Behind the Scenes - Fall 2019

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C E L E B R AT E S 2 5 Y E A R S



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

Dear Friends, One thing that never ceases to amaze me are the invaluable resources created when the unique generosity of the theatre community is combined with the immeasurable commitment for doing good that drives the support of our donors and volunteers. This combination of professional support and personal commitment allows Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to respond to the needs of those in our theatrical family as well to the audiences that love their work and the communities in which they live. 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 Lisa Dawn Cave Kathleen Chalfant Gavin Creel Alan Cumming Maria Di Dia Paul DiDonato Richard Frankel Roy Harris Richard Hester Richard Jay-Alexander Beverly Jenkins Cherry Jones Francis Jue

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

Having just closed the books on our 2018-2019 season, I can tell you this was a remarkable year. Thanks to your generosity, Broadway Cares increased its support 29% over what had been budgeted. That’s nearly $5 million more in grants than we hoped to award this year. That is assistance provided to tens of thousands who might otherwise have been left to face serious health and personal challenges on their own, without a safety net of services or the embrace of someone who cares. You’ll read about much of that support in this issue of Behind the Scenes, from a prodigious season of spring audience appeals leading up to an outstanding Easter Bonnet Competition to a record-breaking Broadway Bares - the first to raise $2 million; from the stakes-raising success of Broadway Bets to the celebratory 25th anniversary of Fire Island Dance Festival. Those events combined with longstanding innovative fundraising initiatives – from our Care-Tix program to the extraordinary support of the members of our Angels Circle – are the heart and soul of all we do. I am always determined that any additional revenue is directed into our grant-making (see page 3). In doing so, Broadway Cares can ensure the well-being of the theatre community that is the muscle of all we do. This season, Broadway Cares awarded The Actors Fund a remarkable $6,186,000 in support of its full roster and safety net of social services. Most significantly, in addition to $2 million to the HIV/AIDS Initiative, this includes $1.2 million to The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, $900,000 to the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and much more. It also has allowed us to bolster our National Grants Program. This year alone, thanks to your support, Broadway Cares awarded more than $8 million to social service agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. On behalf of everyone at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, I want to thank you for being part of an extraordinary season of giving and fundraising. I know as we move forward together into 2020, we can renew our commitment of service, generosity and kindness. Sincerely,

BEHIND THE SCENES Editors Tom Viola, Lane Beauchamp Layout & Design Jenny Garcia Writer Francesca Toscano Contributors Mo Brady, Sarah Cardillo, Gary Damiano, Jack Noseworthy, Susan Slotoroff Photographers

Katy Beth Barber, Curtis Scott Brown, Billy Bustamante, Joann Coates, Marcus J. Franklin, Christian Grattan, Hammerschmid, Jacob Smith Studios, Michael Kushner, Walter McBride, Daniel Roberts, Victor Rodriguez, Scott Shaw, Monica Simoes, Allison Stock On the cover: Billy Porter backstage at Broadway Bares by Jacob Smith Studios


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Tom Viola Executive Director

Construction Sidelines 2019 Broadway Barks Broadway Barks, the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, found itself homeless this summer because of construction in Shubert Alley, its annual home in the heart of the New York City theatre district. “We’ll be back next July in Shubert Alley,” co-founder and three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters said in a video filmed amid the Shubert Alley construction. She was joined by Tony winner Santino Fontana and Tony and Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf. “In the meantime, wonderful dogs and cats at shelters across the country are waiting to be adopted,” Peters said. Broadway Barks, which Peters co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, helps New York City’s shelter and rescue animals find permanent homes. To find your forever friend from participating groups go to


“Where does all that money go?”

The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative


The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

$ 1,200,000

Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative

$ 900,000

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)

$ 450,000

Addiction and Recovery Services

$ 350,000

The Dancers’ Resource

$ 200,000

The Career Center

$ 300,000

Safe Workplace Initiative

$ 250,000

The Paul Libin Center



Senior Services



The Stage Managers’ Project



California Wildfires Assistance


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

The Actors Fund Total

100,000 $



National Grants

National Grants

Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 125 organizations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

$ 2,143,000

Nationally Recognized AIDS Service and Advocacy Organizations 49 agencies

$ 1,157,500

Local AIDS Service Organizations 304 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services

$ 2,305,500

Theatre Social Service Organizations



Natural Disaster Relief to Hispanic Federation and Flamboyan Foundation



Research, Special One-time Grants and Shared Support



Supplemental and Emergency Grants



Physician Volunteers for the Arts Broadway flu shot initiative



National Grants Total

$ 8,032,632

International Grants South Africa organizations in honor of The Lion King



The AFC (Canada), TheatreMAD (U.K.) and others



International Grants Total

2019 Grant-making Total

$ 588,920



MISSION STATEMENT Approved by the Board of Trustees on May 27, 2010

•  To mobilize the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS; •  To ensure direct support specifically through social services and programs of The Actors Fund to all individuals in the entertainment industry affected by critical health issues, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS; •  To support organizations across the country which provide treatment or services for people specifically affected by HIV/AIDS and their families; •  To promote and encourage public support for national and international programs and services which benefit people with HIV/AIDS; •  To increase public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through the creation and dissemination of educational materials;



Where Does All That Money Go?


Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction


The Actors Fund

11 Sharing Resources

•  To support efforts by the entertainment industry to address other critical health issues or respond to an emergency, in each case as approved by the Board of Trustees; •  To support efforts by the entertainment industry in other charitable or educational endeavors, in each case as approved by the Board of Trustees.


The Actors Fund National & Int’l Total

12 Easter Bonnet Competition

1987-1992 Equity Fights AIDS 1987-1992 Broadway Cares

15 National Grants

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Contributions

18 Advocacy Grants 19 Broadway Bares 22 Broadway Bets 23 Fire Island Dance Festival 25 Classical Action 26 Life Ball 27 Care-Tix 30 Angels Circle 35 Five Questions


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 * unaudited

Grant-making Total 1988-2019 Behind the Scenes

$ 2,775,250 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

$ 1,067,000

$ 771,780 $ 1,184,119 $ 676,404 $ 707,916 $ 1,400,549 $ 1,342,200 $ 1,711,819 $ 3,039,841 $ 3,033,566 $ 3,238,765 $ 2,689,679 $ 3,115,969 $ 4,437,338 $ 4,469,798 $ 4,518,364 $ 5,152,546 $ 5,737,298 $ 4,492,489 $ 5,824,988 $ 5,305,700 $ 6,218,796 $ 6,190,056 $ 6,091,777 $ 6,780,596 $ 6,452,808 $ 7,836,709 $ 7,788,683 $ 8,621,552 $8,621 $ 101,448,211 $ $ 119,899,102 634,000 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 6,186,000

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

1,405,780 2,838,119 2,434,404 2,498,916 3,410,549 3,589,700 4,182,819 5,739,841 5,988,902 6,068,265 5,421,679 6,138,469 7,797,838 7,986,298 8,035,864 8,824,046 10,039,298 7,892,489 9,984,988 9,320,200 10,843,796 10,490,056 10,694,777 11,956,096 12,055,358 13,373,709 13,685,258 14,807,552

$ 221,347,313

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Annual Event Unites and Celebrates the Broadway Fan in Everyone Ashley Escobar of New York City and Is Perlman of Miami bonded earlier this year while waiting on the rush ticket line at What the Constitution Means to Me. The 1,300 miles between them proved no match for the pair as they reunited September 22 in the heart of the Theatre District to search for one-of-a-kind treasures. “Last night we were in Washington, D.C., seeing the show on tour, and today we were here bright and early at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to buy all things What the Constitution Means to Me,” Escobar said. “Broadway really does bring people together.” Tens of thousands of theatre fans like Escobar and Perlman celebrated their shared love of Broadway at the 33rd annual edition of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. The biggest day for Broadway fans featured 56 tables, 62 of Broadway’s brightest stars and 219 live and silent auction items, and raised $870,167 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Behind the Scenes


Fans and collectors hunted for unique theatrical treasures from tables representing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, theatre owners and producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs. Undeniably unique items included a life-size cutout of Jelani Alladin as the titular star of Public Works’ sold-out and buzzed-about summer production of Hercules, a larger-than-life fuzzy “Q” from the long-running production of Avenue Q and customized brooms from Jujamcyn Theaters to represent the years they “swept” the Tony Awards. Marc Bonanni, a Brooklyn resident who has been attending the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction since 2009, picked up two of the Jujamcyn brooms: one from 1990 and another from 2001. “I keep coming back because where else can you get something as unique as this?” Bonanni said. For many avid collectors and benevolent Broadway fans, the excitement searching for unusual and extraordinary items makes the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction an unmissable day. “We shut down our business this weekend each year to make sure we never miss the flea market,” said Bill Kiska of Frederick, Maryland, who picked up a set of prop skis from Disney’s hit musical Frozen. “It’s our eighth flea market and it’s my family’s favorite day of the year.” The day concluded in Shubert Alley with the live auction, which raised $310,950.


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The most popular live auction lot was an unforgettable day with The Phantom of the Opera, including an onstage appearance in the Hannibal Opera sequence. The lot unmasked an impressive $16,000.

TOP 10 TABLES ATPAM ....................................................... $35,656

The second-most popular lot was lunch with Tony Award-winning Hadestown actor André De Shields and VIP house seats to the mythical megahit. The lot raised $13,000.

Hadestown ................................................. $29,940

Two tickets to the opening night of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical with exclusive invitations to the after-party raised $8,500. Opening night tickets and party passes to 21 of this season’s new shows raised an incredible $52,200.

TDF’s Pik-a-Tkt ........................................... $15,458

Fans were delighted by surprise star appearances throughout the live auction. Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations’ James Harkness tempted the audience with a smooth rendition of “My Girl” helping to raise $7,000 for VIP tickets and a backstage meet-and-greet with the cast. Also stopping by the live auction were Moulin Rouge! The Musical star Aaron Tveit, the irrepressible Julie Halston from Tootsie, the jazz hand-clad men from Broadway’s Chicago and cast members from the hit Off-Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof - in Yiddish.

Jujamcyn Theaters ..................................... $12,863

Beetlejuice ................................................... $19,831 Wicked ....................................................... $16,317 Hamilton/Freestyle Love Supreme .............. $14,826 Mean Girls ................................................... $14,286 Dear Evan Hansen ....................................... $13,984 The Shubert Organization’s Telecharge ...... $10,258

Broadway and television favorite Bryan Batt hosted the live auction with esteemed auctioneer Nick Nicholson. Auction favorites Jen Cody and Michael Goddard returned to cohost the silent auction, which raised $128,452. The top-selling silent auction lot was a pair of Kinky Boots signed by the original Broadway cast, which raised $5,000. 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, which raised $28,540. The effervescent duo of Jim Caruso and Ben Cameron, again hosted the table. The 33 editions of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have collectively raised $15.4 million.

The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was sponsored by The New York Times


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The Actors Fund

Friedman Health Center Services Expand in Response to Performing Arts Community


hroughout the year, for eight shows a week, artists onstage and the unseen theatre professionals offstage entertain audiences across the country. But once the curtain closes and the lights dim, the physical toll of this demanding life can set in. And with unique schedules and often complex health insurance concerns, it can be challenging to know where to turn in times of need or crisis. That’s why The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts expanded this year to include more specialists and general practitioners to support the needs of the performing arts community. This growth was buoyed by annual support of $1.2 million from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. A total of $6.2 million was shared with The Actors Fund in 2019 by Broadway Cares. In addition to The Friedman Health Center, this supports the Fund’s lifesaving and life-affirming social service programs including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center and more. It’s a safety net of social services helping everyone in entertainment and the performing arts who are in need, crisis or transition.


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The Friedman Health Center, operated by The Actors Fund in partnership with Mount Sinai Doctors, is the only center in New York City focused on the needs of the entertainment and performing arts community. “We’re responsive to the needs of the community,” said Renata Marinaro, national director of health services at The Actors Fund. “We’re listening and reacting to the demands of our patients. An example is the number of women who have told us they need good gynecological care in this city as well as quick, easy access to it. So that is something we made sure to add, and part of what has fueled this growth at The Friedman.” In addition to a female gynecologist, The Friedman Health Center is adding a female family medicine doctor this fall, who joins the two existing male primary care physicians. The center is also gaining a second dermatologist, who is in addition to the dermatology, podiatry and physical therapy services that have been added during the center’s two years in service.

“Dermatology was very important to us because it’s something our community expressed they needed,” said Dr. Jason Kindt, medical director at The Friedman Health Center. “Also, sports medicine and physical therapy were key additions because of dancers’ and performers’ injuries. The center is open to everyone, but we are definitely keeping the needs of performing arts professionals in mind as we move forward and expand.” The Friedman Health Center’s physical therapist is a former dancer, furthering the deep connection and understanding with the center’s patients. “You can’t necessarily stay off of your foot for two weeks when you’re a performer,” Marinaro said. “We know your job depends on it.” These doctors and specialists exist within the supportive ecosystem of The Actors Fund, offering flexible schedules and comprehensive insurance coverage for professionals in need. “People go on and off their insurance all the time, so we accept a broad range of insurance,” Marinaro said. “If they go from Equity coverage to being uninsured, we can continue to be their medical home. We support people when they’re going through these transitions, because it can be a volatile industry. Plus, we’re open until 7 pm most nights to accommodate these individuals when they need it.”

The Actors Fund also offers wellness events every month that are free and open to the public. Led by experts, recent seminars have covered topics from coping with insomnia without medication to preventing hearing loss in an industry inundated with loud noises and special effects. Ultimately, The Friedman Health Center, thanks in part to Broadway Cares and its supporters, thrives because its wellness professionals appreciate and respect the craft of those onstage and behind the scenes. “I did plays when I was in high school, but my love of musical theatre didn’t make up for my lack of talent, so I went to medical school,” Kindt joked. “I never dreamed I’d get to combine both of my passions. The fact that I am this involved with the theatre community blows my mind. It’s truly a dream job for me. I get to work with some of my idols every day.” For Marinaro, her love for the community is driven by how the community inspires her. “They make us laugh, they make us cry,” Marinaro said. “I have such respect for the work that is done in this community. Musicians, dancers, ushers, everybody in every facet puts in long hours. Their resilience is incredible. And I feel privileged to be able to help them when they need it.”

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Awarded to The Actors Fund in 2019

HIV/AIDS Initiative

The Dancers’ Resource

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.

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.

2019 grant: $2,000,000 Since 1988: $54,750,000

2019 grant: $200,000

The Friedman Health Center

The Career Center

Offering primary and specialty care, expedited referrals and extended hours, designed with the industry’s busy and often atypical schedules in mind.

Assisting those in the entertainment community identify and find meaningful sideline employment or a new career.

2019 grant: $1,200,000

Since 2017: $3,500,00

(Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic 2004-2017: $12,511,000)

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

2018 grant: $900,000

2019 grant: $300,000

Maintaining a reliable directory of doctors, specialists and other health care providers in 28 cities for Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions.

2019 grant: $50,000

Since 1996: $12,400,000

Since 2005: $896,000

Actors Fund Grant-Making Through the Years

Working with individuals, unions and local performing arts organizations to connect entertainment industry workers to health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

Since 2014: $2,850,000

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.

2019 grant: $350,000

Since 1998: $5,385,000

The Stage Managers’ Project

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center

2019 grant: $450,000

Since 2007: $3,035,000

Since 2015: $2,400,000



$ 2,955,000


$ 5,175,000




$ 5,602,000 $ 5,537,000 $ 5,898,000


$ 6,186,000

Sharing Resources

Pretty Woman Honors Broadway Legend Marin Mazzie After a long and heroic fight with ovarian cancer, Broadway actress and three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie passed away last year at 57. Mazzie and her husband, Jason Danieley, were one of the most beloved pairs on Broadway. In Mazzie’s memory and in honor of Danieley, who was starring in Pretty Woman at the time of her death, Pretty Woman and Broadway Cares donated $25,000 of the show’s spring fundraising efforts to Cancer Support Community. The organization ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Broadway Cares also introduced Cancer Support Community to The Actors Fund, helping to create an important collaboration that will enrich the support both organizations offer our family, friends and colleagues “in the business” who face the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish Offers Support to Victims of Mosque Shooting Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish has been sharing its linguistic twist on the timeless story of tradition, family and faith throughout its acclaimed Off-Broadway runs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and now Stage 42. Honoring history and combating the religious violence still present today, Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish and Broadway Cares proudly shared $15,000 of the show’s spring fundraising efforts with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. The organization helped the community recover after a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018. This donation was in support of the New Zealand Islamophobic Attack Emergency Relief Fund, the organization’s relief effort for victims of the March 2019 attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

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Easter Bonnet Competition

Legacy, Community and Creativity Mark Record-Breaking Annual Event


hat’s the key to creating the foundation for the perfect bonnet? “First, you get a hard hat,”

said actor and Broadway wardrobe veteran Billy Hipkins. Over nearly two decades of supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Hipkins has built 15 bonnets for the Easter Bonnet Competition, winning the coveted title of best bonnet design twice. He’s created everything from a giant, two-sided bonnet featuring an exploding smartphone to a magical fantasy land complete with a moving monorail. Hipkins’ Easter Bonnet Competition skills aren’t limited to what dons actors’ heads. He’s frequently written and appeared in skits and this year co-wrote and directed the opening number while also designing Be More Chill’s breathtaking bonnet. The opening kicked off inspiring, comical and soul-stirring performances shared by the entire theatre community. The 33rd annual Easter Bonnet Competition raised $6,594,778, the highest amount ever for a Broadway Cares event. The record-breaking number was thanks to 69 Broadway, OffBroadway and national touring productions and was announced by Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Glenda Jackson and Kelli


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O’Hara. The previous record was $6,379,572, set in 2017. Since the Easter Bonnet Competition began in 1987, the event has raised $87.5 million. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition took place on April 22 and 23 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney's The Lion King. The production featured memorable performances and 20 handcrafted bonnets. This year’s top overall fundraising award went to the Hamilton And Peggy tour, which raised $513,734. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise appearance to accept the award. The award for best presentation went to the cast of Off-Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof - in Yiddish, which asked the question, “What if other Broadway classics were translated into Yiddish?” Their side-splitting medley culminated with the show’s legendary director, Joel Grey, singing “Git op mayn grus tsu Brodvey” (“Give my regards to Broadway”). The skit was written by cast members Ben Liebert and Adam B. Shapiro. The award for best bonnet design went to Come From Away. Designed by Melissa Joy Crawford, the bonnet honored Gander, Newfoundland’s new-found status as a tourist attraction in the wake of Come From Away’s exceptional success.

“The teamwork across our company for the cause was just amazing.” This year’s bonnet parade featured Kiss Me, Kate, Waitress, Wicked and the national tour of Hello, Dolly!. Broadway Cares affiliate organizations Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina also presented handcrafted bonnets. The Easter Bonnet Competition also included a spirited and salsainfused tribute to all the national touring productions, set to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” choreographed by Richard J. Hinds. The show concluded with Karen Mason singing the Easter Bonnet Competition anthem, “Help is on the Way,” written by David Friedman. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition featured a bevy of special guest hosts, including Stephen Ashfield, Kim Exum and Cody Jamison Strand from The Book of Mormon, Micaela Diamond and Jarrod Spector from The Cher Show; Bongi Duma and Tryphena Wade from The Lion King; Gideon Glick, Celia Keenan-Bolger and

The illuminated bonnet paid homage to the ubiquitous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. This year’s Easter Bonnet Competition opening number, written and co-directed by Hipkins and directed and choreographed by James Kinney, was a dance-driven exploration into what fundraising is like for participating casts. Music direction was by Ted Arthur with orchestrations by Nick Connors and Adam Michael Kaufman. Costume design was by Stacey Stephens. “I came up with a storyline, and let James’ genius create a gorgeous dance-driven piece as I did my best to support him,” Hipkins said. “And as I wrote, I kept calling one character ‘the Billy character.’ He’s the guy who builds the bonnets. And I couldn’t get anybody to play it, until I offhandedly said, ‘I should just do it.’ And James said, ‘I want you to do it!’ And next thing I know, I was on the stage.” Other memorable performances at this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition included Aladdin, Avenue Q, Be More Chill, The Cher Show, Come From Away, Frozen, King Kong and NEWSical the Musical. A jazzy dance number, also choreographed by Kinney, represented Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. And all of these performances were paired with one-of-a-kind bonnets. Hipkins created the bonnet for Be More Chill, complete with the show’s iconic headphones and a massive “squip,” a mind-controlling pill that plays a key role in the musical’s plot. “I made the pill transparent and worked with the electrics department to get it to move, light up and explode confetti inside the center of the pill,” Hipkins said. Behind the Scenes


Will Pullen from To Kill a Mockingbird; Jayne Houdyshell from King Lear; Andy Karl and Orfeh from Pretty Woman; Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber from The Prom; Heidi Schreck from What the Constitution Means to Me; and James Snyder from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This year's judges were Gbenga Akinnagbe from To Kill a Mockingbird; Samantha Barks from Pretty Woman; Ralph Brown from The Ferryman; Paige Davis from Chicago and host of TV’s Trading Spaces; Andrew Barth Feldman from Dear Evan Hansen; Jenny Jules from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Patrick Page from Hadestown; Emily Skinner and Teal Wicks from The Cher Show; and Mary Testa from Oklahoma!. Also on the panel were Nathan Noh and Peg Wendlandt, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 32nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September 2018. The Easter Bonnet Competition was directed by Kathleen E. Purvis with Arabella Powell serving as production stage manager, leading a team of 11 expert stage managers. Ted Arthur was music director and Charles Gordon was orchestra coordinator. Lighting design was by Timothy Reed and sound by Alain Van Achte.


Hamilton - And Peggy.....$513,734

BROADWAY MUSICALS Top Fundraiser Hamilton.......................... $325,305 1st Runner-Up Mean Girls........................ $238,005 2nd Runner-Up The Lion King..................... $191,378 3rd Runner-Up Wicked.............................. $180,037

BROADWAY PLAYS Top Fundraiser To Kill a Mockingbird........ $196,464 1st Runner-Up Network............................. $92,518

NATIONAL TOURS Top Fundraiser Hamilton – Angelica.........$354,035 1st Runner-Up Wicked - Munchkinland.... $337,562 2nd Runner-Up Hamilton - Philip ............. $250,435 3rd Runner-Up Dear Evan Hansen ............$213,692 Easter Bonnet Competition was sponsored by The New York Times

OFF-BROADWAY PLAYS & MUSICALS Top Fundraiser Fiddler on the Roof -



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in Yiddish............................ $77,283

1st Runner-Up Avenue Q............................ $62,396

69 Companies Raised $6,594,778

National Grants

Organizations Across Country Share Thanks with Broadway Cares Supporters


om Viola stepped into his office one morning this summer and was greeted with unexpected gratitude delivered in a surprising manner. Stacked on his desk, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ executive director found more than two dozen letters with postmarks from Alabama to Minnesota, Connecticut to California. They came from organizations in a dozen states that received support and hope through Broadway Cares’ grants that had just been awarded in June in the third round of the annual National Grants program. “There are approximately 1,000 people needing a safe place to sleep tonight in the state of Minnesota,” read the letter from Clare Housing in Minneapolis, which received a $10,000 grant again this year thanks to Broadway Cares’ supporters. “And, for individuals living with HIV, the barriers to housing are too numerous, including HIV stigma, racism, poverty and generational trauma. Your commitment ensures that each resident has a stable home with the support they need to live an independent and dignified life.” While it’s common for those receiving grants to share thanks and appreciation, this one day’s volume of gratitude was particularly striking. “To arrive to all these letters from organizations coast to coast, doing groundbreaking work in supporting the most vulnerable among us, was deeply and quietly moving," Viola said. “It’s such an important reminder of the difference we make together. Just a few weeks earlier, our National Grants committee had awarded $2.3 million to 304 organizations in our largest grant round of the year. Thanks to Broadway Cares supporters, we’ll cover direct services and case management, supportive housing programs, emergency financial assistance, harm reduction programs and quality of life services for these lifesaving organizations.”

And the services and programs powered by Broadway Cares supporters are diverse and vital for so many individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. A $7,500 grant from Broadway Cares to Thrive Alabama in Huntsville helps cover the ongoing operating costs of its mobile HIV- and STI-testing program called ThriveMobile. Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist Jennifer Deermer explained in the letter that testing people and quickly linking them to care is integral in slowing the spread of HIV and STIs within their community. A letter from Shelley Starr, executive director of Casa de Esperanza de los Niños in Houston, explained that every dollar of its $10,000 grant will go toward services for HIV-affected children, providing safety for them and hope for families in crisis situations. Starr also shared a quote from someone helped by the grant: “Knowing that each day my children are shown that they are loved, are given the ability to live without fear and are able to sleep peacefully makes every difficult moment worth it.” Earlier this year, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $2.1 million to 125 organizations in 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, for food service and meal delivery programs. Healthy meals are an essential part of a lifesaving medical regimen. In April, $1.2 million was awarded to 49 nationally recognized AIDS service and advocacy agencies. In all, thanks to Broadway Cares supporters and donors, more than $8 million in grants was awarded 478 medical and social service organizations in 2019. In the corner of the letter from Covenant House in Charleston, WV, was a handwritten note from Executive Director Ellen Allen: “We are deeply grateful for your generous support of our work. You can’t imagine what it means to us here, far from New York.” So much of this work and so many of these stories wouldn’t be told without the generosity and kindness of Broadway Cares supporters. Behind the Scenes


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Advocacy Grants

Grants Share Hope and Empowerment Across the Country “Without you, I’d be a statistic. Now, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can be somebody.” - Freddie


reddie was 24 and never expected to hear he was HIV positive.

“Immediately, tears just started streaming down my face,” Freddie said. “But then, a switch went off. I vowed to whatever God exists that every moment would count from now on.” Through a friend, Freddie, homeless and working two jobs, ultimately found a helping hand at Chicago House and his healing journey began. This April, Chicago House received a $35,000 grant as part of Broadway Cares’ second annual grant round, which funds nationally recognized AIDS service and advocacy organizations. The organization helped Freddie balance work and his status, as well as find him an affordable apartment in the city.


In 2019, Broadway Cares awarded $1.2 million to 49 agencies across the country as part of this grant round. These groups serve large metropolitan areas with a particularly high concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS. Behind the Scenes

The round also supports organizations conducting advocacy work that increases funding, advances treatment and supports public policy for a large geographic area or nationally. Their work affects and empowers the entire network of HIV/AIDS service programs. “This advocacy work is so vital,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “Today more than ever before, we face political threats, budgetary cuts and deregulation. The decrease in funding for the essential safety net of services offered by states and the federal government means these grants are saving lives and supporting those who need it most.” Now, thanks to Chicago House and the generosity of Broadway Cares donors, Freddie is working toward his bachelor’s degree and creating the future he’s dreamed for himself. “Without you, I’d be a statistic,” Freddie said. “Now, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can be somebody.”

Broadway Bares

Sensational Striptease Breaks Records and Honors Stonewall Riots


roadway Bares Director Laya Barak’s inspiration comes from an unexpected source.

“My mom met a woman in Michigan and casually mentioned I was working on a fundraiser for Broadway Cares,” Barak, who started as a Bares choreographer four years ago, said. “The woman shared that her son battled HIV/AIDS. Broadway Cares supported the organization that helped him pay for his medical treatment. To hear that she was touched by what we were doing all the way in New York made me realize just how amazing and important Broadway Bares is.” This year, Barak led 192 of New York City’s sexiest dancers to a sensational evening of record-breaking, sold-out, modern-day burlesque at Broadway Bares: Take Off. Two performances raised $2,006,192 on June 16 at Hammerstein Ballroom. This year’s Broadway Bares offered a tantalizing twist on world travel. The show took the audience on a rousing romp around the world, triumphantly landing at the 50th anniversary of the

Stonewall riots, the birth of the LGBTQrights movement. Barak created the wanderlust-inducing theme centered around Stonewall’s momentous anniversary to remind the audience of how far we’ve come and that celebrations like Broadway Bares can exist because of those who stood up for equality. “I wanted to make sure we honored those who came before us,” Barak said. “Without them, we could never have a show as liberating as Broadway Bares. We celebrate our community because of the path they paved for us.” Guided by an extra-sexy Bares Air pilot and steward, two gay couples set to take off and strip down on an international adventure. Behind the Scenes


The evening featured a tempting around-the-world trek, starting with an otherworldly summoning at a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration and continuing with a sweaty, seductive delay on the tarmac. A sultry, salsa-infused escape to España featured a spirited taming of the bull, while a voyage to Amsterdam’s Red Light District invited some all-female seduction. A frisky flight on Bares Air invited passengers and crew alike to join the Mile High Club, leading to a vigorous and vivacious Carnival honoring the traditions of Brazil, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. A Parisian runway show transformed into a vogue ballinspired face off with a show-stopping guest appearance by Tony Award winner Billy Porter. It was followed by a rousing cure for flying fears when in-flight entertainment transformed the bustling cabin into a disco party. A woman warrior showed she didn’t need saving from a sea of sexy dancing samurais in Japan, while a pilgrimage to Burning Man shared the festival’s artistic and creative energy with colorful striptease. A celebratory and historically important arrival at Stonewall Inn served as the culmination of the couples’ vacation, ultimately ushering in World Pride in NYC. One of Barak’s favorite moments was watching the Stonewall number’s final rehearsal and seeing the inspiring response from the other dancers and choreographers in the rehearsal studio. “There were cheers all around the room, and I realized, ‘Oh my god. This number is already touching people,’” Barak said. “Right here, in this room without projections and all of the costumes, people are being affected by this important storytelling.” Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who created Broadway Bares in 1992, serves as executive producer with Nick Kenkel. At the show’s conclusion, Mitchell and Porter thanked presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam for its $200,000 donation and the audience for its commitment. “We will not be stigmatized for the very thing that makes us beautiful,” Porter said. “Let us take care of each other and stay safe and protected in every way we can. What we do together, every move, grind and strip, truly makes a difference.” The presenting sponsor of Broadway Bares is M∙A∙C VIVA Glam. Broadway Bares: Take Off was sponsored by CAA, Finlandia, GS New York, Mark Fisher Fitness, Marriott Marquis New York and The New York Times.


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Q&A with Stripathon’s Top Fundraisers


tripathon, the online fundraiser led by Broadway Bares’ cast and crew, raised a record-shattering $1,066,129. This marks the first time in the fundraiser’s history that Stripathon passed the $1 million mark, and the fourth year in a row it was the single largest contributor to the event’s grand total.

However, one of the largest motivators is seeing how everyone comes together for this event. It’s a great reminder of what can be accomplished when we work in tandem.

Nearly $100,000 of that support came from two individuals. This year’s top fundraiser, winning the crown as “Mr. Stripathon” was Mark MacKillop of the Anastasia national tour, who raised $54,468. He was followed by last year’s Mr. Stripathon, L. Steven Taylor of Broadway’s The Lion King, who raised $44,079 this year.

MacKillop: I definitely have a fabulous group of friends who support me each year. However, each time, a new group of people from my friend circle will surprise me.

Q: What initially motivated you to participate in Broadway Bares and Stripathon? Mark MacKillop: A friend took me to Broadway Bares: United Strips of America in 2013. I was just so drawn to the whole experience and the fact that the money raised was going toward a cause I feel passionate about was perfect. My first year performing in 2014’s Broadway Bares: Rock Hard, I raised $5,000.

Q: What surprises you most about the people who donate?

Taylor: How generous people are. I have people I’ve known all my life, who I know struggle to make ends meet, contribute $5 because they know firsthand how far that five dollars can stretch in the life of someone who has nothing. I see how huge people’s hearts are. I’m still surprised and humbled by this.

L. Steven Taylor: My first year performing was 2017 in Broadway Bares: Strip U. Honestly, it was the enthusiasm of my friends that got me involved. That year, I blew past my fundraising goal of $2,000 and raised over $18,000! Q: Do you enjoy the fundraising rivalry among performers? MacKillop: I think that healthy rivalry is important for Bares. It fosters a great fundraising culture where there is a sense of competition, but we also cheer each other on. Taylor: I am a pretty competitive person by nature. I’d be lying if I said that the gusto of my fellow fundraisers didn’t motivate me.

Bares Storms Fire Island with Broadway Flair Twenty-six delectable dancers brought Broadway-inspired moves and record-breaking fundraising totals to Fire Island Pines, NY, at this year’s tantalizingly theatrical Broadway Bares Fire Island on June 1. This year’s event raised $78,227 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, surpassing last year’s then-record of $59,207. NYC’s hottest dancers took attendees on a rowdy romp through some of Broadway’s biggest hits, putting a seductive twist on hits from Sweeney Todd to The Phantom of the Opera, from Priscilla Queen of the Desert to On the Town. While some pieces were more romantic and resonant, like a captivating twist on Camelot, others took a light-hearted approach, like a comedic and gender-bending take on Cinderella. Broadway Bares Fire Island was directed and choreographed by Michael Lee Scott with associate choreographers Cesar Abreu, Andrés Acosta, Justin Henry and Sidney Erik Wright.

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Broadway Bets

Texas Hold ’em Tournament Wins Big on Fifth Anniversary


roadway executives Micah Hollingworth and Mark Shacket have been playing in a weekly poker game with industry insiders for more than 20 years. Hollingworth realized their penchant for poker could become something even bigger and make an impact. “Micah had the idea of using our poker-playing proclivities in service of something charitable and proposed creating an annual charity event benefiting Broadway Cares,” said Shacket, partner at Foresight Theatrical. “I immediately agreed to help create the evening and planning began.” Hollingworth, co-founder and CEO at BroadwAI, added: “Since most of us work in theatre, the thing we know best is how to put on a show.” An idea born out of a weekly game of Texas Hold ’em has become a sold-out event buzzing with luminaries from across the industry, including theatre owners, producers, general managers, actors, theatrical advertising agency executives and professional poker players. For Broadway Bets’ second year, Brett Sirota of The Road Company joined Hollingworth and Shacket and the three now serve annually as tournament directors. This year’s event featured 28 Texas Hold ’em poker tables and 280 card players filling two floors of the iconic Sardi’s Restaurant in NYC’s theatre district. Broadway Bets celebrated its fifth anniversary May 13 and raised a record-breaking $315,200 for Broadway Cares. “The successful growth of Broadway Bets demonstrates the desire of the community to share a relaxed and fun evening in a way that’s less formal than many of the industry gatherings throughout the year,” Shacket said. “The event allows for a rare moment of relaxation among a close-knit community that is both artistically and charitably driven.” This year’s final hand featured Elliot Greene, executive vice president of The Shubert Organization, and To Kill a Mockingbird actor Ted Koch. Surrounded by an energetic crowd, both players went “all in” after rounds of intense play. Ultimately, Greene was crowned Broadway Bets champion when he bested Koch with a pair of queens. As winner, Greene received four days and three


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nights for two at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, including airfare, hotel and show tickets. The final table also featured, in order of finish: Lisa Guzman, associate general manager of Foresight Theatrical; actor Aaron Jackson; Rob Hinderliter, producer and co-founder of R&D Theatricals; Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck; poker pro Andy Frankenberger; actor Audrey Federici; Rich Jaffe, co-CEO, Theatre Division & CMO of Broadway Across America; David Lazar, executive vice president of Trafalgar Entertainment; Kelly Shoemaker, account executive at The Shubert Organization; and two-time Tony nominee and Oscar winner Steve Martin. Among the other stars upping the ante as players were six-time Emmy Award winner Hank Azaria, Eric Bogosian, Emmy nominee Josh Charles, Robert Creighton, Tony winner Billy Crudup, Tony nominee Richard Kind, “The Gist” podcast host Mike Pesca, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver and Nick Wyman. They also were joined by poker pros Maria Konnikova and Erik Seidel. Other stars also enjoying the Broadway Bets fun were To Kill a Mockingbird 2019 Tony nominees Jeff Daniels, Gideon Glick and Celia Keenan-Bolger, cast mates Gbenga Akinnagbe and Dakin Matthews and the play’s Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer, Aaron Sorkin; Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz and Emmy-winning actor and comedian Mike Myers. Broadway Bets’ founding co-chairs are Paul Libin, president emeritus of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees and executive vice president emeritus of Jujamcyn Theaters, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and president of the Broadway Cares Board of Trustees. For Hollingworth, Shacket and Sirota, at the heart of the growth and success of Broadway Bets is a desire to do good and make a difference. “From Easter Bonnet Competition to Broadway Bares, Broadway Cares hosts some of the most fun and successful fundraising events year after year,” Hollingworth said. “If we can, in any small way, help support and expand its good work, the world is better for it.” PHOTOS

Fire Island Dance Festival


25th Anniversary Event Honors Past and Celebrates Record Fundraising n 1995, Dancers Responding to AIDS founders Hernando Cortez and Denise Roberts Hurlin saw the

devastating impact HIV/AIDS was having in their community and the toll it was taking in Fire Island Pines, long a place of shelter and refuge for gay men. “In the Pines, HIV/AIDS was immediate for everyone,” Hurlin said. “The disease was a daily part of everyone’s lives. The island understood our mission and knew firsthand how important it was. We created Fire Island Dance Festival not only to raise money to help friends and strangers, but to celebrate this community.” Twenty-five years later, the silver anniversary edition of Fire Island Dance Festival delivers a diverse, captivating program of world premieres, dance legends and stirring storytelling. The festival on July 19-21 raised a record-shattering $657,842 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. “I feel privileged to be able to continue to do it, both because of the supportive dance community and our donors in the Pines,” Hurlin said. “They empower themselves to help us.

They are invested in us. They continue to be committed to us, 25 years later.” This weekend of dance set a fundraising record for the ninth year in a row. In its 25 editions, Fire Island Dance Festival has raised more than $6.7 million to ensure the most vulnerable among across the country have access to lifesaving medications, counseling, healthy meals and supportive housing. The charitable event of the Fire Island summer this year included the world premieres of six remarkable works. Since the festival began in 1995, 74 works have premiered at Fire Island Dance Festival. This year’s festival was hosted by Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey, the original Emcee from Cabaret.

The festival featured 10 unique pieces. The legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company opened the performance with Sunset, one of the company’s seminal works that premiered in 1983. This poignant story of men going off to war was groundbreaking as one of the first to share stories of love and loss between two men on stage. Martha Nichols shared her captivating Motion on Long Island native Jordan Lang of Ballet BC. Lang moved lithely across the stage, alternating between angular isolations and flowing, celestial movements.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented Sinner Man, a celebrated excerpt from the company’s lauded masterwork Revelations. The trio of men exhibited unparalleled physicality and technique while tapping into mesmerizing emotional depth. In shimmering blue costumes that rivaled the bay’s breathtaking sky, American Ballet Theatre soloists Aran Bell and Catherine Hurlin shared the world premiere of James Whiteside’s Adagio 1986. Catherine Hurlin is the daughter of DRA’s founding director, bringing family and community to the forefront of this year’s festival. MOMIX, the most presented company in the festival’s history, performed the highly athletic Pole Dance. Three male dancers inventively bounded off poles and seemingly defied gravity to take flight. American Ballet Theatre soloist Calvin Royal III and A.I.M dancer Tamisha Guy shared a world premiere excerpt of Kyle Abraham’s An Untitled Love. The pair sensually matched each other’s soulful rhythms. Garen Scribner seemed to ascend from the depths of the bay when he emerged from behind the stage in the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Sand. Scribner channeled the flowing and unpredictable nature of his lush Fire Island surroundings in this emotive contemporary ballet. Tony Award nominee Robbie Fairchild performed Destination Moon, joined by choreographer Michelle Dorrance on ukulele and a troupe of tap-dancing men. Once Dorrance left him, the world premiere piece erupted into a fury of fast-moving feet, culminating in Fairchild dramatically falling backward off the stage in despair. Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet member Christopher D’Ariano and principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite shared the world premiere of Garrett Smith’s Continuum, an elegant contemporary piece featuring fluid, supportive movement. Al Blackstone concluded the show with the world premiere of his Weekend ’76, a celebration of the Pines as an inclusive, euphoric enclave for the LGBTQ community set to disco hits. The piece told the story of a Fire Island weekend in 1976, ending with a spirit-lifting, all-inclusive dance party. Ephrat Asherie Dance kicked off the festival Friday night with a performance of Odeon, a high-energy exploration of break dance, hip hop, house and vogue. This exclusive performance, sponsored by DIRECTV, was part of the opening event for the festival's Leadership Supporters. In honor of Fire Island Dance Festival’s 25th anniversary, a $25,000 grant was made to the Pines Care Center’s rapid HIV and STD testing initiative. The grant will continue annually at $7,500 as part of Broadway Cares’ National Grants Program. “HIV/AIDS is still ever-present in our lives,” Hurlin said. “We have broadened our support to serve so many, which is paramount. But there are many people in the Pines and beyond who have been touched by the disease’s devastation. The festival continues to honor those memories, as well as celebrate the difference we’ve made together.” Fire Island Dance Festival was sponsored by DIRECTV, Kikico Property Management, The New York Times, The P. Austin Family Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Sayville Ferry, The SHS Foundation and Walter Boss Custom Builder.


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Classical Action


Renowned Artists Share Captivating Programs in Intimate House Concerts

ne of the world’s most celebrated ensembles and an illustrious solo pianist dazzled audiences this spring as part of Classical Action’s 2019 Hamlen-Palm Series of house concerts. The Emerson String Quartet filled a New York City loft for its intimate performance April 9. The world-renowned quartet has amassed an unparalleled list of achievements over four decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year.” The quartet opened the concert with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No. 18 in A Major. Changing the tone of the evening, the quartet then presented Dmitri Shostakovich’s energetic and vigorous String Quartet No. 2 in A Major. As an encore, they played “I Wander Often Past Yonder House,” from Antonín Dvořák’s Cypresses, a series of love songs based on Czech poetry. The lovely and melodic piece enchanted the crowd, which erupted into a standing ovation. One month later, when legendary pianist André Watts fell ill and couldn’t perform the final concert of the series’ inaugural season, celebrated pianist Simone Dinnerstein stepped in.

Dinnerstein emerged in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard classical chart in its first week. Dinnerstein has made eight albums, all of which have topped the Billboard classical charts. Dinnerstein performed her May 9 program without pause, taking the audience through a cyclical journey of styles from baroque to romantic to 20th century before returning to baroque. She opened with Francois Couperin’s “Les Barricades Mysérieuses” from Piéces de clavecin then seamlessly transitioned into Robert Schumann’s Arabesque. Dinnerstein then traveled into the 20th century with Philip Glass’ Mad Rush before returning to Couperin with “Le tic-toc-choc, ou les Maillotins” from Piéces de clavecin, livre 3. Dinnerstein returned for two encores. The first was Etude No. 6 by Philip Glass, who has written works specifically for Dinnerstein. She then shared an excerpt from the piece that launched her career. Dinnerstein closed the inaugural season of the Hamlen-Palm Series, which was launched by soprano Denyce Graves in January. The series is named for the late Michael Palm, a financial expert and philanthropist, and the late Charles Hamlen, founding director of Classical Action. The Hamlen-Palm Series is generously supported by the Michael Palm Foundation and The Hargrove Pierce Foundation. Behind the Scenes


Life Ball Ends 26-Year Run with Broadway Bares Sizzle


ife Ball, Europe’s largest fundraising event supporting local and international agencies working with those living with HIV/AIDS, celebrated its 26th - and final - annual performance by filling the streets in front of Vienna’s landmark “Rathaus” (City Hall) with fabulous fashion, celebration and activism. “Imagine a combination of New York City’s Halloween Parade and the Super Bowl halftime show, preceded by a red-carpet parade of 20,000 people, most in some kind of drag or high fashion that stretched for four city blocks, leading to the Rathaus,” said Tom Viola, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ executive director. “That is the extravaganza of Life Ball with what seemed like all of Vienna involved within the legendary Ringstrasse in the heart of the city.” Broadway Cares, one of the event’s six international beneficiaries that also included amFAR and Charlize Theron African Outreach Project, brought Broadway’s signature razzle dazzle to the proceedings. At Broadway Cares’ invitation, Keala Settle opened the show with a stirring performance of her signature song “This is Me,” from The Greatest Showman. Settle later tweeted that she had “never been to a more electric and unifying event in [her] days on this earth!” Tony Award winner and Broadway Cares Trustee Alan Cumming joined Viola in speaking about the organization from the stage before introducing a video message from the inimitable Billy Porter, a fellow Tony winner, Emmy Award-winning star of Pose and longtime friend of Broadway Cares. Porter spoke of the importance of diversity and inclusion and announced an international performance of “Life Ball Bares,” a Broadway Baresstyle number created especially for the event.


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The sexy and seductive number, performed to Madonna’s iconic “Vogue,” was choreographed by Broadway Bares co-executive producer Nick Kenkel, starred Wicked’s Josh Daniel Green and featured 15 Broadway dancers, augmented with another eight dancers from Vienna. This year’s Life Ball performance also featured actors and LGBTQ activists Lea DeLaria, Lorna Luft and Nico Tortorella, representing Broadway Cares. Over the last two years, Broadway Cares has received $300,000 as beneficiary of Life Ball, as well as being presented with Swarovski’s Crystal of Hope Award at the 2019 Gala Ball. “Broadway Cares is very grateful to have been a part of Life Ball’s extraordinary 26 year run,” Viola said. “It was a wildly extravagant show, but also an important and unique fundraising event filled with incredible showmanship, endless theatrics and, most importantly, support for the most vulnerable across the world. We applaud their success and legacy.”

Care-Tix Program Offers Exclusive Seats at the Hottest Shows on Broadway


ith each Broadway season comes new blockbusters, bringing tickets that are seemingly impossible to secure. Fortunately, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS offers access to the best seats on Broadway and beyond through its Care-Tix program.

loved or appreciated it more.” Stephen Toups, who saw Broadway’s Come From Away with Care-Tix, had a similarly enthusiastic reaction: “The tickets were great, the musical was incredible and the experience was the best. Plus, my money went to a great cause — I couldn’t be happier.”

Care-Tix has access to premium and house seats for Broadway Care-Tix purchasers make a tax-deductible donation to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, Equity national tours, select music and Cares in addition to the ticket’s face value. In general, the cost is dance events and regional theatre productions. The house seats are twice the face value with half being the donation, but this can vary picked by producers and are the best in the theatre. These exclusive depending on the show. All pricing is confirmed prior to finalizing tickets cannot be purchased online or in person at each request. It’s a unique way to see a show while “The tickets were the box office. making a difference for those in need. great, the musical was incredible and the Care-Tix was born in 1990 during Broadway Cares’ In addition to obtaining these coveted tickets, Care-Tix experience was the earliest days. It began with two house seats available patrons get tailored customer service from a personal best. Plus, my money to every performance of The Phantom of the Opera theatre concierge. Ashley Melón, the program’s went to a great cause and Les Misérables. Since then, Care-Tix has grown manager, helps ticket purchasers choose the best shows I couldn’t be happier.” to include access to virtually every Broadway show, based on their interests and specifications. From offering availability to the most sought-after block- -Stephen Toups bachelorette parties at Waitress to family vacations at buster productions including The Book of Mormon, Frozen, Melón has found solutions for every interest Wicked, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, and occasion. Mean Girls, Chicago and more. “Whether it’s figuring out what show works best for a group or In addition to the long-running hits, Care-Tix access is available getting to talk about a client’s favorite musicals or plays, each for this year’s most talked-about Tony winners, nominees and new correspondence with a guest is very special to me,” Melón said. arrivals, including Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the “Broadway has been important to me since I experienced my first Temptations, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge!, Oklahoma!, Broadway show when I was nine years old. To be a small part of To Kill a Mockingbird and Tootsie, among many more. people's memories in their own theatre viewing experiences is something that can’t be measured.” “We loved our Care-Tix experience,” said Raymond T. Shelton, who saw Hamilton on Broadway through the program. To learn more about Care-Tix, please contact Melón at “Both of my nieces turned to me at intermission and said, ‘This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done.’ We could not have Behind the Scenes



Supporters Celebrate Tony Awards with Broadway Cares n Broadway’s biggest night, Broadway Cares supporters were invited to exclusive, unique experiences throughout the day of the Tony Awards.

Tony Awards Sunday began with a special group of donors at Radio City Music Hall attending the show’s invitation-only final dress rehearsal. After rehearsal, they headed to a private lunch and were joined by a few special guests, Broadway favorites Kate Baldwin, Nikki M. James and Adam Kantor. The afternoon was full of behind-the-scenes stories and lots of laughter. The evening brought together a fabulous group of theatregoers to celebrate and support Broadway Cares at the annual Tony Awards at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Before the broadcast, guests gathered for cocktails and entertainment from the evening’s extraordinary host, Tony nominee Ariana DeBose. She shared stories of her own Tony Awards experiences, as well as her successful auditions for the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner film adaptation of West Side Story, which will be released next year. DeBose dazzled with show-stopping performances of Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night,” “Get Out and Stay Out” from 9 to 5 and an outrageous and hysterical mashup of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid and “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company. DeBose ended with a heartfelt, powerful thank you to her Broadway community, singing a stunning rendition of “Home” from The Wiz. Guests then turned their attention to the broadcast, celebrating eventual winners The Boys in the Band, The Ferryman, Hadestown and Oklahoma!, as well as all of the evening’s other winners and nominees. Presented by the Broadway Cares Leadership Council, the evening raised $136,082.


Fifth Year of Broadway Bakes Stirs Up Delicious Support

chmackary’s, Broadway’s favorite cookie shop, rallied in May for its fifth incarnation of Broadway Bakes, a favorite annual tradition for theatre fans in New York City. Broadway Bakes features some of the main stem’s biggest names working behind the Schmackary’s counter to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. During the week-long event, which was the brainchild of owner Zachary Schmahl, half of the proceeds from sales and 100 percent of the tips donated go directly to Broadway Cares. Two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman from Beetlejuice donned a Schmackary’s apron alongside Jimmy Davis from this season’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma!. Fans lined up out the door of Schmackary’s storefront to be served by leading ladies Christy Altomare and Laura Osnes, and real-life actor couples Colin Donnell and Patti Murin and Isaac Cole Powell and Wesley Taylor. This year’s lineup of cookie slingers also included stars from Be More Chill, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Mean Girls. Open since 2012, Schmackary’s offers gourmet cookies from its home in the theatre district. Offering a rotating menu of cookie flavors, the Hell’s Kitchen location is popular among both theatre artists and fans. In the five years of Broadway Bakes, Schmackary’s has donated $62,797 to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


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Angels Circle


Donors Enjoy Insider Experience with Tony Award-winning Best Musical

n appreciation for their tireless and continued support for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Angels Circle members at the House Seat level and above were invited to go “way down” to one of the hottest shows on Broadway. On September 11, City National Bank hosted a special evening with the Tony Award-winning Best New Musical Hadestown.

Marable offered an inside perspective on her experience in developing and growing with this new musical. She participated in early choreographic workshops, assisting in the development of the show’s movement vocabulary prior to its West End run. She shared how thrilled she is to be dancing those steps in her first show as an original Broadway cast member.

The evening began at City National Bank’s elegant event space, where Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola was joined by Hadestown producer Tom Kirdahy and cast member Kimberly Marable. In an informal and riveting conversation, Kirdahy and Marable discussed their connection with Broadway Cares and their experiences as part of the celebrated Broadway hit.

City National Bank Senior Vice President Erik Piecuch spoke briefly about his company’s history and commitment to providing private banking services for film, television, athletes, musicians and Broadway. As “the bank of Broadway,” Piecuch mentioned how the bank’s ongoing partnership with Broadway Cares brings them great pride.

The pair are true champions for the organization and the cause. Kirdahy, who joined the Broadway Cares Board of Trustees in October, was instrumental in creating legal service programs for people living with HIV. Marable is co-founder of Broadway Cares affiliate program Broadway Serves, which aims to connect people in the industry to meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Before heading to the Walter Kerr Theatre to see the megahit musical, Viola said: “Kicking off our new fiscal year with the extraordinary show Hadestown and a room full of such generous supporters and champions means a lot to us. Our friends at City National Bank, Tom Kirdahy and Kimberly Marable exemplify the energy that the community brings to our efforts that allows us, along with all of you, to make a difference in this complicated world.”

During the conversation, Kirdahy noted how, when initially approached with Hadestown, he turned it down, as he was busy with other projects. But that all changed when he heard the music. “Within five minutes, I knew I had to be part of this team,” Kirdahy said.

House Seat-level Angels Circle members donate at least $10,000 per year. To learn more and become an Angel at any level, please contact Sarah Cardillo, senior development officer at or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.

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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 September 30, 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 or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.

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Samantha & Drew Cohen in memory of Richard Salfas gifts of $100,000 and above Gavin Corcoran in memory of The Fred Ebb Foundation Charles Wallace Collier Secret Villas of Key West Scott Dainton in memory of Andy Zerman Deborah Dakin gifts of $50,000 to $99,999 Frank Duff & John Okuloski Dwight H. Curry, “Dream Alliance” Doug Eichman & Michael C. Yount Thomas Schumacher Tobi & Eugene Faut & Matthew White The Fosdick Fund The Shubert Organization Ronald & Susan Frankel Brian S. Snyder Vincent Gaeta Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch George & Irina Schaeffer Foundation Meryle Gitto gifts of $25,000 to $49,999 Jill & Marty Handelsman Laura M. Boedeker Harriett D. Kittner Foundation William W. Donnell James C. Hormel & Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele Michael P. Nguyen Myrna & Freddie Gershon Fund Deirdre & Mark LeMire in memory of Tom Eyen, Paul Jabara, Paul & Florence Rowe Libin Arthur Laurents, Allan Carr, Richard Lin & Evan Zazula Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Salfas Larry Luing & Dario Espinosa H. van Ameringen Foundation David B. Lyons William J. Levy Mary Lea Johnson Richards 1997 The Palette Fund Charitable Trust in memory of Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Mary Lea Johnson Richards & The Richmond/Ermet Aid Martin Richards Foundation, San Francisco William Megevick in memory of Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy Larz Anderson Marc & Mary Lou Seidner Abigail Merrill Happy Shipley in honor of Tom Viola Stacey Mindich Hollis Stern Miranda Family Fund The Ted Snowdon Foundation Miriam Schaeffer Anonymous Family Foundation Jane Morison Stanley Newman & gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 Dr. Brian Rosenthal Sam Altman in memory of Newman's Own Foundation Murray Schapiro & Shirley Herz Randall Pinder & Paul Pearson and Jerry Tischman Reel Time Video Production: John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Jonathan Frank & Alex Pearlman Butkiewicz Family Foundation Ann Reinking in honor of Judy Wheeler Schmackary’s



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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)

Orchestra Seat gifts of $5,000 to $9,999

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. Robert Billig & Richard Vida Roy Brayton & Mickey Sullivan The Bryan Adams Foundation Cabaret For Life Inc. The Carl Jacobs Foundation Cristina Carlson Cathy Chernoff David J. Cohen The Column Awards 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 as members The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Toni Downey Robert Evers James & Anna Fantaci

Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow Kenneth R. Fulton Joanna Gleason & Chris Saradon Dan Goggin Valerie Gordon-Johnson & Doug Johnson James F. Haag Robert Hickman The Joe & Hellen Darion Foundation, Inc. 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 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 & Stuart Mont, Dan Cordle and in honor of Joan Cordle Javier Morgado in memory of Eddie Sweetnam James L.Nederlander Phyllis Newman in honor of Adolph Green NJ Center for Pain & Rehabilitation LLC, Jose Rojas Jr. Joseph Obermayer Rob O'Neill & Shawn Anderson Tony Origlio Stephen Paine The PATH Fund/ Rockers on Broadway George Perez

Bonnie & Alan Petsche Playbill Inc. Michael C. Ray Michael Raymond & Andrew Moyer Merle Reskin Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Rose Brand Meryl Rosofsky & Stuart H. Coleman* The Ross Foundation Paul Rumsey Lauren Class Schneider, Broadway Fantasy Camp John E. Schumacher Carolyn & Marc Seriff Joseph Short James L. Simon Rob Stoll Steve Sweet Andrew Thaman Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE Jeffrey Trachtman Robert Tyrer Woodford Van Meter David Wackman & Jason Rardin Weinberg Family Foundation Peg & Gary Wendlandt Nina & Gary Wexler Wyncote Foundation Anonymous (2)

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 Charles Deull Maria Di Dia in loving memory of Doug Salmon Anthony, Kristina & David Ellenbogen The Emerald Green Group Joe Evall & Richard Lynn Bill Evans & Chuck Fischer in memory of Mike Nichols Peter Farrell* Feinstein's/54 Below Doug Fiebelkorn & Andrew Hall Ken Finkelstein Kevin Foley-Littell & Stephen Littell Keith Fox & 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 Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner Dr. Jeffrey & Mr. Gerald Grove gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 Alma Guimarin Actors' Equity Foundation Michael P. Harrell Sara M. Allan Matthew Helmerich in honor of Richard Ambrose Douglas Ward Gerald M. Appelstein* The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation Sarah Ashman & Ron Gillespie Susan & Neal Hirsch in memory of Howard Ashman Geoffrey Hoefer & Thomas Wei** Bob Avian & Peter Pileski William S. Hoover, M.D. Jennifer Balbier Kathy Inch Paris Baldacci & Andrew S. Dolkart Jerome S. Glazer Foundation Anne Banfield John L. McHugh Foundation Jordan Barbakoff & Philip Jeffery Karen Johnston in loving memory of Rob Sinacore Ilana Kameros Clay & Karen Barnes in honor of Kelly Karavites in memory of my Gracie & Christina Barnes loving spouse Francis P. King John Barnes & Charles Champagne Amy Kaufmann & Ruth Ro Douglas Bella & David Hunt Howard Kellman Nancy Duggan Benson Joshua Kellman Elaine D. Berger Karen Kellman Amy Bermudez Sarah Kellman George L. Bielitz & John Derco Angel Koven Terry & William Biggins Lillian Kraemer Blaine William Lauch Walter Bobbie & David Frye Dr. Johnnie Lee & Mr. Darryl Branch Tina & Jeffrey Bolton Stephanie Lee/Group Sales Box Office Lynn A. Booth Kevin R. Lyle & Renee Chatelain Ann Marie & Robert Borsdorf John J. Mackerey John Bowab Tom Marshall & Kathy Keneally Corey Brunish & Jessica Rose Brunish James Martin Buchwald Elliott & Cathy Masie Frank Carucci & David Diamond Nina Matis & Alan Gosule* celebrating our marriage after Richard McCune & Brian Carroll 35 years of unwedded bliss City National Bank** Deborah & Steven Cavalier Peter McKown & Kenneth Heng CESD Talent Agency Svend Mejdal Alissa Cipriano Jonathan Mintzer Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr. Sheandra R. Clark Paul & Kelly Cole

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Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker in honor of Tom Viola, Paul Libin and Phil Birsh Judith A. Nelson* in memory of Wayne McCarthy Douglas J. Nieters Mr. & Mrs. Frank P. Nocco Nora Roberts Foundation Janice Oresman David Oviedo in memory of Warren Anthony Perkins Michael Paleos Stavros Pavlakis & Alison Fraser 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 Amy Rosenthal Phil & Dawn Rudolph Wendy B. Samuel Megan M. Savage Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield & John Heppenstall Susan & Clark Schubach Adam Schwab Elliott R. Sernel Jayne Baron Sherman Michael Slade Timothy Stevens & David Czekaj* Katherine Sulenski Robin Thigpin Matthew D. Tumminello & Dominick J. Marangi Michael Valenti, Corey Zucker and Pip Joyce Van Patten Tom Viola Carol Waaser Michel Wallerstein Fred Weil* Frederick M. White & Greg Kammerer 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)

David Glenn Armstrong in joyful memory of Peter Frame Jonathan Aronowitz & Bradley Scalise The Arthur Loeb Foundation Jay Axelrod Gary Bagley in memory of Peter Neufeld & 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 David Sprott Boger Miranda Book & Linda Dingler Dave Boone Joan C. Bowman* Loraine Alterman Boyle Don Branford Nyle Brenner Russell Brent & Nicholas Hodges Priscilla Brewster Susan Brewster Broadway Licensing 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 Gary Bynum 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 gifts of $1,000 to $2,499 The Charles & Lucille King Randy Adams* Family Foundation, Inc. in memory Deborah & Charles Adelman* of Bob & Muriel Kennedy Catherine Adler David & Paula Leggett Chase Ken Adler in memory of Ellen Adler Chasin/Gilden Family Fund, and in honor of Jon Adler at the Boston Foundation James D. Akins Jr. Sam Cheow* in memory of Gerry & Hank Alpert* Gordon Avard Lee R. Anisman M.D. Sylvia Choi The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation Michael Coady

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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* The Cunin Family 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 Christine De Lisle & Ken Klein* David DeSocio Louis J. Denkovic Tim Devin & Erik Frantzen* Gregory Diskant & Sandra Baron Salvatore E. Dirschberger John, Barb & Ginna Doyle Christopher Durang & John Augustine Earl and Margaret Chesson Charitable Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Thor Eckert The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation 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 Robert Eppenstein 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 Jack Feldman & Matthew Liss Alisa Ferrari Kenneth & Caryl Field Steven Filenbaum & Matthew Woolf, CFP Donald M. Filicetti The Firehouse Theatre Elliot Fishman & Dale Abrams Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Doug Fogel Lauren Foley Edward & Lori Forstein Sam Fortenbaugh Dale J. Fournier & Michael R. Wellington* Clay Francis Joan Fraser Fraydun Foundation, Inc. Sean Free Barbara H. Freitag Bart Freudlich & Julianne Moore

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James B. Freydberg David A. Friedman in memory of my mother Shirley Friedman Merle Frimark in loving memory of Ruth Frimark David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Susan Frost 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 The Gersh Agency in honor of Judith Light Amy Gewirtz Justin Gleiberman Jan & Steven Golann Dr. Guido Goldman* Sam Gonzalez Stefanie M. Gorman Carol & Bill 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 Edward Hampton & Lisa Kassenaar Scott Handler David G. Hanna* in memory of George & Norma Jane Hanna Jane Hanson Alexandra Harper* Carrie Anne K. 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 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 & Jeanne Jackson Roberta & Robert Jacquet Tracy Jamar in loving memory Monty Silver Keith & Patti James Janis & Alan Menken Charity Fund Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola

Jerl Machine Inc. Joe Allen Restaurant Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward Barbara Josso & Liz Miloscia Nicole A. Jussen Peter Kaczorowski Alycia Kantor Steven Kaplan & Court Whisman Chad Kaydo Jodi, Jim, Matthew & Allison Kaye Karin & Greg Kayne 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* Lily Lee 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 Arwen Lowbridge & Michael Lane Donna L. Ludwig Dr. Rick & Yaffa Lukash Steve Lukens Steven F. Lutz Leslie Lyles Mark & William Macatee J. Patrick Mahoney & C. Martin Hicks Maidstone Productions in memory of Ted Tulchin Scott Mallalieu & Nat Fuchs Barbara Manocherian Jesse Manocherian Judith Manocherian John Mansell & Tim House

The Marcy & Alan S. Honig Charitable Foundation, Inc. Thomas Marino Scott & Harriet Mauro Jo Mayer Joe McCaddon Elizabeth I. McCann Eric McGahhey Kati Meister Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad in honor of Judy Dove & Frank Conway Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov Allen T. Mercer & 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 Michele Miller Michael Mills & Mark McGrath Andrea Mitchell Debra Monk Oscar E. Moore Art H. Moore William Moore William Morey Sally Campbell Morse Elizabeth Morton in memory of Elizabeth Wilson Jason & Debbie Moss Eric Murphy Gene Murray Tony Napoli & Gary Newman Joseph A. Neese* in memory of Virginia McFarlane & Rodger McFarlane Eric Nelson Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins* Maury Newburger Nicholas C. & Allison M. Moore Fund Albert Nocciolino Dr. Sharon Novak Gene Oberle David O'Brien Mark Olander & Nancy Farwell Yogi Omar Christopher Oram John K. Orberg Lisa Orberg 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 Stavros Pavlakis & Alison Fraser Ralph L. Pellecchio & James C. Wernz 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 Mike Rognlien in honor of Jamie Reynolds Larry Rogowsky Ryan A. Ross & Steven Ross Moe & Jack Rouse Paul Russell & Beryl Raff Albert Russo* Wynn J. Salisch Samuel Sanderson Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Eddie Sarfaty & Court Stroud Linda Scenna Gloria Schallop Carolyn Schiff & Noah Millman S. Fred Schiffman Jack Schillaci Jack Schlegel* Michael Schober & Don Harrison Will Schwalbe & David Cheng Jennifer Scott John Eric Sebesta & William Tomai Richard Seer & Doug Wallingford

Debra & Michael Segal Kenneth G. Shelley David Shmerler 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 Susan Strauss Meryl Streep & Don Gummer David I Stern 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 Tracy & Lainey Todd Tim Tompkins Jennifer Trepeck in honor of Sue Gilad Truworthy Productions

Twelfth Night Club Inc. Mark Tynan Beth M. Uffner Richard J. Underwood Sally Unger Beth Van Schaack, Stanford LawSchool, in honor of Tripp Zanetis Heriberto G. Vargas Dr. Anthony F. Verdi & Mr. Mark A. Mainville A. J. Vincent & Michael Eidelman Richard & Debra Voller Marcie Vort Suzyn Waldman Bashar Wali Adam Wallace Tom & Connie Walsh Alice Wang Arthur E. Webster, Esq. Ira M. Weitzman John Weltman & Cliff Atkins in honor of David Kuehn & Tedi Marsh Lucille Werlinich Mr. & Mrs. Cortwright Wetherill Jr. Nancy A. Wheeler Gina White in honor of James Davis 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 Will-Call Club Miles Wilkin in honor of

Stuart Thompson Sarah Wolff & Joel Handelman Jeff Wolk Lauren Wyckoff Yardi Systems* Lori A. Yaspan Sarah & John Zanetis In Memory of Major Christopher Tripp Zanetis David Ziff & Alan Bell George Zuber & Anthony Snyder Charitable Fund at Our Fund Inc. Zufall Family Foundation* Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (8) *Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle **Indicates members of the Broadway Cares and DRA Angels Circle

As of September 30, 2019

NextGen Network The NextGen Network is a group of young professionals committed to providing a sustainable foundation and growing the number of supporters of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. For more information about the benefits of the NextGen Network, please contact Jack Noseworthy, individual giving coordinator, at or 212.840.0770, ext. 281.

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We need a little Christmas, right this very minute! Haul out the holly and celebrate the season of giving with two limited edition gifts benefiting Broadway Cares that will delight everyone on your list.

Celebrate Broadway Legends with our series of holiday ornaments created exclusively by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company. This year’s edition is the incomparable Angela Lansbury in Mame, an updated rerelease of the collection’s first ornament which sold out in 2008. With this shimmering golden icon on your tree, there’s no doubt “the man in the moon is a lady!” Broadway Legends: Angela Lansbury


In this year’s edition of the coveted Broadway Cares snow globe, stars and crew on a television set ring in the new year amid sparkling LED lights in a design by three-time Tony Award winner Eugene Lee, the scenic designer for Wicked and the original Sweeney Todd. Lee has also been the production designer of Saturday Night Live since the show premiered in 1975. The snow globe features marquees of more than 20 Broadway musicals on its base. The beloved tune “There’s No Business Like Show Business” plays when wound. 2019 Snow Globe




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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.

What is your favorite memory of making a difference through Broadway Cares? LISA DAWN: I was asked to be a part of the

National Grants Committee which allocates donations. It was very humbling and enlightening to see how far Broadway Cares reaches. ESTEE: At one of the New Jersey State

How did you first get involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS? LISA DAWN CAVE: In 1996, I decided

to volunteer to work on the Easter Bonnet Competition.

ESTEE DECHTMAN: During my senior year

of high school in 2017-2018, I served as an International Thespian Officer, which meant that I was a student representative for the Educational Theatre Association which partners with Broadway Cares. JEFF JOHNSON-DOHERTY : In 1995, my friend

J. Kevin Draves brought the organization to my attention. By that time, I had lost about 30 friends to the epidemic. He told me, “This would be a great outlet for you and a nice way to give back.”

What motivates you to volunteer with Broadway Cares? LISA DAWN: They not only help the

entertainment community, but also assist grassroots organizations in every state that aren’t assisted by big foundations or corporations. ESTEE: In this turbulent environment, the

support for the work that Broadway Cares does is more important than ever. The fear, the unknown, the worry about the future is something that students must step directly into and not shy away from. All of my friends who have passed away, because I know if they were here they’d be doing the same thing I am doing now. JEFF:

Thespian festivals, there was an amazing Broadway Cares fundraiser called “Minute to Give It.” The fundraiser was a minute of people giving all of their loose change, dollars, some even wrote checks. Students from all over come together, give back to their community and make a genuine difference.

Lisa Dawn Cave

Production Supervisor for Frozen

JEFF: During Broadway Bares, I love looking

out into the audience. Experiencing their energy is so thrilling. It’s an escape for people. It’s one of the reasons I add a lot of humor to my designs. If I can make them smile for one minute, it makes me happy. As a member of the theatre community, why is it important to you to give back? I believe we are all connected. When one person suffers in any way, big or small, we all become fractured. LISA DAWN:

Estee Dechtman Broadway Cares Student Volunteer

ESTEE: Broadway Cares brings artists together

and allows underrepresented voices to shine in the spotlight. Their impact is what allows the arts to be so life-changing. JEFF: It’s just what we do. It’s an innate part

of our makeup to help people in need. It just comes naturally for a lot of us. Describe Broadway Cares in three words. LISA DAWN: Caring, non-judgmental and

a bright light.

ESTEE: Bold, fabulous and

(not really one word but it’s OK) a force to be reckoned with! JEFF: Family, love and hope.

Hope’s the big one.

Jeff Johnson-Doherty

Broadway Bares costume designer and dresser at Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen

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