American in Paris Star Performs in Breathless on Broadway Benefit Tonight

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The June 6 Sardi's event is raising money to fight Pulmonary Hypertension.
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American in Paris star Max von Essen performs at the second annual benefit concert Breathless on Broadway June 6 to raise money in the fight against the disease Pulmonary Hypertension (PH).

Taking place at Sardi's theatrical restaurant in New York, Breathless on Broadway also includes performances by Giuseppe Bausillo (Cats, Aladdin, Newsies, Billy Elliot), Michael Lanning (Bonnie & Clyde, Civil War), Zachary Sayle (Newsies national tour) and Liv Rand. The benefit evening includes a red carpet, dinner and the show and is co-hosted by Zach Rand (Les Miserables, Mary Poppins) and TV and radio personality Jeffrey Hayzlett.

The evening includes a performance by the a cappella group Switch. The benefit features a silent auction with prizes, including dinner for two, tickets to a Broadway show and more.

Event organizers described PH as “a rare, chronic illness of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure. PH patients experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue. While there’s currently no cure, there are now 14 FDA-approved therapies available to help patients live better lives. Without treatment, the survival rate is only 2.8 years.”

“Broadway (and Sardi's) are normally dark on Mondays, but not on June 6. That Monday night will be all about raising awareness for an incurable disease, to honor those who live with Pulmonary Hypertension and remember those who have died from the disease,” said Hayzlett. “I am honored to co-host the evening’s festivities with Zach Rand so that others affected by the disease have a chance at a better life.”

Breathless on Broadway includes red carpet arrivals beginning at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and entertainment at 7 PM. Tickets cost $150. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. For additional information, visit

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