Multiple Drama Desk Award nominee Julie Halston will host the seventh annual Broadway Belts for PFF! February 27 at the Edison Ballroom, 240 W. 47th St., in New York City.
Featuring Broadway stars in an evening of music and comedy benefiting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the 5:30 PM performance will feature the talents of Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Mario Cantone (The View), Robert Creighton (Cagney), and Tony winner Randy Graff (City of Angels, The Babylon Line).
The evening will be directed by Carl Andress with musical direction by Christopher McGovern and music supervision by Ed Windels.
The annual event began as a tribute to Michael Kuchwara, the theatre critic of the Associated Press, who died suddenly of pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. Halston’s husband, the newscaster Ralph Howard, himself was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis a short time later, eventually receiving a lung transplant. To date the annual fundraisers have raised nearly $500,000 for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
“Watching my husband struggle to breathe was a poignant reminder of never taking for granted this most basic of functions. Can you imagine not being able to breathe? That’s what we are fighting for and why this evening filled with Broadway’s best belting to the rafters is so important to me. The leap in treatment since 2010 has been astounding, but much needs to be done until there is a cure,” says Halston.
The benefit is produced for the seventh straight year by D. Michael Dvorchak, Sue Frost, Julie Halston, and Ed Windels.
Tickets are $300 for premium seating or $100 for general seating and can be purchased by clicking here.