Also featured in the 7:30 PM concert were Lesli Margherita, Ariana Groove, Emma Hunton, Tituss Burgess, Donnie Kehr, Lena Hall, Tony Vincent, Cheryl Freeman, Steve Gouveia, John Arthur Greene, Preston Truman Boyd, Eric Michael Krop, Michael Lanning, Sarah Schmidt, Jeremy Schonfeld, Andrew Berlin, Sarah Grace, Aisha Jackson, Greg Kamp, Megan Rice, Rebecca Covington, Dionne Figgins, Jawan M. Jackson, Mykal Kilgore, Krisha Marcano, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nagar and Donald Webber Jr.
Kehr, who appeared in the 1993 rock musical The Who's Tommy, created the event that supports various charities. The concert benefits the ASCAP Foundation's Children Will Listen Program, The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The organization has raised over $300,000 since its founding 20 years ago.
Tony Award-winning songwriter Pete Townshend and Tony-winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys; Fetch Clay, Make Man) were honored as "two visionaries who broke new artistic ground while bridging the gap between Rock & Roll and Broadway."
The performers were backed by a full band and performed numbers from the event's first two decades. The evening promised special performances by Micky Dolenz and honoree 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."