Behind The Scenes Spring 2018

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

While the name of our organization has always focused on Broadway, it is in some ways a misnomer. As the conduit for the philanthropic spirit of theatre artists coast to coast, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS thrives thanks to the great support for our mission happening all across our nation.



Valerie Lau-Kee Lai, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS Robert E. Wankel, PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Mary McColl, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Sherry Cohen,THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY Paul Libin, PRESIDENT EMERITUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cornelius Baker Joe Baker John Barnes Scott Barnes Joseph Benincasa David Binder Chris Boneau Barry Brown Kate Burton Robert Callely Kathleen Chalfant Gavin Creel Alan Cumming Gavin Darraugh Michael David B. Merle Debuskey Maria Di Dia Paul DiDonato Sam Ellis Richard Frankel Roy Harris Richard Hester

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

BEHIND THE SCENES Tom Viola, Lane Beauchamp, EDITORS Aaron Waytkus, Remy Kass, LAYOUT & DESIGN Contributors Mo Brady, Michael Carmine Di Bianco, Adam Rei Siegel, Francesca Toscano Photographers Whitney Browne, Chris Burch, Paige Dooley, Stacy Ferrante, Daniel T. Gramkee, Christian Grattan, Jicky, Matthew Murphy, Benjamin Norman, Daniel Roberts, Daniel Robinson, Victor Rodriguez, Monica Simoes, Allison Stock, Matthew Stocke, Jonathan Tichler, Nina Wurtzell, Evan Zimmerman


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Last fall, 21 national tours across the country appealed to audiences in support of Broadway Cares. From the cast of Aladdin raising money in San Francisco to Wicked in Cleveland, audiences in scores of cities came together with these companies to raise funds and make a difference. They joined with 35 shows here in New York - on Broadway and off - in our fall fundraising efforts. What is particularly wonderful about this cross-country philanthropy is that it goes right back into the communities and cities providing that support. This January, 121 food pantries, congregate meal programs and meal delivery programs across the country received more than $2 million from Broadway Cares. These grants will reach hundreds of thousands of men, women and children facing the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses while struggling with diminished community resources, personal crises and economic insecurity. In this issue of Behind the Scenes, you’ll read about how audiences here in New York and nationwide have been a part of that generosity of spirit. At another lively Gypsy of the Year competition, we celebrated six weeks of fundraising and a record-breaking $5,609,211. And at last month’s Broadway Backwards, fundraising records and gender norms alike were smashed by stars of stage, screen and pop music. We also celebrate the longstanding partnership between Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Actors Fund, first cemented with the HIV/AIDS Initiative, which is now marking its 30th year of delivering help and hope. From a small program fueled by desperate days to a venerated initiative providing hundreds of thousands of dollars of support, Broadway Cares is proud to have awarded $2 million last year to the HIV/AIDS Initiative. That funding was part of $5.5 million awarded to The Actors Fund, providing that much-needed safety net of social services for everyone in the entertainment industry and the performing arts. You’ll also read about the celebrated contributions of Paul Libin, who retired earlier this year as president of our Board of Trustees, the impact of online fundraising and how students continue to be a bright light leading us into the future. No matter where in the country you live or how you show your support, thank you for being a part of our family. Together we prove, every day, that what we do together makes a difference. Sincerely, Tom Viola Executive Director

Let Your Voices Be Heard in Primaries and Vote on November 6 A recent editorial in The New York Times noted: “There are a lot of stories desperately needing to be told right now, but they won’t be as long as millions of Americans continue to sit out elections. Lament the state of the nation as much as you want. Then get out and vote.” In primaries across the country this summer and fall, and then collectively as a nation on Tuesday, November 6, we have the obligation to speak up and speak out. Now is the time for all of us to recommit ourselves to fight for those whose voices have been silenced or marginalized. Our community those onstage, offstage and in the audience - cannot allow fear or hate to impede the progress we have made. Lives depend on that. Register to vote now. Talk to your friends and neighbors. It must be our No. 1 priority. Then, shine a light toward a better future by voting on November 6. The rest is all noise. And sadly, tweets.


2017 GRANT-MAKING “Where does all that money go?” Support for The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative


Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative

$ 850,000

The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

$ 900,000

Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC)

$ 400,000

Addiction and Recovery Services

$ 400,000

The Dancers’ Resource

$ 350,000

The Career Center

$ 300,000

The Stage Managers’ Project

$ 150,000

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


Hurricane Relief One-time gift to support outreach to clients in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas

$ 150,000

The Actors Fund Total



National Grants Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs 117 organizations in 38 states


Nationally Recognized AIDS Service and Advocacy Organizations 42 agencies

$ 880,000

Local AIDS Service Organizations $2,133,500 302 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 Supplemental/Emergency Grants

$ 462,404

Theatre Community Service Organizations, Research Grants, Special One-Time and Shared Support

$ 858,618

Hurricane Relief $ 425,000 In response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico Physician Volunteers for the Arts Broadway flu shot initiative

National Grants Total



$ 6,749,522

International Grants South Africa in honor of The Lion King

$ 388,800

The AFC (formerly Actors’ Fund of Canada)

$ 135,000

TheatreMAD and others

$ 69,000

International Grants Total


$ 592,800



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

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


CONTENTS   3 Where Does All That Money Go?  5 Gypsy of the Year  8 The Actors Fund  11 Broadway Backwards  13 Food Grants  16 Sharing Resources  19 Dancers Responding to AIDS  20 Education Outreach  22 Angels Circle  26 Broadway Cares Online Store  27 Five Questions

•  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.


1987–1992 Equity Fights AIDS 1988–May 1992 Broadway Cares Contributions 5/92–12/92 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Grant-Making Total 1988–2017

$ 2,775,250 $ 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

National & Int’l Grants


$ 2,775,250 $ 1,067,000 $ 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 $   6,218,706 $   6,077,237 $   6,848,120 $   6,976,957 $   7,342,322

$ 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 $ 5,421,676 $ 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 $ 10,518,706 $ 10,680,237 $ 12,023,620 $ 12,579,507 $ 12,879,322

$ 89,365,636 $ 103,600,263 $192,965,899

Gypsy of the Year


Theatre Community’s Spirit Shines at Annual Celebration


he indomitable and generous spirit of the theatre community - those onstage, backstage and in the audience - shined brightly as the 29th annual Gypsy of the Year competition celebrated six weeks of fundraising work of 56 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. Gypsy of the Year, which was held December 4 and 5, raised a record-breaking $5,609,211 for Broadway Cares. The grand total was announced by Meteor Shower’s Laura Benanti, KeeganMichael Key, Amy Schumer and Jeremy Shamos. The dynamic foursome also presented awards to the top fundraisers and best performances across the two afternoons. The company of Come From Away took top honors for best onstage presentation. The islanders took the audience on a self-deprecating journey through the show’s efforts to create choreography for actors not known for their dancing abilities. The runner-up was the company of Aladdin, led by Major Attaway, Juwan Crawley, Angelo Soriano and Deonte Warren. The cast shared the soul-stirring “Faithful,” written by Soriano for the 2017 edition of the holiday CD “Carols for a Cure.”

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This year’s opening number honored the centennial anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York state. Led by School of Rock - The Musical’s Amadi Chapata, Orange is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria, Tony Award winner Cady Huffman, Disaster!’s Lacretta and Hulu’s Difficult People’s Shakina Nayfack, an all-female cast explored the plight and power of women through the last 100 years. The number was directed by Huffman and choreographed by Lorna Ventura. The cast of Cats gave the adored musical a supernatural twist in “Cats Now and Forever.” Seamlessly melding the music and choreography from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with iconic melodies from the musical, the cats left a lasting “Memory” before the show closed later that month. Hamilton’s Donald Webber Jr. led a stirring mashup of Tupac Shakur’s “Thugz Mansion” and Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come.” Webber, with six ensemble dancers and guitarist Nate Brown, explored the realities of police brutality and poverty. The cast of Off-Broadway’s Afterglow shared “Take Off Your Sunday Clothes,” a cheeky parody of Hello, Dolly!’s beloved “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.” Comically embracing Afterglow’s sensual appeal, the four actors parodied their show by poking fun at their risqué reputation. The talented young stars of School of Rock - The Musical delivered an amped up version of A Great Big World’s “Rockstar.” The show’s cast of kids played live on drums, guitar, keyboard and bass, just as they do eight times a week at the Winter Garden Theatre. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Kyle Taylor Parker, backed up by the Gypsy of the Year singers, performed a stripped down and soulful rendition of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror. Broadway-to-Off-Broadway transfers Jersey Boys and Avenue Q shared a riotous rendition of an Aladdin classic, “A Whole New World,” when Avenue Q welcomed their then-new neighbors to New World Stages.


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Chicago’s Brian O’Brien, Bianca Marroquín and Leigh Zimmerman riffed with Gypsy of the Year host Seth Rudetsky about Chicago’s 21st anniversary and composer John Kander’s recent 90th birthday. The trio celebrated Kander and his writing partner, the late Fred Ebb, whose foundation has donated more than $15 million from the royalties from his catalog to Broadway Cares since his death. Long-running favorites The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera payed homage to their respective 20 and 30 years on Broadway with David Michael Garry and L. Steven Taylor performing “Hello, Fifty!,” set to the tune of “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” from A Chorus Line. Two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise shared a special performance chronicling some of her most memorable experiences as a Broadway dancer and star, and a piece entitled “Chorus Semper: Dance Forever,” choreographed by Kristine Bendul, honored those who paved the way for today’s Broadway gypsies. In addition to the record-breaking overall fundraising total, the $536,777 raised by the Hamilton - Angelica tour is the highest amount ever raised by a national tour. To celebrate that accomplishment and the hard work of 20 other national touring productions that supported Broadway Cares this fall, Chaz Wolcott directed and choreographed an uplifting number set to Sammy Davis Jr.’s version of “Gonna Build a Mountain.” Representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Chase Brock Experience performed an excerpt of “Splendor we only partially imagined,” an energetic piece exploring the joy in movement and human relationships. Hamilton’s Javier Muñoz led the audience in a moving moment of silence to remember lives lost to and affected by HIV/AIDS. Other special presenters included Aladdin’s Attaway; A Bronx

Tale The Musical’s Richard H. Blake, Will Coombs, Bradley Gibson, Adam Kaplan, Jonah Mussolino and Chazz Palminteri; and Come From Away’s Chad Kimball, Caesar Samayoa and Sharon Wheatley. Gypsy of the Year was directed by Jason Trubitt with Matthew K. Lutz serving as production stage manager, leading a team of 11 accomplished stage managers. Ben Cohn was music supervisor. Lighting design was by Craig Stelzenmuller with sound by Marie Renee Foucher and Kurt Fischer. Gypsy of the Year was sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines. n

FUNDRAISING AWARDS BROADWAY MUSICALS Top Fundraiser Dear Evan Hansen.................$555,196 1st Runner-Up

Hello, Dolly!...........................$505,869

2nd Runner-Up Hamilton................................. $291,091 3rd Runner-Up

Come From Away.................. $241,382

BROADWAY PLAYS Top Fundraiser The Play That Goes Wrong.......$67,099

OFF-BROADWAY Top Fundraiser Avenue Q................................. $40,879

NATIONAL TOURS Top Fundraiser Hamilton – Angelica.............. $536,777 1st Runner-Up

Aladdin................................. $300,166

2nd Runner-Up Something Rotten!.............. $230,374 3rd Runner-Up

Wicked – Munchkinland ...... $229,628

56 COMPANIES RAISED $5,609,211


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The Actors Fund 30 Years of the HIV/AIDS Initative: From “Dying of…” to “Living with…”


hile the heart of the HIV/AIDS Initiative has stayed consistent since its creation three decades ago, the services that the program provides today are notably different than they were when the epidemic was first exacting its toll around the world. When The AIDS Initiative, as it was first known, was established in 1998, it had the distinction of being The Actors Fund’s first dedicated social service program. Kent Curtis, now the supervisor of the initiative, said that prior to that, the social workers at The Actors Fund would see clients for a variety of reasons. “This was the first time case managers were hired for a specific kind of service,” Curtis said. “The AIDS epidemic necessitated a dedicated program.” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided the initial funding for The AIDS Initiative to address often-overwhelming needs and continues to provide the majority of the initiative's annual budget. Last year, Broadway Cares awarded $2 million to the HIV/AIDS Initiative. When it was first created, the initiative primarily served men in their 20s and 30s with issues surrounding their diagnosis. In those first years, the caseload tripled every six months. Elizabeth Avedon, who has been with the initiative for 25 years remembered: “The main thing was to be as supportive as possible and making their dying as comfortable as possible. Every moment was triage; so many decisions informed by trauma.” Today, the HIV/AIDS Initiative still works with men and women just learning they’re HIV-positive as well as those now in their 60s and older who have been living with their diagnosis for years and never thought they’d live long enough to even be able to consider retirement. Support goes to continuing assistance for long-term survivors, Medicaid and Medicare supplementals as well as career transition advice. The financial support from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS also helps support counseling services for these survivors, as well as groups for care partners, partners who are HIV-negative and for people newly diagnosed. “The goal now,” Curtis said, “is to help those with HIV/AIDS live a long and stable life.” n

Since 1988 Broadway Cares has provided $50,750,000 to the HIV/AIDS Initiative. 8

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“It was a huge ‘coming out’ for the Broadway community. Something people just didn’t discuss was suddenly at the forefront of the movement. Everyone disregarded any sense of prejudice and did whatever they could to raise money. I learned that there was a difference between ‘cure’ and ‘healing.’ We were able to create a safe, healing environment for people who were dealing with overwhelming challenges, even, as in many cases, they faced their own eminent deaths.” Eric Stamm, the HIV/AIDS Initiative’s first coordinator

The goal was to help with quality of life for a short life. Assistance from the HIV/AIDS Initiative initially went toward immediate, short-term needs like medical co-pays and prescriptions. The initiative saw its caseload triple every six months in its first years.

In the U.S. in 1988, 82,362 cases of AIDS had been reported as the National Institutes of Health establishes the Office of AIDS Research and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, the government's first effort at coordinating, conducting or supporting AIDS research.

The HIV/AIDS Initiative was The Actors Fund’s first dedicated social service program.

Kent Curtis, supervisor of the HIV/AIDS Initiative

Today, assistance from the HIV/AIDS Initiative not only focuses on short-term needs but now includes a focus on growing older with HIV, second careers and mental health support.

At least half of those living with HIV/AIDS experience homelessness or housing instability.

“The AIDS epidemic has been an adversary like no other. That said, the good news is that we approach this challenge with more tangible and emotional resources, more knowledge and more hope than was once ever thought possible.” Kent Curtis, supervisor of the HIV/AIDS Initiative “I got involved in their support groups to learn as much as I could about living with HIV and the medications that were available at the time. The Actors Fund helped me embrace my HIV and I no longer felt that I had to run away from it.” Pi, client of the HIV/AIDS Initiative

Pi, client of the HIV/AIDS Initiative

More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, but 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. Nearly 40 percent of those living with HIV are not receiving antiretroviral treatment.

Infection rates are increasing at a troublesome rate of 35 percent among 25- to 34-year-old gay and bisexual males.

2018 The goal is to help with a stable life for a long life.

The 30-year partnership between Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Actors Fund has grown beyond the HIV/AIDS Initiative to introduce a wide range of social service programs for everyone in the entertainment industry.



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

The Friedman Health Center offers primary and specialty care, expedited referrals to physicians within the Mount Sinai Health System and extended hours, designed with the industry’s busy and often atypical schedules in mind.

2017 grant: $850,000 | Since 1996: $10,250,000

2017 grant: $900,000 | Since 2004: $9,911,000



Addiction and Recovery Services help entertainment professionals and their families cope with situations of drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. The program provides intensive case management to address addiction and its causes.

The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, known as AHIRC, works with unions and local performing arts organizations to connect entertainment industry workers to health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

2017 grant: $400,000 | Since 2015: $1,250,000

2017 grant: $400,000 | Since 2014: $1,700,000

THE DANCERS' RESOURCE The Dancers’ Resource addresses 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. 2017 grant: $350,000 | Since 2007: $2,385,000

THE CAREER CENTER The Career Center assists those in the entertainment community identify and find meaningful sideline employment or a new career. “When the AIDS crisis hit in the mid-1980s, The Actors Fund quickly responded by creating the HIV/AIDS Initiative. To this day, they continue to work with those who are newly diagnosed, those living and working with the virus and those who are ill. And our ongoing ability to take action has been a direct result of the creation and support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” BD Wong, actor


2017 grant: $300,000 | Since 1998: $4,585,000

THE STAGE MANAGERS' PROJECT The Stage Managers’ Project is a reliable directory of doctors, specialists and other health care providers in 28 cities for Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions. 2017 grant: $150,000 | Since 2005: $746,000


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Broadway Backwards

Annual Evening of Inclusivity Smashes Fundraising Records


undraising records and gender norms alike were smashed by stars of stage, screen and pop music on April 2, at the inclusive, dynamic and loving Broadway Backwards.

written by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Newell’s captivating voice and passionate performance brought the audience to its feet.

The 13th annual edition of the show, which celebrates the LGBTQ community through gender-reversed renditions of beloved showtunes, raised an incredible $680,273 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The show was produced by Broadway Cares.

Ethan Slater, the critically acclaimed actor in the titular role in SpongeBob SquarePants, turned a trendy Brooklyn party upsidedown in an energetic performance of “The Lady is a Tramp” from Babes in Arms. Slater was lifted and flipped in a flurry of glitter and confetti.

Broadway Backwards featured a cast of 62 performing 19 numbers that spanned from heart-wrenching to hilarious. They were backed by a live, 12-piece onstage orchestra at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, home to the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. The evening began with an activist tone when a trio of anti-gay protesters faced off with revelers from a pride march. Fortunately, Shawna Hamic and Hello, Dolly!’s Christian Dante White, backed by an ensemble of diverse singers and dancers, shut them down, ultimately inviting the converted protesters and the audience to join in “A Wild, Wild Party” from The Wild Party. The highspirited opening number was choreographed by Chaz Wolcott. Alex Newell, star of Once on This Island and TV’s Glee, closed the show with his inimitable vocal range on full display in “This Is Me,” the Oscar-nominated song from The Greatest Showman

One of Slater’s SpongeBob costars, Gaelen Gilliland, joined Escape to Margaritaville’s Eric Petersen to create an archetypal 1950s couple preparing for a dinner party in “One Boy” from Bye Bye Birdie. When their attractive neighbors, played by Heather Lea Bair and Marty Lawson, arrive, the duo hilariously gave into same-sex temptation. Come From Away’s Q. Smith and Astrid Van Wieren shared the joys of parenthood and the optimistic potential of children in a heartwarming take on “Dear Theodosia” from Hamilton. When Jay Armstrong Johnson unexpectedly found himself in the apartment of Tony winner John Glover, Johnson excitedly launched into “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity. Johnson impressively performed the original, iconic Bob Fosse choreography, recreated for Johnson by Mimi Quillin.

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Tony winner and television icon Andrea Martin flexed her incomparable comedy muscles in a riotous rendition of “My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada” from Avenue Q. Aladdin’s Telly Leung and Dear Evan Hansen’s Taylor Trensch transformed “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” from Side Show from a song between sisters to a lovers’ duet. Emmy Award nominee and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess left the audience spellbound with his touching rendition of “Happiness is a Thing Called Joe” from Cabin in the Sky. Anneliese van der Pol of Beauty and the Beast and TV’s That’s So Raven delivered a rapturous version of “She Touched Me” from Drat! The Cat!. Hamilton’s Bryan Terrell Clark and Sunday in the Park with George’s Michael McElroy filled the Al Hirschfeld Theatre with romance and warmth as they tenderly performed The Color Purple’s “What About Love?” Noah Galvin, who recently played the title role in Dear Evan Hansen, and Nico Tortorella from TV’s Younger hilariously sang through a late-night couple’s quarrel in “Therapy” from Tick, Tick...Boom!. When Annie’s Andrea McArdle threatened to move away, Come From Away’s Sharon Wheatley coyly confessed her undying devotion in “If I Were You” from All American, which McArdle readily reciprocated. New Kids on the Block’s and Wicked's Joey McIntyre belted Funny Girl’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, turning it into an LGBTQ anthem as he ultimately stripped off his jacket to reveal a T-shirt reading “Equality.” Broadway favorite Betsy Wolfe belted out a breathtaking performance of the Dear Evan Hansen hit “Waving Through a Window.” Broadway legend and Tony winner Len Cariou delivered a moving rendition of “And I Was Beautiful” from Dear World. Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck gave an LGBTQ twist to a sweet favorite when he gushed about a guy who brought him a tasty treat in “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me. Will Swenson took the audience back to their high school days of crushes and curfews with “Joey is a Punk Rocker” from Joe Iconis’ The Black Suits, as he fawned over his school’s resident bad boy.


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The evening was hosted by Broadway star and longtime friend of Broadway Cares Julie Halston, who brought her signature brand of comedy and creativity to the stage. Halston set aside her hosting hat momentarily to contemplate her plan for finding a wife in “Reviewing the Situation” from Oliver!. Special guest Academy Award winner Hayley Mills, who appeared this spring in Off-Broadway’s Party Face, thanked the audience and performers for their invaluable support of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. Broadway Backwards creator Robert Bartley wrote and directed this year’s show. Adam Roberts was associate director. The show featured choreography by Bartley, Roberts, Quillin and Wolcott. Mary-Mitchell Campbell served as music supervisor, Laura Bergquist was music director and Christopher D. Littlefield was associate music director. The creative team included lighting designer Jake DeGroot, costume designers Jess Gersz and Vanessa Leuck and sound designer Matt Berman. Jeff Brancato was production stage manager. What began as a small, grassroots concert performed in the community room at The Center in 2006 has grown into a highly anticipated event presented in one of Broadway’s most beautiful theatres. In its 13 editions, Broadway Backwards has raised more than $4.1 million for Broadway Cares and The Center. Major sponsors of Broadway Backwards included Celebrity Cruises, Facebook, The New York Times and United Airlines. n

National Grants

Broadway Gets Together to Give Back with Nutritious Meals


wenty Broadway stage managers and actors, who led their shows' efforts in the just-completed fall fundraising campaign, sat around the long conference room table, surrounded by paper that had been fiercely annotated with thorough and thoughtful notes. It looked a bit like a writers’ room after a productive night or a snapshot from an extended table read. For the folks in the room, like production stage manager Beverly Jenkins, it was even more important. From this table, they were throwing a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of people across the country who were reaching out for just a little help. “It’s absolutely inspiring,” said Jenkins, who’s currently leading the stage management team at A Bronx Tale The Musical on Broadway. “My favorite part of reading all this is realizing how dedicated so many organizations and individual people are to helping and supporting those in their communities.” Jenkins and her colleagues were part of a little-seen Broadway tradition. Three times a year, thanks to the incredible generosity of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ donors and supporters, a group like this committed crew meet to celebrate recent fundraising successes by awarding much-needed grants to social service agencies nationwide through Broadway Cares’ National Grants Program. The first round each calendar year focuses on food pantries, congregate meal services and meal delivery programs. This year, a record $2,015,000 was awarded to 121 organizations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., when the grants committee met February 8. For the food grants round, the applications are divided into two groups among committee members. The participants are tasked with reading each application in their given grouping and then discussing the grants to be awarded to each organization when the full committee meets.

For Jenkins, Fraternity House in Escondido, CA, stood out among the applications. The organization, which provides transitional, long-term or hospice care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, struck a chord because of the connection she drew within her own family. “My brother, Gerald, had substance abuse issues and received support while residing in a Queens, NY, drug and alcohol rehabilitation home,” Jenkins said. This year, a record “He passed away from complications from $2,015,000 liver cancer, hepatitis C and cirrhosis of was awarded in the liver.” food grants to 121 organizations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Behind the Scenes


This year, Fraternity House received a $10,000 grant from Broadway Cares, allowing them to continue offering healthy meals and lifesaving housing services to people in need, just like Gerald. “Reading about how these men support each other in their journey reminded me of the great programs and assistance my brother got from being in a similar atmosphere,” Jenkins said. Across the table, L. Steven Taylor, who plays Mufasa in Broadway’s The Lion King, was thrilled to discover that an organization he supported in his childhood is one of Broadway Cares’ grantees. “I grew up Catholic in Indianapolis, and I remember participating in a church initiative where we collected canned goods for the needy during the winter months,” Taylor said. “The Damien Center was one of the organizations we used to donate to.” The Damien Center, a leader in HIV care and prevention based in Indianapolis, has a food pantry focused on serving the unique nutritional needs of HIV-positive patients. The center received a $15,000 grant from the committee in 2018. “My parish of Saint Bridget, along with several other churches that participated in community outreach, no longer exist,” Taylor said. “When I saw the Damien Center application come up during our committee meeting, it was so heartwarming to know that I can still play a part in helping an organization that helps so many in my hometown and the surrounding areas.” Sharon Wheatley, from Broadway’s Come From Away, was particularly moved by the efforts of an organization called SMART because of its nearly exclusive focus on women and children with HIV/AIDS. “I'm a mom,” Wheatley said. “Supporting a sick mom, or a mom with sick kids? They earn a special place in my book.” SMART, which is based in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, provides the latest treatment, prevention, nutrition and health education information for women and


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children in underserved communities that have the highest rates of HIV infection. Wheatley recognizes through her own experiences that mothers and children often need additional support in difficult times. “Even though I am an actor, I am a woman and a mom first,” Wheatley said. “I have experienced the prejudice that women and mothers experience. There is a deep misunderstanding of what women need and how they can best serve their kids.” Through the SMART Food for Life program, the organization offers nutrition education and cooking classes to clients as part of its “food as treatment” philosophy. The grants committee awarded the organization $15,000 in support of these efforts. “Women and children are not always the loudest, so I think they are often among the most ignored,” Wheatley said. “I am proud to be a voice for the people who need it most.” Two additional grant rounds will occur this spring. One provides support to nationally recognized service and public policy programs, the other to emergency assistance programs, direct services, substance abuse and harm reduction services, and quality of life programs. Since 1988, more than $103.6 million has been awarded by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS through the National Grants Program. For Taylor, working with Broadway Cares and being a member of the food grants committee is part of his duty as an actor. “Actors and show people have historically been at the forefront of outreach and activism, and we can harness our skills as performers to raise awareness and funds for those who need it most,” Taylor said. “This is one small way that we can step into that role as leaders and make a huge impact in the lives of the less fortunate.” n


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Sharing Resources Come From Away Shares Generosity with Gander SPCA The hit Broadway musical Come From Away is a celebration of how kindness and human decency can transcend all barriers, even in the most troubling times. In addition to providing food, shelter and comfort for the 6,700 passengers who unexpectedly found themselves in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, the generosity of the real-life Canadians who inspired the musical extended to the furry friends that were stranded there as well. In honor of the compassion of the people from Gander and the enthusiastic efforts of the Broadway cast of Come From Away, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS shared $15,000 from the show’s fall fundraising success with the Gander and Area SPCA to help the four-legged inhabitants of the island. n

Fans Flock to Flea Market Pop-Up at BroadwayCon


he biggest day for Broadway fans is firmly rooted in September, but a mini, mid-winter version of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction at this year’s BroadwayCon provided a sneak peek of theatrical treasures to be had. Alongside show tune singalongs, theatrical panels and interactive workshops at NYC’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on January 26-28, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was represented in BroadwayCon’s marketplace. The pop-up Broadway Flea Market featured items from the Broadway Cares


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online store, including tote bags, shower curtains and hats adorned with the logos of Broadway’s biggest hits. The shop also offered posters of beloved and hard-to-find art from favorite Broadway shows, apparel and other memorabilia generously donated by Creative Goods, one of Broadway’s leading merchandise suppliers. BroadwayCon again chose Broadway Cares as the event’s official charitable partner, donating a portion of the convention’s proceeds to Broadway Cares. n

Fundraising Initiatives

Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers Make Giving Back Personal


hen people think of donating to Broadway Cares, the first image often is the iconic red bucket held in the lobbies at Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows. But now, thanks to online fundraising, supporting Broadway Cares can be customized to individual passions, interests and special occasions. Actor Susan Slotoroff had a desire to combine her love of running and fitness with fundraising for Broadway Cares. She and friend Sarah Cardillo, who is now Broadway Cares’ senior development officer, made that dream a reality in 2015 when they gathered a team of theatre performers and Broadway Cares supporters to participate in the first annual Broadway Run. The New York Road Runners Dash to the Finish Line 5K, which occurs the day before the New York City marathon, gives runners and walkers a chance to participate in a 3.1-mile course through the streets of Manhattan, ending at the famed marathon finish line in Central Park. Participating Broadway stars and theatre enthusiasts alike encouraged friends to make online donations to their fundraising campaign in support of Broadway Cares. In the third annual initiative, which culminated with the November 4 Dash to the Finish Line, 63 runners raised a record $45,782.

Since 2016, Facebook has allowed donations through usergenerated and Broadway Cares-initiated fundraisers. Late last year, Facebook increased its philanthropic effort by eliminating all credit card processing fees to ensure every dollar goes directly to the nonprofit. Additionally, the platform is encouraging users to create birthday fundraisers for their favorite nonprofit, which has increased the number of fundraising campaigns. Since the program’s start, more than 300 Facebook fundraisers have been created for Broadway Cares, raising more than $110,000. Broadway Cares may always be synonymous with red buckets and memorable events, but thanks to ambitious fundraisers, dedicated supporters and ever-changing technology, it's easier than ever to support the organization with just a click. n

A few weeks later, teams of benevolent bowlers came together in support of Classical Action, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, at the 19th annual Up Our Alley. More than 150 performing arts, financial, media and pharmaceutical professionals spent six weeks raising online contributions from colleagues, friends and family. They gathered November 13 to celebrate raising $113,137. And no matter where supporters are located or where their passions and hobbies lie, Facebook fundraisers are giving Broadway Cares enthusiasts a new avenue for giving back.

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Board of Trustees

Paul Libin Retires as President After 24 Years of Service


hen longtime theatre executive Paul Libin became president of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 1994, HIV/AIDS was ravaging the New York theatre community. And as the treatment for and face of the disease changed, he saw the organization change with it. “The impact of this horrific disease was visibly present and taking a terrible human toll every day in our community,” Libin said. “We couldn’t not do something. And while there’s been great advancement in treatment since, the need for help is as strong today as it was then. In response, Broadway Cares’ mission has expanded and embraced all members of our theatrical family and people in crisis and need across the country.” At the February 22 Board of Trustees meeting, Libin, who recently retired as executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, stepped down after 24 years of service and leadership. “To witness that growth and be involved with this organization has been one of the greatest privileges and honors of my career,” Libin said. Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said: “Paul has been an incomparable champion, advocate and friend. Broadway Cares grew from awarding grants of $2.4 million in 1994 to last year’s record-breaking $12.9 million. The lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children have been lifted up because when we asked for his help, Paul said, ‘Yes.'” In recognition of Libin’s dedication to Broadway and its potential, the Board of Trustees awarded a $100,000 gift to The Actors Fund. The grant will establish the New York City extension of Looking Ahead, a program that helps young performers and their families adapt and thrive while in the entertainment industry and


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beyond. The Looking Ahead program’s New York home will be named the Paul Libin Center. Libin has had an astounding 61-year career in Broadway and OffBroadway theatre, working in nearly every capacity from actor and stage manager to technical director before making his mark as a company manager, general manager and producer. He produced his first play in New York in 1958 and has since had a hand in more than 250 productions. For 30 years, he was the producing director of Circle in the Square Theatre. Libin, who’s also served as chairman of the board of The Broadway League, is the recipient of 10 Tony Awards, including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Robert E. Wankel was elected to succeed Libin. Wankel is president and co-chief executive officer of The Shubert Organization, which owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues. Throughout his 42 years with Shubert, he has been a guiding force in financial operations, creative projects, commercial real estate, ticketing services and Telecharge. Wankel has been a Broadway Cares trustee since 2009 and, in 2015, joined the executive committee as executive vice president. “I have huge shoes to fill thanks to Paul’s remarkable work,” Wankel said. “I am honored to continue the important work to be done and look forward to building on his exemplary leadership.” Viola added: “Bob’s counsel, advocacy, oversight and friendship is of paramount importance to our success. His extraordinary leadership and influence in the Broadway community has allowed our work to flourish, and will allow the much-needed fundraising and grant-making to continue.” n

Dancers Responding to AIDS

Series Offers Angels a Unique Look Inside Dance


n a series of one-night-only experiences, celebrated names in dance are trading in large stages for intimate, exclusive performance spaces at Dancers Responding to AIDS’ Inside Dance Series. These unique events for current and potential Angels give dance lovers a behind-the-scenes look at internationally acclaimed companies, choreographers and dancers. The series has included works from choreographers Gemma Bond, Jeffrey Cirio and Marcelo Gomes, performances from The Bang Group and Gallim Dance and featured dancers from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. In addition to the performances, attendees are invited to join a post-show Q&A with the dancers and choreographers, as well as a cocktail reception. “Inside Dance Series is an accessible way for all dance lovers to understand and experience dance on a deeper, more intimate level,” Dancers Responding to AIDS Founding Director Denise Roberts Hurlin said. “I call it an evening of ‘collaborative development,’ because our donors learn more about the dancers and choreographers, and the choreographers’ supporters learn more about Dancers Responding to AIDS.”

March 5, featured Joshua Beamish’s MOVETHECOMPANY, which strives to further the awareness of and appreciation for contemporary dance and ballet. Outside of the company, Beamish has collaborated with The Royal Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, Cape Town Opera, Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, Wendy Whelan, Ashley Bouder and The National Ballet of Canada, among others. The company performed The Masque of the Red Death, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story of the same name. Abraham and Beamish are longtime supporters of Dancers Responding to AIDS, having performed at Fire Island Dance Festival and Hudson Valley Dance Festival. Through its own audience appeals, Abraham.In.Motion has raised more than $11,000 for DRA. “Thanks to companies like Abraham.In.Motion and MOVETHECOMPANY who participate in our Inside Dance Series and other Dancers Responding to AIDS events, our supporters aren’t just watching dance; they’re fully immersed in it,” Hurlin said. n

So far this year, there have been two Inside Dance Series events. The first, on January 22, shined a spotlight on Abraham.In.Motion, a company born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in founder Kyle Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano and the visual arts. The company shared excerpts from Dearest Home, a personal work about the difficulty of intimacy, and Drive, which premiered in October at Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center. The second of this year’s Inside Dance Series performances, on


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Education Outreach

Students Continue to Be Superheroes for People in Need


ero is your middle name” is more than a lyric from the new smash hit musical SpongeBob SquarePants. It’s a way of life for students and teachers supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Across the country, young theatre artists are demonstrating that tomorrow’s Broadway stars are today’s changemakers and fundraising superheroes. Throughout the year, Broadway Cares celebrates the incredible efforts of these theatre students at International Thespian Society events from Florida to Colorado, from Georgia to California. Last fall, the Superhero Inspiration Wall made its first appearance


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at a thespian festival. Students are encouraged to write heartfelt or entertaining personal messages about their own superpowers. The community wall gives students a chance to inspire each other and creates a conversation around support and collaboration. “I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in and the ones I love,” one student wrote. “The ability to get back up after I fall,” another wrote. These students’ commitment laid the foundation for Broadway Cares’ end-of-year fundraising efforts with a unique online

peer-to-peer campaign. High school and college students reached out to friends and family to raise money for the cause during the holiday season. To motivate the students and deepen their connection with the professional theatre world, prizes were offered to the top fundraisers, including VIP passes to BroadwayCon and FaceTime sessions with Broadway star Ariana DeBose. Kelly Dunn, a junior at Bowling Green State University, led her theatre program to a top spot in the fundraising effort. As a reward, Dunn and 75 fellow students experienced a master class with Traci Elaine Lee and Nick Williams of the national touring company of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. In the true spirit of a hero, supporting Broadway Cares is more than prizes and perks for Dunn. “I didn’t go into this thinking that I wanted to receive anything special,” she said. “I wanted to help this community that I am a part of. We’re proud of what we do and we’re so thankful we’re given an opportunity on campus to collaborate and come together to help people in our greater community. There’s an organization 15 miles from campus in Toledo that received a grant from Broadway Cares. Something that helps people literally in our own backyard is very fulfilling and empowering for us.” n

“I wanted to help this community that I am a part of. We’re proud of what we do and we’re so thankful we’re given an opportunity on campus to collaborate and come together to help people in our greater community." Kelly Dunn

Broadway Steps Up in Support of Florida Students On February 14, incomparable tragedy struck Parkland, FL, when 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were shot to death on campus. In response, young activists, led by students in the school’s drama department, rallied for stricter gun laws and challenged the country to value the lives of children over a desire for guns. Soon after the tragic shooting, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS heard from Stoneman Douglas drama teacher Melody Herzfeld that students were having a difficult time returning to a school that had been labeled a crime scene. Broadway Cares reached out to the Broadway community to gather a collection of show posters to be sent to the school.

Nearly two dozen shows responded with inspiring messages for the students, hoping that these colorful souvenirs might lift their spirits as they move forward. Broadway Cares included a $5,000 check for the drama department with the posters, in addition to personalized notes from Broadway Cares staff members. “The feeling here at our school is unimaginable,” Herzfeld said. “There are no words. Our Broadway family is covering us in a cape of love and protection and we are so grateful of that. The Broadway community’s generosity is unbelievable. I wish we were writing under different circumstances, but the kids are strong. They will focus on their art and will 'sing' louder than any who would do us harm. They loved receiving these posters! There were cheers, screams of delight and some happy tears. Thank you.” n Behind the Scenes


Angels Circle 2017-2018 THE ANGELS CIRCLE

Providing a Sustainable Foundation The following are members of the Angels Circle as of April 16, 2018. Names in bold indicate Broadway Cares Archangels, donors who increased their gift by 25 percent or more over the previous year. Members of the Angels Circle include individuals, organizations, family foundations and corporations. Contributions are unrestricted and not related to event or merchandise purchases. On behalf of our volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees and the many men, women and children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses who count on Broadway Cares for assistance, we salute these donors. In appreciation of an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, Angels receive VIP status at some of Broadway Cares’ most high-profile events, including Gypsy of the Year 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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Rosalind Lippel*

Mark David Desky

Amy Gewirtz

Ira M. Resnick Foundation

Diane Lippert

Charles Deull

John R. Gibson

Zhila Ismaili

Stuart Lippner

Alvin Deutsch

Sue Gilad

Jeanne & Waldo Jackson in memory of

Kris Lockley

Kelly Devine

Joanna Gleason & Chris Sarandon

our son Robert Jackson

Michael Lombard

Senator Mike & Fran DeWine

Gleiberman Family Fund

Roberta & Robert Jacquet

Dennis Lonergan & John Graves

Salvatore E. Dirschberger

of the Jewish Community Foundation

Tracy Jamar in memory Monty Silver

The Lovito Family

John, Barb & Ginna Doyle

Jan and Steven Golann

Keith & Patti James

Arwen Lowbridge & Michael Lane

Dr. Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman

Barbara Golden

Janis & Alan Menken Charity Fund

Steve Lukens

Foundation in honor of

Dr. Stan Golden

Cate & Gregg Jarrett

Steven F. Lutz

Dr. Guido Goldman*

in memory of Larz Anderson

Mark & William Macatee

The EACH Foundation

Sam Gonzalez

Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola

Scott Mallalieu & Nat Fuchs

Thor Eckert

Stefanie M. Gorman

Jerl Machine Inc.

Barbara Manocherian

The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation

Barbara Gottlieb

Joe Allen Restaurant

Jesse Manocherian

Valerie Eigner

Ann & Eddie Graf

Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward

The Marcy & Alan S. Honig

Alan Eisenberg & Claire Copley

Dane Grams

Barbara Josso & Liz Miloscia

Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Steven Elkin

Nancy Kellogg Gray

Nicole A. Jussen

The Margolies Team

Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz

in honor of Danny Whitman

Peter Kaczorowski

at Compass Real Estate

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans*

Mike Greenly

Laurence Kaplan*

Thomas Marino

Shane Ewen

Howard Grossman, M.D.

Chad Kaydo***

MASIE Productions

Laura G. Fahsbender

Barry & Maggie Grove

Jodi, Jim, Matthew & Allison Kaye

Scott & Harriet Mauro

Arthur M. Fairley

Chris Guimarin

Karin & Greg Kayne

Jo Mayer

Tobi & Eugene Faut

Marc J. Gurell

Thomas Kazmierczak & Ted Blankenship

Elizabeth I. McCann

after 35 years of unwedded bliss

Samuel J. Friedman


Behind the Scenes

Michael Simmons-DeFord

Angela Lansbury

Eric McGahhey

Donald R. Pickens

Charles B. Slutzky

Danny Whitman & Robert Bartley

Kati Meister

Erik Piecuch & Alex Wright*

Iris Smith

in memory of Francine Whitman

Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad

Theresa & Pete Piliero

Michael Smith

Lois Whitman

in honor of Judy Dove & Frank Conway

Gloria Piraino

Michael J. Smith***

Channing Wickham

Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov

Rose Polidoro

Society of American Fight Directors

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Wiggers

Allen T. Mercer

Michael & Jo-Ann Price

James Spiegelhoff

in memory of T. Thorne Wiggers

MeritDirect, LLC

Sarah Prinsloo & Dean Rosow

Sara Star in honor of Tom Viola

Miles Wilkin

Mr. & Mrs. E. Van R. Milbury

Frances Pu

Eric Stine

Margo Wintersteen

Russell K. Miller

Ronald J. Rafay

Meryl Streep & Don Gummer

Sarah Wolff & Joel Handelman

Marilyn Miller

Anthony Ramos

Stuart S. Applebaum Giving Foundation

John Wuertz & Abzal Ayubeally

in memory of Trygve F. Wasbotten

Steven Rank

in memory of Mr. Vincent Zito

Lori A. Yaspan

Michael Mills & Mark McGrath

Andrea & Dennis Ratner

Flody Suarez

Ilana Zablozki-Amir M.D.

Mirador Real Estate

Betty P Rauch

Katherine Sulenski

Jeff Zadroga

Andrea Mitchell

Melissa Rauch

Christopher Swope & John Flippen

in memory of Maestro Jack F. Lee

Sherry Ann Mohan

David Reich & Keith Marran

Synergist Consulting LLC

Sonni Zambino & Judy Allen

Kathleen Moloney

Monica & Greg Reid

in honor of Charlotte St. Martin

in memory of Panchali Null

Joey Monda***

Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas*

Rod Tailford & Mark Flickinger

The Ziegfeld Club

Debra Monk

Edward H. Richard & Warren P. Kendrick

Dan & Lynn Tarrence

Zufall Family Foundation*

Arthur H. Moore

Ed Roberts & Elaine Krauss

Peter M. Taub

Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold

Oscar E. Moore

Jonathan Rock & Patrick DelaCruz

Hal Tepfer

Anonymous (11)

William Moore

Larry Rogowsky

John Henry Thomas III


William Morey

Lucy Rose

Henry Tisch***

Javier Morgado

Moe & Jack Rouse

Lila & George Todd

in memory of Eddie Sweetnam

Loren Ruch & David Salas

Tim Tompkins

Sally Campbell Morse

Albert Russo*

Elizabeth V. Toperzer

Elizabeth Morton

Craig Sabbatino***

Gissell Torres

Jason & Debbie Moss

Susie Sainsbury

Stephen & Valerie Toups

Gene Murray

Riccardo Salmona & Bill Doyle*

Jeffrey Trachtman

Eric Nelson

Amelia Salzman & Randal Milch

Tracy Ann Dulworth Fund

Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins*

Wendy B. Samuel

of The Dallas Foundation

Maury Newburger

Dorothy & Peter Samuels

John & Elizabeth Traub

Winston Nguyen***

Aaron Sanko: The Cruxory Group***

Jennifer Trepeck in honor of Sue Gilad

Nicholas C. & Allison M. Moore Fund

Eddie Sarfaty & Court Stroud

Truworthy Productions

Daniel Nickolich*

Megan M. Savage***

Twelfth Night Club Inc.

Albert Nocciolino

Carolyn Schiff & Noah Millman

Mark Tynan

Nora Roberts Foundation

S. Fred Schiffman

Beth M. Uffner

Steven Noss

Jack Schlegel*

Richard J. Underwood

Dr. Sharon Novak*

Michael Schober & Don Harrison

Sally Unger

David O’Brien

Susan & Clark Schubach

Emily Vacher in honor of Javier MuĂąoz

Mark Olander & Nancy Farwell

Peter & Susan Schubert

A. J. Vincent & Michael Eidelman

Christopher Oram

Jennifer Scott

Richard & Debra Voller

John K. Orberg

John Eric Sebesta & William Tomai

Suzyn Waldman

Lisa Orberg

Debra & Michael Segal

Tom & Connie Walsh

Janice Oresman

Jeffrey Seller

Alice Wang

Samantha Orleans & Kevin Hansley

Lee Seymour***

Justin Weatherby & Frankie Moran

Ron Painter

Barbara & Bob Shelley

Arthur E. Webster, Esq.

Dominic Paolillo & Itai Shamir

in memory of Larz Anderson

Wayne Wei

Philip Paroian

Kenneth G. Shelley

Ira M. Weitzman

Gregg Passin

Jayne Baron Sherman

John F. Welch

Robert Payea III

Andrew Shore

Lucille Werlinich

David Pedemonti

in memory of Larz Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Cortwright Wetherill Jr.

Ralph L. Pellecchio

Richard Siegmeister

Nancy A. Wheeler

& James C. Wernz, M.D.

David Siewers

Frederick M. White & Greg Kammerer

Charles A. Pellicane

Lisa Simmons

Todd M. Whitley & Gary O. Holder*

Michelle M. Peters

Ed Simonelli & Hernando Cortez Jr*

in loving memory of James Roe

*Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle **Indicates members of the Broadway Cares and DRA Angels Circle ***Indicates members of the NextGen Network and DRA Young Patrons

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5 Questions The success of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS comes not only from those making personal financial contributions, but also those who so graciously offer their time and talents to make a difference. We asked three of those shining lights to share their stories.

How did you first get involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS? JOHNNY MILANI: In high school, I met Joe

Norton, former director of education and outreach at Broadway Cares, at the Florida State Thespian Festival. I began fundraising at my high school and organizing the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS table at the state festival each year.

KATHERINE SULENSKI: I learned about the organization at one of my state thespian festival’s events. My first volunteering experience was load-out for Broadway Bares in 2009 and I haven’t stopped since. KYLE LAMAR MITCHELL: I began volunteering

the fall after joining The Lion King. After learning about the rich history our company has had with the organization, I was honored to help make a difference while making my Broadway debut.

a show, so I’ve grown a bit addicted to finding new ways to make people laugh and smile. You can find me standing in the lobby of the Minskoff Theatre shouting out the silliest one-liners I can think of to encourage folks to open their hearts and wallets for a good cause. What is your favorite memory of making a difference through Broadway Cares? JOHNNY: Falling in love at the Fire Island Dance

Festival in 2010 with the man who is now my husband. Giving back and getting love? I'll take it.

KATHERINE: Leading up to the 2017 Gypsy of the

Year, I was volunteering with a red bucket when an older woman approached me and said the cause was important to her because she had lost her brother to AIDS. She was sweet and bright with determination, and will stay with me for many years.

Johnny Milani

Stage manager at Kinky Boots and production stage manager of Broadway Bares: Game Night

KYLE: One of our cast members returned home

to South Africa last year and stopped by a local food service organization supported by Broadway Cares and The Lion King. I was so moved by the unadulterated joy and gratitude shared in the photos and videos he captured. As a member of the theatre community, why is it important to you to give back?

JOHNNY: Spreading love and light is our specialty.

What motivates you to work with Broadway Cares? JOHNNY: The amount of people Broadway

As a human being, it is our duty as those who have been blessed with love and light to turn around and give it back to those who need it most.

KATHERINE: I want to make people feel good, laugh

Cares helps around the world. It is really astounding how many lives are improved from simply one night of collecting at Kinky Boots alone.

and enjoy themselves, especially during times of trouble. Giving back with Broadway Cares does exactly that.

KATHERINE: First, the message and work of

KYLE: If my doing what I love onstage helps an

this organization. When someone calls for help, Broadway Cares answers the phone. Second, the friendships and bonds I have formed with amazing staff members and volunteers. Third, in this time of unrest, I need to make a difference somehow. Broadway Cares offers me the opportunity to make this world a better place.

KYLE: I have friends and loved ones who are

living with HIV/AIDS and some who have lost their battles with the disease. Each night when I come out to the lobby to volunteer I carry them with me. On a lighter note, as a natural born entertainer I adore putting on

Katherine Sulenski Broadway Cares Volunteer

audience escape the weight of their reality, even for a few hours, I know I am living my purpose. To harness that transformative power offstage and change someone’s life for the better is a role I am all too honored and privileged to play. Describe Broadway Cares in three words.

JOHNNY: Vital, all-inclusive, effective.

KATHERINE: Passionate, gracious, evolving.

KYLE: Revolutionary, indispensable, family.

Kyle Lamar Mitchell Actor at The Lion King

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