Broadway Stars Unite for Hurricane Relief Benefit Sept. 25

News   Broadway Stars Unite for Hurricane Relief Benefit Sept. 25 A slew of Broadway stars will join forces Sept. 25 at the Gershwin Theatre to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds from the 8:30 PM concert, entitled Broadway's Celebrity Benefit for Hurricane Relief, will go directly to America's Second Harvest and Quilts for Kids, two organizations working directly with the Katrina victims.
Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Those scheduled to perform at the concert — produced by the company of Wicked and made possible by the Nederlander Organization — include Bryan Batt, Shoshana Bean, Victoria Clark, Charlotte D'Amboise, Jill Eikenberry, Raul Esparza, Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Shuler Hensley, Megan Hilty, Bill Irwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian d'Arcy James, Isabelle Keating, Judy Kuhn, Adriane Lenox, Susan Lucci, Terrence Mann, Rue McClanahan, Michael McElroy, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara, Denis O'Hare, Elizabeth Parkinson, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Keith Roberts, Jai Rodriguez, Carole Shelley, Christopher Sieber, Daniel Sunjata, Michael Tucker, Ben Vereen, Frederick Weller and The Broadway Inspirational Voices as well as the casts of All Shook Up, Avenue Q Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia!, Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Wicked.

In a recent statement, Wicked's Ben Vereen said, "On Monday August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast like no other storm in recorded history. For hundreds of thousands of people just like you and me, life will never be the same again. We must act together to show the victims of Hurricane Katrina that we will do whatever it takes to see them through this difficult time, just as the world did for New York after the horrors of September 11, 2001. When ticket sales hit an all time low and businesses were struggling to keep their doors open, our fellow Americans rallied around our city. They came to stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, shop in our stores... and they came to see our shows!"

Tickets for the concert are priced $100 and $300 and are available by visiting the Gershwin Theatre box office, by calling (212) 307-4100 or by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com. The Gershwin Theatre is located at 222 West 51st Street.