The fourth annual Broadway Back to School benefit concert, where Broadway professionals and student performers share the stage in a one-night-only celebration of theatre in schools, will return to Feinstein’s/54 Below September 23 at 7 PM.
Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show], Found) again hosts the event that will feature performances from Head Over Heels star Bonnie Milligan and Caitlin Kinnunen, who will star in the upcoming Broadway premiere of The Prom. They will perform alongside Justin Gregory Lopez (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC), Preston Max Allen, Jeremy Brown, Morgan Siobhan Green, Michael Maliakel, Garrett Zuercher (Wonderstruck), songwriters Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Ever After), and 2018 Jimmy Award winner Renee Rapp.
The evening will also honor Music Theatre International Co-Chairman Freddie Gershon and Dr. Sharon Dunn, former Senior Manager for Arts Education for the New York City Department of Education, with the inaugural Broadway Back to School Awards, recognizing their impact in building access and excellence in school theatre.
Serving as the creative team for Broadway Back to School are Bell (co-producer and emcee), Hans Weichhart (co-producer), Seth Rettberg (director), Christine Riley (music director), and John Conover (stage manager).
Broadway Back to School is produced by the Educational Theatre Foundation. Funds raised help build and sustain theatre education programs in underserved schools.
“Having the opportunity to experience theatre in school changes lives,” said ETF President Julie Cohen Theobald, “and with the help of theatre enthusiasts, we’re working to help more students have the experience of feeling accepted, valued, and part of something larger than themselves.”
Seating is limited; tickets are available online.
The host committee includes Hunter Bell, Chair, Sarah Jane Arnegger, Dori Berinstein, Michael DiBianco, Mark Drum, Nancy and Ken Duffy, Mathew Hagmeier, Glenn Halcomb, Jim Hoare, Courtney Kochuba, Carolyn Little, Tim McDonald, John Prignano, Kim Rogers, and Abbie Van Nostrand.
Broadway Back to School sponsors are Allstate Foundation, BookTix, Broadway Artists Alliance, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Broadway League, Community Arts Initiatives, Disney Parks Live Entertainment, Dramatists Play Service, Mark Drum, Nancy & Ken Duffy, Glenn Halcomb & Josh Criscoe, HHWTS Productions, Hilton, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, National Theater Institute, The Musical Company, Music Theatre International, Playbill, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark Music Library, and Kara Unterberg.