Broadway Cares Fundraiser Will Celebrate 25 Years Of Disney On Bway

Guest post by Lawrence Pfeil, Jr. of TheOUTFront.com

For three decades, BroadwayCares/EquityFightsAIDS has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic raising over $300 million and supporting more than 450 health organizations.

During that time, Disney Theatrical Productions arrived on Broadway becoming a leading player and champion in their vital work raising more than $18M for the nonprofit.  Nine Broadway productions later, Disney and BC/EFA will share the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre for one night only, on November 4th at 8 pm “Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway.”

The benefit concert, produced in partnership with Disney Theatrical Productions, will feature beloved songs from Aida, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Tarzan and a few surprises along the way. This unforgettable evening is set to feature a star-studded lineup of Broadway favorites to be announced in the coming weeks.

From the BC/EFA website, Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions and executive vice president of Broadway Cares’ Board of Trustees is quoted,

“Broadway Cares rose from a time of crisis and need to become an essential part of the Broadway landscape. It would be hard to imagine our community without the essential resource that is Broadway Cares.

“Direct support to The Actors Fund as well as an extraordinary array of grants to service organizations here at home, around the country and as far away as South Africa, is only possible because of the extraordinary efforts of Broadway Cares working side by side with theatre professionals throughout the Broadway community.

“This special evening allows our Disney on Broadway family to both express our deep thanks and to raise much-needed funds for Broadway Cares.”

Individual tickets start at $100. VIP tickets include a post-performance reception with the stars. The Backstage & Beyond package offers exclusive dress rehearsal access on the day of the show, a backstage tour, dinner with members of the company and the post-performance reception. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Purchase tickets HERE 

Support BC/EFA’s life-changing and lifesaving work HERE

Here are just a few of our favorite moments from 25 years of Disney on Broadway!

From the show that started it all, the OG Beast, Terrence Mann sings “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast:

You know we love a strong black woman who can sang, and Heather Headley’s Tony Award-winning star turn in Aida is a throw down.

Still the pride of Broadway after 22 years, The Lion King has been described “like being in a dream awake.”  But audiences don’t get to see the breathtaking, “Circle of Life” in a full 360 experience like this.

Goosebumps: Standby

Goosebumps: GO

Teaser: Broadway Bares Fire Island 2015

The modern day burlesque Broadway Bares heads back to the Fire Island Pines on May 30th, kicking off the summer season with a sizzling edition of Broadway Bares Fire Island.

Once again, the sexy men and women of Broadway Bares will return to Fire Island Pines, NY, for two performances, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The show will be performed at 7 pm and 9 pm at Whyte Hall’s Brandon Fradd Theater.

Idina Menzel sings Impromptu “Let It Go” for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Idina Menzel sings “Let It Go” with audience members after a performance of IF/THEN

Regular readers of The Randy Report know that my favorite charity is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which I’ve long supported with my time and dollars. Very near and dear to my heart.

Each year in November and December, Broadway shows take part in a six week fundraising period which leads up to the “Gypsy of the Year” competition. During the six weeks before the big “Gypsy of the Year” show, cast members think of whatever creative ways they can to encourage donations after each performance of their respective shows.

How’s this for a one of a kind experience?

Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel, currently starring in the Broadway production of If/Then, offers an impromptu rendition of the “Frozen” hit “Let It Go” as part of a post-curtain fundraiser for BC/EFA.

For more info about BC/EFA, head to the official website.  And if you do plan to make a holiday donation this year, please consider this incredible organization that has led the way for decades in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Broadway: 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Be a part of the biggest day for Broadway fans as the 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returns this fall to Times Square, Shubert Alley and West 44th Street.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, September 21 from 10am-7pm.

Last year, the free-to-the-public, once-a-year outdoor market raised $631,222, bringing the event’s 27-year total to more than $10.3 million.

All the funds raised go to The Randy Report’s favorite charity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The Grand Auction, which includes a series of silent auctions throughout the day culminating in an exciting live auction, features dozens of fascinating lots, including walk-on appearances in Broadway’s biggest hits lunches with Tony Award winners, VIP tickets to Broadway opening nights and musical phrases handwritten by Broadway’s best composers and lyricists.

At the Autograph Table & Photo Booth, hosted once again by the inimitable Jim Caruso, fans have the opportunity to get autographs or pose for pictures with their favorite stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway in exchange for donations to Broadway Cares.

Among those schedule to appear are Tony winners Boyd Gaines, Lena Hall, James Monroe Iglehart, Nikki M. James, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Porter and Alice Ripley, as well as other Broadway favorites including Bryan Batt, Stephanie J. Block, Danny Burstein, Charlotte d’Amboise, Ann Harada, Andy Karl, Lesli Margherita, Constantine Maroulis, Kyle Dean Massey, Josh Radnor, Christopher Sieber and Patrick Wilson.

(via press release)

2014 Broadway Bares Solo Strips Highlights

Ten men and drag queen Kizha Carr raised $16,140 by baring almost all before a capacity crowd at the 2014 edition of Broadway Bares: Solo Strips on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at BPM Nightclub in NYC.

This year’s lineup of Broadway Bares: Solo Strips performers included Callan Bergmann, Joshua Michael Brickman, Anthony Rooar DeCarlis, Todd Hanebrink, Vince Oddo Julius Rubio, Ricky Schroeder, Michael Scirrotto, Dennis Stowe and Ryan Worsing. Hosting the evening was Terren Wooten Clarke as Kizha Carr.


Broadway Bares: Solo Strips is a sexy tease for Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events. This year’s edition, Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!, will feature 150 of New York’s most desirable dancers.

Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! will be held Sunday, June 22, with two performances only at 9:30 pm & Midnight at Hammerstein Ballroom, located in the Manhattan Center at 311 West 34th Street in NYC.

Broadway: Highlights from this year’s Annual Easter Bonnet Competition

The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returned to the Minskoff Theatre on April 21 and 22, with the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed bonnets created especially for the event.

This year’s event raised a record $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway veterans shared the stage with celebrated newcomers, as more than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s most talented performers came together for this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition.


Highlights from 2014 Broadway Backwards

Broadway’s best filled a sold-out Al Hirschfeld Theatre for the ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards on Monday, March 24, 2014, raising a record-breaking $423,182 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Broadway Backwards (#bwaybackwards) is an annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre with performers offering same-sex or reversed gender renditions sung by their favorite Broadway performers. It is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and was presented this year in the historic Hirschfeld Theatre.

Check out many of the performances below:

Michael Berresse and Tony Yazbeck

Cass Morgan and Debra Monk

Jonathan Groff

Kyle Dean Massey and Jose Llana

Rachel Bay Jones and Uzo Aduba

Broadway Bares begins new year with “Winter Burlesque – Calendar Girl”

For the month of April/May: Sidney Erik Wright, Matt Anctil, Patrick Boyd
All photos by Daniel Roberts

The 24th season of Broadway Bares began Sunday raising $32,781 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Take two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber, two-time OutMusic Award winner Matt Zarley and 25 talented, sexy New York dancers and you get “Calendar Girl” – this year’s edition of Winter Burlesque by Broadway Bares.

Watch video highlights below.

Tickets for Broadway Bares 24 are on sale now at BroadwayBares.com and BroadwayCares.org.

Mr. September Matthew Rossoff

Matt Zarley in the finale of Winter Burlesque “Calendar Girl”

Broadway’s “Gypsy of the Year 2013” raises $4.3 million

The 25th anniversary celebration of Gypsy of the Year, the culmination
of six weeks of extraordinary fundraising by 56 participating Broadway,
Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised an amazing
$4,343,234 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The grand total
was announced Tuesday, December 10, at this year’s Gypsy of the Year,
which included an array of original dances, songs and skits performed by
more than 250 “gypsies,” the most talented singers and dancers in the
ensembles of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Since 1989, the 25
editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised a total of $57,277,815 to
benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider BC/EFA for your charitable donations. 

You can check out highlights below.


Chita Rivera raises over $400K in one night for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

A sizzling evening of song and dance honoring and starring theatrical icon Chita Rivera raised a remarkable $413,660 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

A sold-out crowd filled Broadway’s August Wilson
Theatre with applause and six standing ovations throughout
the evening Monday night, as they cheered Rivera, a
Broadway legend who turned 80 earlier this year.

Over two hours onstage and backed by a
15-piece onstage orchestra, Rivera recreated some of her most iconic
performances from 10 of her Broadway musicals including West Side Story,
Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman,The Rink
and Sweet Charity.

An emotional Rivera expressed her gratitude
to the audience saying, “I’ve lost so many of my friends to AIDS, thank
you for coming, for caring, for sharing, for giving, because Broadway
Cares really needs you and we must never forget that.”

Chita: A Legendary Celebration was directed by Graciela Daniele and written by Terrence McNally with music direction byMichael Croiter. The evening was produced by and benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

(via BroadwayWorld)