Josh Groban to be Honored at Only Make Believe Gala

Benefits and Galas   Josh Groban to be Honored at Only Make Believe Gala
Lena Hall and Sierra Boggess will be featured at the event, hosted by SNL star Cecily Strong.
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Tony Award winner Lena Hall will join Tony nominees Brad Oscar and Montego Glover, leading lady Sierra Boggess, and other stage and TV stars for Make Believe on Broadway, the November 6 New York City fundraising gala for the Only Make Believe foundation, which creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities.

Josh Groban, Tony-nominated star of the recent Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, will be honored with the Sir Ian McKellen Award for his work in philanthropy and activism. He will be joined by the newly added Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Olivier Award nominee Jon Jon Briones, and Frozen star Greg Hildreth.

Cecily Strong, a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, will host the event at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre on West 45th Street in Manhattan.

Previously announced guests include Emmy Award winner Thomas Roberts (MSNBC Live), Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos), and Siobhan Dillon (Sunset Boulevard); most of the guests will sing numbers to be announced in the coming weeks.

The gala will be co-directed by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!), with musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello.

The Only Make Believe (OMB) mission statement says they are dedicated to “the principle that freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.” OMB has served more than 52,000 children since 1999 and has performed in more than 55 hospitals and care facilities in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas.

Priced at $75 to $500, tickets for the event can be purchased online, or by calling (656) 336-1500.

Sierra Boggess is scheduled to be a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, and Carmen Cusack.

Cabins are still available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, 2017, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Laura Osnes, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky.

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