Nikki M. James, Julie White, Aaron Lazar, Orfeh, Jenna Ushkowitz Among Lineup for Born for Broadway Benefit
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) and Tony Goldwyn (Promises, Promises) will host the third annual Born for Broadway benefit May 21, which was recently declared "Born for Broadway Day" in the borough of Manhattan by borough president Scott Stringer.
The 8 PM event will be held at the American Airlines Theatre (current home of Broadway's Don't Dress For Dinner), where deputy Manhattan borough president Rosemonde Pierre-Louis will present a proclamation to Born for Broadway executive producer Sarah Galli.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), the evening will feature performances from Tony winner James Naughton (Chicago), Richard Kind ("Mad About You"), "Glee" star Jenna Ushkowitz, Book of Mormon Tony winner Nikki M. James, Tony nominee Malcolm Gets (Amour), "NewsRadio" star Vicki Lewis, Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music).
The evening will also feature Adrian Bailey, Ali Stroker, Andy Karl, Ben Cook, Carmen Ruby Floyd Callaway, Carole Lasser, Chris Pinnella, Christiane Andreas, Christiane Noll, Drew Gehling, Emma Hunton, Graham Rowat, Jamie Laverdiere, Jenny Powers, Jesse Ruben, Jim Brochu, Marianne Tatum, Richard B. Watson, Robert Petkoff, Ron Bohmer and Steve Rosen. Lawrence Yurman (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Grey Gardens) will serve as musical director.
Born for Broadway was created nine years ago as a student-sponsored cabaret at Marymount Manhattan College, where founder and executive producer Galli was enrolled as a performance major. Galli created the show after her brother, Jeff, suffered a spinal cord injury in 1998. The evening benefits the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
The American Airlines Theatre is located at 227 West 42nd Street. For more information and tickets, visit BornForBroadway.com.
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