"This historic night will honor rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who's Tommy) and director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), two visionaries who broke new artistic ground while bridging the gap between Rock & Roll and Broadway," press notes state. "An all-star cast of Broadway's finest … will be backed by a full band, performing numbers from the event's first two decades. The evening will include special performances by Micky Dolenz and honoree Des McAnuff."
"Rockers began because Pete wanted Tommy's cast of Broadway performers to get some experience performing in rock clubs to understand what he did," Kehr said in a statement. "So our first event actually had rock god Pete Townshend playing backup for Alice Ripley, Norm Lewis, Michael Cerveris, myself and others to help give our Broadway performances a rock n’ roll edge. And that spirit has guided 20 years of Rockers on Broadway."
Over 20 years, Rockers on Broadway has raised $300,000, with proceeds from 2013's event benefiting The ASCAP Foundation's Children Will Listen Program, The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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