yardi Systems* Lori A. Yaspan Sarah and John Zanetis in memory of major Christopher Tripp Zanetis David Ziff & Alan Bell George Zuber & Anthony Snyder Charitable Fund at Our Fund Inc. Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (7) *Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle **Indicates members of the Broadway Cares and DRA Angels Circle
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Keep It Classic with the Broadway Cares Classic Collection
The Broadway Cares Classic Collection includes timeless gift ideas which honor the classic musicals of Broadway. Each item features the logos from long-running favorites and classic Broadway musicals.
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5 Questions The success of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS comes not only from those making financial donations, but also those who so graciously offer their time and talents to make a difference. We asked three shining lights who recently opened shows on Broadway to share their stories. How did you first get involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS? VASTHY MOMPOINT: I learned about Broadway Cares when I performed at the Easter Bonnet Competition with my first Broadway show, Good Vibrations. I remember it being the first time I felt I was part of a community. KAT PURVIS: This will date me. We used
to collect change any time someone used the photocopier on my tour of Cats (five cents per page!). We would then send the money back to [Broadway Cares Executive Director] Tom Viola. It was our little contribution. CHARLIE WILLIAMS: I moved to New York
City in 2009 to work on Memphis on Broadway. I was quickly introduced to this great organization as we did appeals after the show. I had a red bucket in my hand within a month of arriving to the city. What motivates you to work with Broadway Cares? VASTHY: It breaks my heart to think how many in our community were lost with nowhere to go during the height of the AIDS epidemic. I love that now Broadway Cares reaches not only those living with HIV/AIDS but an array of illnesses. KAT: Mostly it is the thought of those
terrible years when so many friends got sick. I also enjoy getting to work with so many talented people to do something great for communities - including our own.
What is your favorite memory of making a difference through Broadway Cares? VASTHY: I love holding a bucket. You get to
see actual people donate their money. There is something so beautiful about the look on someone's face when they are about to do good, and we get to be apart of that. KAT: My favorite memory is the other way around,
when Broadway Cares made a huge difference. I had a friend who got very ill while working out of town. Broadway Cares did so much to help him and his family. They made it possible for him to go home and be cared for surrounded by people who loved him.
Vasthy Mompoint Actor at The Prom
CHARLIE: I had the pleasure of escorting the last
surviving Ziegfeld girl, Doris Eaton Travis, onto the stage at the Easter Bonnet Competition in 2010. She was 106 years old at the time. What an honor it was to welcome her. As a member of the theatre community, why is it important to you to give back? VASTHY: I am very aware of how blessed I am. Not simply to be a working actor, but to be working on Broadway. It feels great to use whatever influence I have to help those in need. KAT: People often asked how I got to be where I am
and I usually say attrition. I try to never forget that a big part of a generation of theater people was lost and that made room for me professionally. CHARLIE: When we come together for the greater
good, we can make such a significant difference. Artists are passionate and headstrong; Iâ€™ve seen firsthand what we can accomplish when we work toward a collective goal.
Production stage manager at King Kong
Describe Broadway Cares in three words. VASTHY: Love, care, community. KAT: It really only takes one: Awesome! CHARLIE: Family, love, determination.
CHARLIE: Broadway Cares continues to
make a difference, inspire optimism and successfully adapt to the ever-changing world of fundraising, all while still staying committed to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Charlie Williams Actor at The Cher Show
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