Laura Benanti, Jill Paice, Robin De Jesus, Telly Leung, Stephen Wallem, Joyce DiDonato and More Offer Broadway Battles Bullying Concert
In addition to Benanti (Most Happy Fella, Gypsy, Women on the Verge), De Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles), Leung (Godspell, "Glee"), Buonopane (Cinderella, "30 Rock") and Kilgore (Motown, Hair), the concert featured Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde), Lauren Worsham (Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Jill Paice (Matilda), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Aidan Gemme (Waiting for Godot, Mary Poppins), Jennifer Laura Thompson (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Wicked, Urinetown), Joe Iconis and Family ("Smash," Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits), Karen Mason (Wonderland), Anastacia McCleskey (Violet, The Book of Mormon, Hair), Mariand Torres (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Jake Lucas (Newsies), Sydney Lucas (Fun Home), Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie"), Leslie Henstock (Company), Julia Burrows (Greed) and Metropolitan Opera star Joyce DiDonato.
Shakina Nayfack hosted the 7 PM evening of song.
The benefit and the foundation it supports were created following the attempted suicide of 11-year-old North Carolina student Michael Morones, who was severely bullied by his fellow classmates for his love of the My Little Pony television series. Morones, who attempted to hang himself, was found in time to save his life, but is currently undergoing intensive rehab due to the severity of the brain damage he sustained. He will need ongoing managed care for the rest of his life.
The mission of the Michael Morones Foundation is to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying.
To learn how to donate to the Michael Morones Foundation, visit michaelmorones.org.