The evening will mark Kind’s second time hosting the show, which he helped to inaugurate in 2009.
Joining the previously announced cast of performers are songwriters/composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge will direct the fundraiser with music direction by Lawrence Yurman.
Performers also include Adrian Bailey, Ashley Blanchet, Danielle Brooks, E. Clayton Cornelius, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Khaya, Carole Lasser, Adriane Lenox, Lesli Margherita, Zane, Timothy McDevitt, Robert Petkoff, Steve Rosen, Jesse Ruben, Peter Scolari, Ryan Silverman, Ali Stroker, John Tartaglia, Wesley Taylor and Rema Webb.
Founder and executive producer Sarah Galli created Born for Broadway in 2003 as a way to give back to her community after her brother Jeff suffered a spinal cord injury. Eleven years later, it has evolved from a student-run music revue into an annual cabaret that brings together established Broadway and television performers and emerging talent, including individuals with paralysis, to benefit paralysis-related causes.
In a statement Galli said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Richard is hosting Born for Broadway once more. He is the epitome of what Born for Broadway aspires to be: energetic, hilarious, and enormously compassionate, with just the right amount of sass. Richard was truly born for Broadway, and to have Marc and Scott as a part of our night, joining us as we shine a necessary spotlight on paralysis causes, is beyond a thrill. I am enormously grateful.” Tickets are on sale now for $25-75 at bornforbroadway.com. All proceeds benefit Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, a nonprofit that supports international advocacy, education and spinal cord injury research.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center is located at 129 W. 67th Street.