Patrick Wilson, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Murney Among Stars Helping Hurricane Victims in Dec. 10 Concert
By Kenneth Jones
City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back, a starry benefit concert to raise funds for New York and New Jersey communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, plays 7:30 PM Dec. 10 at the Gershwin Theatre.
Hosted by Patrick Wilson (Oklahoma!, All My Sons), the show features performances by Broadway's Mario Cantone ("Sex and the City," Assassins), Brian Justin Crum (The Addams Family), Max Crumm (Grease), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies, Bye Bye Birdie), David Hyde Pierce (Curtains), Natalie Joy Johnson (Silence! The Musical), Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal), Julia Murney (Wicked), Eddie Pendergraft (Wicked), Christopher Sieber (La Cage Aux Folles), Steven Skeels (Starlight Express), Marty Thomas (Xanadu) and His Divas, a special appearance by Dana Tyler (WCBS) and more.
The concert is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
Tickets, ranging from $25-$250, are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929.
"Attendees to the event can expect an intimate evening of song and stories from some of Broadway's brightest stars," according to organizers. "Audience members will be able to bid on auction items including tickets to over 20 Broadway shows, a special four-pack Wicked experience including a backstage tour of the Gershwin Theatre and the opportunity to watch Elphaba's 'greening' before the show, three months of personal training at Mark Fisher Fitness and more."
The City of Hope: Broadway Blow Back creative team comprises director-writer Joe Ricci, music director Bryan Perri, music consultant James Lowe and producers Richard H. Blake, Steve Chazaro, Mark Fisher, Michael Keeler, Raymond J. Lee and Betsy Werbel.
The Gershwin Theatre, the home of Wicked, is at 222 W. 51st St.
Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts. The Mayor's Fund retains no administrative fee, and one hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. Funds will support immediate aid needs — including, food, water and hygiene supplies — as well as long-term relief and restoration for victims affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The remaining 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to support relief efforts conducted by the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) founded to honor the life and legacy of Stephen Siller (FDNY), 9/11 hero. Since its inception, the Tunnel To Towers has established "In the Line of Duty" programs for our most severely injured first responders and "Legacy of Love" programs including relief efforts with Hurricane Sandy. One-hundred percent of gross funds raised will immediately be used to provide much-needed resources to those areas hit hardest by the storm in New Jersey and New York. Tunnel to Towers is very proud of the fact that no donations are being spent on overhead, and all hurricane funds are going directly to relief. The Foundation has active relief stations open seven days a week in Red Hook (Brooklyn), Far Rockaway/Long Beach (Long Island) and Staten Island. To learn more, visit TunnelToTowers.org/RELIEF or follow on Twitter @Tunnel2Towers.
For more information, visit BroadwayBlowsBack.com.
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