Ben Vereen Will Share the Spotlight With Chita Rivera at December 4 NYC Art Attack Foundation Benefit

Benefits and Galas   Ben Vereen Will Share the Spotlight With Chita Rivera at December 4 NYC Art Attack Foundation Benefit
 
The event at Birdland will include performances from Rivera, Christy Altomare, Chris McCarrell, and others.
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Broadway icon Ben Vereen will join Chita Rivera in the spotlight at the Broadway at Birdland concert series’ upcoming An Evening of Song. The concert, benefiting the Art Attack Foundation, will take place December 4 at the midtown cabaret venue.

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Rivera, a two-time Tony winner, serves as the Chairperson for the AAF, which provides scholarship funding and outreach opportunities for young performers to achieve their full artistic potential. The 2017 concert marks the 14th anniversary of the organization.

“Now, more than ever, young people with talent need our help with training, support, encouragement, and above all—opportunity,” said Rivera. “That is exactly what Art Attack provides, and why they need our help, in order to accomplish all that they achieve. That very next scholarship that is given could be the one for a future star in the arts. I am proud and delighted to be a part of this fine organization.”

In addition to Rivera and Vereen, the event will feature the previously announced Anastasia star Christy Altomare, Beautiful Tony nominee Anika Larsen and Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Les Misérables and The Lightning Thief favorite Chris McCarrell, KPOP composer Max Vernon, and songwriting team Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, as well as Birdland staple Jim Caruso, Julie Foldesi, Sally Wilfert, Michael Patrick Walker, Bonnie Milligan, Rob Rokicki, Lynne Shankel, and Steve Marzullo.

Joining the stage stars will be two students from Rosie's Theater Kids, an arts education initiative from Rosie O'Donnell that Art Attack continues to support. Anthony Garcia—who is also an Art Attack scholarship recipient—and Malcolm Callendar will represent the organization as part of the event lineup.

Michael Croiter of Yellow Sound Label will produce alongside Watt and Yael Silver.

For tickets and more information, visit ArtAttackFoundation.org.

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Updated October 25, 2017.

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