"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.
For more information, call (212) 505-FISH (3474) or visit rockersonbroadway.com.