Sparkle Benefit Concert, With Norm Lewis, Harvey Fierstein, Lorna Luft and More, Held Dec. 17 in NYC
By Michael Gioia
Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert makes its New York City debut at XL Cabaret Dec. 17 at 7:30 PM. Proceeds from the evening benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund.
Following three years of the annual concert in Palm Springs, CA, producer and host Scott Nevins brings Sparkle to NYC.
Performers at the event include Lorna Luft (Promises, Promises), Constantine Rousouli (Ghost, Hairspray) and Kate Rockwell (Bring It On), Tony Award nominees Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess) and Robin De Jesus (In The Heights), Milena Govich (Cabaret), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys), Saycon Sengbloh (Wicked), Erin Quill (Avenue Q), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked), The Glamazons ("America's Got Talent"), cabaret artist Anne Steele and international recording artist Kelly King.
The evening also features a special reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray).
"I have always wanted to bring Sparkle to New York City," said producer and host Nevins, "and after hearing about the special outreach work that The Actors Fund is doing with victims of Hurricane Sandy, it felt like it was the perfect fit and the right time to do this. It's my own little way of helping my hometown recover while celebrating the spirit of the season."
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone — performers and those behind the scenes — who works in performing arts and entertainment, including more than 12,800 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. For more information, visit ActorsFund.org.
XL Cabaret Theater is located ay 512 W. 42nd street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). For more information and tickets, visit XLCabaret.com.
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