The benefit and the foundation it supports were created following the attempted suicide of 11-year-old North Carolina student Michael Morones, who was severely bullied by his fellow classmates for his love of the My Little Pony television series. Morones, who attempted to hang himself, was found in time to save his life, but is currently undergoing intensive rehab due to the severity of the brain damage he sustained. He will need ongoing managed care for the rest of his life.
The mission of the Michael Morones Foundation is to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying.
Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mary-Louise Parker, Paula Cole, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff and Julia Murney are among the artists who have also lent their support as part of the honorary host committee for the 7 PM evening of song. Broadway Battles Bullying is executive-produced by Rich Silverstein.
In addition to Fogler (Spelling Bee), Johnson (Legally Blonde), Worsham (Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and Paice (Matilda), the evening will include Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie"), Jennifer Laura Thompson (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Wicked, Urinetown), Joe Iconis and Family ("Smash," Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits), Anastacia McCleskey (Violet, The Book of Mormon, Hair), Shakina Nayfack, Jake Lucas (Newsies), Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) and Metropolitan Opera star Joyce DiDonato.
Concert tickets are priced $40–$90. In addition, VIP tickets, priced $150-$500, are also available. Visit broadwaybattlesbullying.org for ticketing information.
To learn how to donate to the Michael Morones Foundation, visit michaelmorones.org.