City of Hope, a Starry Broadway Concert for Hurricane Relief, Postponed to Dec. 10
By Kenneth Jones
A starry Broadway concert to aid New York and New Jersey communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, scheduled for Nov. 26 at the Gershwin Theatre, has been moved to Dec. 10, organizers announced late on Nov. 25. City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back will feature David Hyde Pierce, Ashley Brown, Patrick Wilson, Julia Murney and many more.
The Broadway company of Wicked, in conjunction with Mark Fisher Fitness, is behind the 7:30 PM event. The show is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for the new date; tickets are available at Ticketmaster.comTicketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929.
"In the interest of adding to our already stellar line-up and maximizing the total donation for Hurricane Sandy victims via our partners at the Mayor's Fund and Tunnel to Towers, we've made the decision to re-schedule," Mark Fisher, one of the event's producers, said in a statement.
City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back is ecpected to feature performances by Broadway's Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Robert Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Max Crumm (Grease), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Dee Hoty (Bye Bye Birdie), David Hyde Pierce (Curtains), Natalie Joy Johnson (Silence! The Musical), Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Jessie Mueller (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Julia Murney (Wicked), Christopher Sieber (La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek the Musical), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby) and Patrick Wilson (All My Sons), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Jane Monheit, Scott Alan and the Broadway Boys, and more to be revealed.
The producing team of City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back includes Richard H. Blake, Steve Chazaro, Mark Fisher, Michael Keeler, Raymond J. Lee and Betsy Werbel.
"City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back carries on the Broadway community's tradition of pulling together to raise funds for those in need," producer Mark Fisher said in an earlier statement. "With a cast of Broadway's best generously donating their time and talent, we look forward to an evening of great performances as New York theatre lovers unite to do our part to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy."
Those interested in volunteering for the event can reach out by visiting BroadwayBlowsBack.com and clicking the "get involved" link.
The Gershwin Theatre, the home of Wicked, is at 222 W. 51st St.
Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts. The Mayor's Fund retains no administrative fee, and one hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. Funds will support immediate aid needs — including, food, water and hygiene supplies — as well as long-term relief and restoration for victims affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The remaining 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to support relief efforts conducted by the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) founded to honor the life and legacy of Stephen Siller (FDNY), 9/11 hero. Since its inception, the Tunnel To Towers has established "In the Line of Duty" programs for our most severely injured first responders and "Legacy of Love" programs including relief efforts with Hurricane Sandy. One-hundred percent of gross funds raised will immediately be used to provide much-needed resources to those areas hit hardest by the storm in New Jersey and New York. Tunnel to Towers is very proud of the fact that no donations are being spent on overhead, and all hurricane funds are going directly to relief. The Foundation has active relief stations open seven days a week in Red Hook (Brooklyn), Far Rockaway/Long Beach (Long Island) and Staten Island. To learn more, visit TunnelToTowers.org/RELIEF or follow on Twitter @Tunnel2Towers.
For more information, visit BroadwayBlowsBack.com.
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