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The 10th Annual Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit celebrates Red Bull Theater's 15th season and honors Ismenia Mendes, Charlayne Woodard, and the Fund for the City of New York with the 2018 Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater. Proceeds from the evening support all of Red Bull Theater's programs, including the upcoming off-Broadway premiere of David Ives's The Metromaniacs, directed by Michael Kahn.
Hosted by Michael Urie and featuring performances by Tony Award winner Judy Kuhn and others, this intimate soirée celebrates another successful Red Bull Theater season and offers an evening of live entertainment, fine dining, and great company. Special guests and presenters include Michael Arad, John Glover, Daniel Sullivan, and Kathleen Chalfant.
On February 27, award-winning violinist Emanuele de Biase will present works from his new project, "Bach to the People," at the Church of the Ascension in New York in support of the Ali Forney Center. The concert will feature three sonatas from Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin — a cornerstone "Bach to the People".
The Ali Forney Center is the largest organization helping LGBTQ homeless youth in the United States. By managing and developing transitional housing, AFC helps approximately 1,400 young people every year, most between the ages of 16 and 24. Named after Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming youth who was murdered in New York in 1997, the Ali Forney Center is located in 15 buildings across the city. In 2017, the Center provided 124 beds a night for homeless LGBT youth. In addition, AFC runs a drop-in center offering a range of services, including help applying for housing, case management, and access to free health care.
The Broadway community comes together once again for Broadway Backwards, an annual celebration of unity, equality, and love through gender-reversed performances of classic show tunes. The star-studded event features performances of quintessential Broadway tunes with a twist: Men sing songs originally intended for women, and vice versa. Artists perform the great songs of musical theater while freeing themselves of the bounds of gender norms. It's a show where gender doesn't matter but love does. This empowering evening, produced by Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
Broadway Bares, the sexy striptease spectacular with hypnotic choreography returns to Hammerstein Ballroom. This annual extravaganza features seductive production numbers from more than 150 of the most talented dancers on Broadway. Directing the show is Nick Kenkel, co-choreographer of Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse, and Laya Barak, an accomplished dancer-choreographer whose work has appeared in the last four incarnations of Broadway Bares.
Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell, then a Broadway dancer, as a way to raise awareness and money for those living with HIV/AIDS. In Broadway Bares's first year, Mitchell and six of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000.
Broadway Belts for PFF! is an annual benefit for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, featuring Broadway stars in an evening of music and comedy. It was started in 2010 by one of PFF's leading advocates nationwide, the Broadway actor and comedian Julie Halston (You Can't Take It With You). This year's concert features an appearance by New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy Award nominee Bernie Williams, whose father died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Also performing are Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Robert Creighton (Frozen), Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda), and others.
The event raises money to fight pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal progressive disease involving scarring in the lungs. Fifty thousand new cases are diagnosed every year. Many people live only two or three years after the diagnosis — there is no known cure.
Atlantic Theater Company's Composers' Choice Gala pays tribute to celebrated composers of the stage with a fabulous evening of unexpected songs. The event honors Orin Wolf, John Styles, and John Hart for their contribution to American musical theater. Planning to celebrate are composers Kirsten Childs, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, and David Yazbek. Also in attendance will be Norbert Leo Butz, Michael Cerveris, Katrina Lenk, and Joan Osborne. Guests can also expect appearances by Blair Brown, Danny Burstein, Rajiv Joseph, Eloise Mumford, Laura Osnes, Mary Beth Peil, John Patrick Shanley, and others. With musical supervision by Matt Gallagher and musical direction by Mat Eisenstein, the gala will include specialty gin cocktails followed by a three-course dinner, a thrilling live auction, and star-studded musical entertainment.
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
The New 42nd Street is honoring J.K. Rowling in absentia with the New Victory Arts Award and hosting a benefit performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre for its annual gala. The event, which includes a strolling supper, provides critical support to the nonprofit's award-winning arts education and youth employment programs. This year, the New 42nd Street celebrates 15 years as the largest provider of live performance and arts education to New York City schools.
The New York Pops honors prolific composer Alan Menken at its 35th birthday gala. The celebratory concert features some of Menken's most beloved compositions, which the New York Pops performs under the music direction of Steven Reineke and with the help of a starry lineup of guest artists. Menken is well known for his musical contributions to works for stage and screen, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Newsies. Following the concert is a black-tie dinner and dance at New York's Mandarin Oriental hotel. Proceeds from this gala will support the New York Pops's PopsEd music education programs.
Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multiethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, celebrates its 49th anniversary with this gala benefit. The event's honorary chair is Tony Award-nominated actor-singer and 2016 Rosie Award winner Norm Lewis. Multi-Tony nominee Brad Oscar presides as master of ceremonies.
The evening begins with a champagne reception and silent auction. Then students of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, Amas's flagship education program, present a sneak peek of their upcoming spring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by No Foolin: A Musical Confection, directed by Stuart Ross and Jonathan Cerullo and featuring award-winning performances by Brenda Braxton, Tina Fabrique, Jeremiah James, N'Kenge, and Aneesh Sheth. The evening culminates in the presentation of the Rosie Award, this year bestowed on Broadway casting director, producer, and director Jay Binder; Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Micki Grant; and Leonid Poretsky, MD, a leading endocrinologist and founder of the Friedman Transgender Health & Wellness Program at Lenox Hill Hospital. A scholarship in the name of Amas founder Rosetta LeNoire will also be given to a college-bound student attending the Amas Teen Academy.
Transport Group's 2018 gala benefit — A Toast to the Artist: Honoring Dick Scanlan — features performances by Brandon Victor Dixon, Harriet Harris, Beth Malone, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Mayer, Sherie Rene Scott, Ali Stroker, Jeanine Tesori, Aaron Weinstein, Betsy Wolfe, and the cast of Whorl Inside a Loop. This event honors the Tony Award-nominated librettist and director Dick Scanlan with the Transporting American Theatre Award.