The concert, which celebrated the 35th anniversary of the U.S. release of the acclaimed Elton John-Bernie Taupin double album, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," raised $1 million in support of the three charities. In the Heights' Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler directed and choreographed the evening, which featured the talents of composer John, Jane Krakowski, Ben Folds, Joey Arias, the cast of New York Shakespeare Festival's Hair, Melissa Hough, Larry Keigwin, Mary McBride, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Cameron Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Sherie Rene Scott, Jake Shears, Stew, The Broadway Inspirational Voices, the cast of Disney's The Lion King, Rufus Wainwright and Patrick Wilson. Jeffrey Seller produced.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grants making organization. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Friends in Deed is the crisis center for people coping with HIV and other life-threatening illnesses.