PHOTO CALL: The Wicked Rocky Horror Show Time Warps in Vegas; Touring Cast Raises Over $80,000
By Matthew Blank
The national touring company of Wicked presented The Wicked Rocky Horror Show, a staged concert performance of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, Sept. 24 at 7:30 PM at The New Tropicana Las Vegas Historic Showroom. The evening raised over $80,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Las Vegasí Golden Rainbow.
The show featured Wicked company members, band and the touring staff stepping out of their everyday roles and kicking up their (spiked) heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta, Rocky, Janet and Brad.
Performers included Kevin McMahon, Kevin Beebee, Lauren Boyd, Justin Brill, Rick Desloge, Luis Augusto Figueroa, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald, Brenda Hamilton, Courtney Iventosch, Trevor Ryan Krahl, Renee Lawless-Orsini, Marissa Lupp, Michael Mahany, Justin Mendoza, Ashley Dawn Mortensen, Patti Murin, Cassie Okenka, Steve Quinn, Dee Roscioli, Adea Michelle Sessoms, Sarah Schenkkan, Pamela Shandrow, Ben Susak, Jenny Winslow, Mikey Winslow, and Kim Zimmer.
The event was directed by company member Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald with choreography by Napoleon W. Gladney and Shanna VanDerwerker and musical direction by Andrew Graham.
In addition to the performance, there were live and silent auctions including several opportunities to join the company backstage at the The Smith Center and a chance to bid on a walk-on role in Wicked.
In its seven years on the road, the Wicked company has raised over $2,000,000 in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS services organizations all over the country.
Kevin Beebee, Benefit Producer and Associate Company Manager for the tour says, 'We are so thrilled to have partnered with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and The Golden Rainbow of Las Vegas on such a successful event. This was the most profitable charity benefit in the 7 year history of the Wicked First National Tour. The generosity and support from the people of Las Vegas is incredibly inspiring. Thank you Vegas, it is so humbling to be able to give back your community."
Wicked continues its record breaking run through Oct. 7th in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. Limited ticket availability. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com or call the Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American theater community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. www.broadwaycares.org
Golden Rainbow is a non-profit organization founded in 1987. It provides housing and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Southern Nevada area. Golden Rainbow is a grass roots organization, founded by members of the entertainment industry who saw the need to provide housing for people with HIV/AIDS when one of their own was forced to live and die in a garage. Entertainers, doing what they do best, put together their first show to raise money for this worthwhile cause. That first show was called "Golden Rainbow" and premiered July 11, 1987, in the Ziegfeld Theatre at Bally's. Since then the show's name has been changed to 'Ribbon of Life" and is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in Nevada. www.goldenrainbow.org
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