Bway's Rivera, Banderas, Esparza, Rubin-Vega, Perez Celebrate "Latin Rhythms," May 19

News   Bway's Rivera, Banderas, Esparza, Rubin-Vega, Perez Celebrate "Latin Rhythms," May 19 Broadway's Latino performers Chita Rivera, Raúl Esparza and Daphne Rubin-Vega headlined an evening of "Latin Rhythms" last year celebrating both The Great White Way and Latin music. Now, Antonio Banderas and Rosie Perez join them for the second annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS event May 19 at B.B. Kings Blues Club.

Nine stars Rivera, Banderas and Saundra Santiago along with The Rocky Horror Show castmates Esparza and Rubin-Vega will perform with Perez (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), Def Poetry Jam's Mayda Del Valle and Lemon, Natalie Toro (Les Misérables) and Olga Merediz (Man of La Mancha). Amaro — conceiver and choreographer — co-directs the show with Ariadne Villarreal. Grammy Award-winning Ray Santos provides musical arrangements supported by The Jose Bellos Orchestra. The event will be modeled after a night at the historic Palladium during its heyday with live performances followed by an evening of dancing.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. Since it was founded in 1988, BC/EFA has raised and distributed over $65 million to services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV related illnesses.

For more information to "Latin Rhythms" at B.B. Kings Blues Club, 237 West 42nd Street or tickets ($50-$1,000), call (212) 840-0770 x268 or visit www.broadwaycares.org.