Broadway Unleashed Concert to Feature McLane, Leavel, Lewis, McGillin, Hoty and More
By Andrew Gans
Mamma Mia! star Judy McLane has organized an evening to benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
Entitled Broadway Unleashed, the May 17 concert will be held at Backstage at Trattoria DopoTeatro on West 44th Street.
The 8:30 PM performance is currently scheduled to boast the talents of Beth Leavel, Everett Bradley, Robert Creighton, Malcolm Gets, Darius de Haas, Dale Hensley, Gina Ferrall, Dee Hoty, Norm Lewis, Rosemary Loar, Olga Merediz, Howard McGillin and Judy McLane.
Special guests include Tony winners Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera; Peters will speak at the event, and Rivera will be among those having dinner with the VIP ticket buyers.
David Holcenberg is the musical director.
A silent auction on eBay will also help raise funds for the organization. Enter Broadway Unleashed on eBay between April 26 and May 20 to bid on items.
The event is coproduced with Badway on Broadway and Michael Alden.
Backstage at Trattoria DopoTeatro is located in Manhattan at 125 West 44th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Tickets are priced $100 (drinks and hors d'oeuvres at 8 PM plus concert) and $200 (dinner and drinks with the stars of the show at 7 PM plus performance). To purchase tickets or to donate, go to www.broadway-unleashed.ticketleap.com or call (877) 849-5327.
The Sean Casey Animal Rescue mission statement: "The purpose of this endeavor is to aid unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life. We take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters and other public organizations. These animals are cared for, and /or rehabilitated to the best of our ability and means until which they can be found healthy, happy homes – whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators."
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