Sir Ian McKellen to Host "Only Make Believe" Benefit; Memphis and Billy Elliot Casts to Perform

News   Sir Ian McKellen to Host "Only Make Believe" Benefit; Memphis and Billy Elliot Casts to Perform
 
Sir Ian McKellen will host the 11th annual gala to benefit Only Make Believe, the non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities.

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Nov. 1 evening at Broadway's Shubert Theatre will feature the casts of Memphis and Billy Elliot: The Musical as well as Josh Lucas, Euan Morton, Brad Oscar, Seth Rudetsky and The Glamazons.

The benefit, also titled "Only Make Believe," will feature the presentation of the James Hammerstein Award to Laura Armitage "for her outstanding dedication to children in need both on a local and global level" and the presentation of the Founders' Award to philanthropist and author Cathy Lasry for her "exceptional commitment to children’s causes."

Tickets for the gala are available by visiting www.onlymakebelieve.org or by calling (646) 336-1500.

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Only Make Believe was founded in 1999 by Dena Hammerstein, in memory of her husband James Hammerstein.

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