Mary Testa, Jarrod Spector, Justin Guarini, Tamika Lawrence, Christine Dwyer to Sing for Cancer Research

Imagine: A Concert of Hope, a benefit to raise funds for cancer research through the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, will be held Sept. 8 at (le) Poisson Rouge.

Jarrod Spector
Jarrod Spector

Performers at the 8 PM concert include Adinah Alexander ( inky Boots, Wicked), Jenni Barber ( Wicked, The Nance), Kelli Barrett ( Wicked; Baby, It's You!), Richard H. Blake ( Jersey Boys, Matilda), Matt Bogart ( Jersey Boys, Aida), Christine Dwyer ( Wicked), Justin Guarini ( Wicked, Romeo and Juliet, "American Idol"), Lisa Howard ( The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, South Pacific), Marcus Paul James ( Motown, In the Heights, Rent), Tamika Lawrence ( If/Then, Matilda, The Book of Mormon), Jarrod Spector ( Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Mary Testa ( Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu) and Betsy Werbel ( Wicked, Les Misérables).

"After losing my brother in 2007, I realized that life is too short and you have to make every day truly count," said Betsy Werbel in a statement. "I get to live my dream every night on Broadway. My brother had a dream to find a cure for cancer. Please join us for this celebration of Hope and help me make my brother's dream a reality."

The evening will be directed by Joe Ricci with musical direction by Jodie Moore.

The Brian Werbel Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of Brian, who passed away May 7, 2007, at the age of 29. The mission of the fund is to "advance clinical research on cancer-related initiatives, an area in which Brian was deeply involved."

(le) Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street. For more information and tickets, click here.