As previously announced, "ABC & SOAPnet Salute Broadway Cares" is scheduled for March 9 at 8 PM. Cameron Mathison will host. The three young Billy Elliot stars will perform that show's "Electricity."
Actors from such ABC daytime shows as "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" will offer musical numbers and skits. Confirmed talent currently includes Emmy Award winner Susan Lucci; Melissa Claire Egan, Bobbie Eakes, Ricky Paull Goldin, Vincent Irizarry, Chrishell Stause, Aiden Turner, Darnell Williams, Walt Willey and Jacob Young from "All My Children"; Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Bonner, Kathy Brier, Scott Clifton, Kassie DePaiva, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood from "One Life to Live"; and Bradford Anderson, Anthony Geary and Kimberly McCullough from "General Hospital."
Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a recent statement, "The annual ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids benefit was created as a way for us to give back to the community and support a great organization. This event also provides a unique outlet to extend our brand while providing our loyal viewers the opportunity to see their favorite stars perform live on Broadway."
To date the ABC fundraisers have raised a total of one million dollars for the charitable organization.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $150 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and online contests are available by visiting www.broadwaycares.org.
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