Several Broadway shows a year add an extra performance to benefit the non-profit organization that provides support for those in the entertainment industry. Members of the cast and company donate their time for the special performance.
The Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical was one of the many shows shuttered during the lengthy stagehands strike, which ended Nov. 28. Prior to returning to work Nov. 29, Wicked co-star Block told Playbill.com, "I think for me going back to work is going to be quite a blessing. I've missed the Broadway community, I've certainly missed my cast although we have seen each other periodically by checking in at half hour. It's just a different feeling of community when you're onstage and working together to tell a story and entertain those that have come to New York to see Broadway. And I've desperately missed the character of Elphaba. She's a great part of me and going into work and doing this role eight times a week is a blessing and a release and such a gift. So I will certainly be enjoying every second onstage tonight and really appreciating it all."
The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.
Tickets for the added performance, priced $61.25-$251.25, are available by calling (212) 307-4100, (800) 755-4000 or by visiting the Gershwin box office at 222 West 51st Street.