Deitch will be honored with the inaugural Inspiration Award. The award is given to "an individual who inspires, renews, and transforms others through their personal and professional career."
In a statement Deitch said, "I am so honored to be receiving the inaugural Inspiration Award from Retreat to Broadway. Just getting the opportunity to participate in their transformative work has been the reward for me. Under the Director and Founder’s leadership, Brian Reavey has empowered hundreds of theatregoers to engage with actors that never would have happened otherwise; conversations about social justice, spiritual connection, and the journey that only theatre can kick-start in one's own life — whether on stage or in the audience. That to me is priceless and inspiring."
Covenant House will be the recipient of the 2015 Transformation Award. The award is given annually to "an organization whose mission of inspiration, renewal, and transformation aligns with 'Retreat to Broadway's.'"
In a statement Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House, said, "The least interesting thing about the homeless kids we serve is that they are homeless. Our kids are artists, singers, dancers, musicians — they are gifted, beautiful kids. Retreat to Broadway's mission to use live theater as a way to bring out the best in all of us aligns perfectly with our mission. On behalf of our kids, thank you."
Kathy Brier (Hairspray, “Boardwalk Empire,” “One Life to Live”), Deitch (Wicked, Footloose), Kevin R. Free (The Fantasticks), Julie James ("The Julie James Show") and Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu, The Secret Garden) are set to perform in the concert. James will also serve as host for the evening.
According to a release, "This family-friendly concert benefits 'Retreat to Broadway,' a non-profit project that pairs innovative programming with live theater. Their program categories (Educational, Professional, Social & Spiritual) provide unique experiences of inspiration, renewal, and transformation for any audience of any size, age, or location. Participants have access to their exclusive Retreat to Broadway Speakers Bureau, a group of 10 pre-approved theater professionals who are available to speak privately to retreat groups. All concert proceeds benefit future Retreat to Broadway programming, as well as their scholarship program that assists retreat participants who experience financial hardship."
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