Annaleigh Ashford, Aaron Lazar & More Join BORN FOR BROADWAY 4, 9/30
Peter Scolari (TV- "Girls," "Bosom Buddies," Broadway- "Lucky Guy"); Annaleigh Ashford (Tony nom, "Kinky Boots"), Karen Akers (2 time Tony nom, original casts of "Nine" and "Grand Hotel"), Aaron Lazar ("Mamma Mia," "Les Miserables"), John Tartaglia (Tony nom, "Avenue Q"),Howard McGillin (longest running Phantom in history, 2 time Tony nominee, "Drood" and "Anything Goes"), Ali Stroker (Glee Project/Glee) and others have join the cast of BORN FOR BROADWAY, the fourth annual celebrity cabaret, featuring Broadway and TV stars donating their time and talent to raise money for paralysis-based organizations has been announced. The evening will take place at 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, on Monday September 30, 2013. Doors will open to the public at 8:45 PM with a 9:30 PM curtain. Hosts and full talent will be announced in the weeks ahead. www.bornforbroadway.com
The full cast of BORN FOR BROADWAY includes Aaron Lazar, Adrian Bailey ("The Little Mermaid"), Ali Stroker, Andrew Samonsky ("South Pacific"), Annaleigh Ashford, Annie Funke ("If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet"), Betsy Wolfe ("The Last Five Years"), Carmen Ruby Floyd ("After Midnight," "Porgy and Bess"), Carole Lasser, Chris Pinnella (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Graham Rowat ("Mamma Mia"), Howard McGillin, Jim Brochu (Drama Desk winner, Zero Hour"), John Tartaglia, Karen Akers, Kathleen Monteleone ("Hands On A Hardbody"), Marissa Perry ("Sister Act," "Hairspray") Peter Scolari, Steve Rosen ("Peter and the Starcatcher"), Timothy McDevitt ("Carousel" at Lincoln Center).
BORN FOR BROADWAY was created ten years ago as a student sponsored cabaret at Marymount Manhattan College, where Founder & Executive Producer Sarah Galli was enrolled as a performance major. Sarah created the show as a way to give back after her brother, Jeff, suffered a spinal cord injury in 1998 in a diving accident.
BORN FOR BROADWAY's mission is to engage college campuses across the nation in raising funds for paralysis related organizations. By engaging young artists and producers in this philanthropic commitment, students have an opportunity to produce their own musical theatre production, while using their time and talent for a greater cause. The annual Broadway gala showcases the performances of both established performers as well as emerging talent.
All funds contributed from college productions and the gala benefit research and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, through both national and grassroots non-profit organizations.
Out of its humble beginnings on a college stage, BORN FOR BROADWAY has evolved into a renowned annual musical cabaret that brings together advocates, Broadway stars, elected officials, and the public, all to benefit paralysis related causes.