Born for Broadway Benefit Will Feature Annaleigh Ashford, Betsy Wolfe, Howard McGillin, Aaron Lazar and More
18 Sep 2013
Born for Broadway, the fourth annual celebrity cabaret that features Broadway and TV stars who donate their time and talent to raise money for paralysis-based organizations, will be held Sept. 30 at 54 Below.
Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime) will direct, with music direction by Lawrence Yurman (Far From Heaven, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Grey Gardens).
Born for Broadway was created ten years ago as a student-sponsored cabaret at Marymount Manhattan College, where founder and executive producer Sarah Galli was enrolled as a performance major. Galli created the show as a way to give back after her brother, Jeff, suffered a spinal cord injury in 1998 in a diving accident.
Born for Broadway's mission, according to press notes, "is to engage college campuses across the nation in raising funds for paralysis related organizations. By engaging young artists and producers in this philanthropic commitment, students have an opportunity to produce their own musical theatre production, while using their time and talent for a greater cause. The annual Broadway gala showcases the performances of both established performers as well as emerging talent. All funds contributed from college productions and the gala benefit research and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, through both national and grassroots non-profit organizations."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.