PHOTO CALL: Kerry Butler, Christopher Meloni, Adrienne Warren, Ashley Brown and More at Only Make Believe Gala

The 13th annual Only Make Believe Gala, which benefits the organization of the same name that brings the magic of theatre to children in hospitals and care facilities, was presented Nov. 5 at 7 PM at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Hosted by Christopher Meloni, the evening honored Sir Ian McKellen, Guy Chiarello and Petra Nemcova.

Performers included Matthew Broderick, Seth Rudetsky, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Broadway Kids Care, Ashley Brown, Derrick Baskin, John Eric Parker, Antoine L. Smith, Ken Robinson, Adrienne Warren, Moya Angela, Stephanie Gibson, Marla Mindelle, Bret Shuford, Jay Johnson, Jason Michael Snow and Trevon Davis.


The Only Make Believe program debuted in October 1999 at Rusk Institute's Pediatric Unit, NYU Langone Medical Center. Dena Hammerstein established Only Make Believe in memory of her late husband James (son of Oscar Hammerstein), for his dedication to the theatre and her own passionate love for children in need. Since 1999 this organization has brought interactive theatre, performed by professional actors, to over 25,000 children and families in more than 50 hospitals free-of-charge in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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