Broadway's Julie Halston hosted the Third Annual Broadway Belts for PFF! to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Monday night, February 25 at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street) as part of Broadway at Birdland series. All proceeds will benefit The Michael Kuchwara Fund for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, Education, and Advocacy.
BroadwayWorld was there for the special concert and you can check out highlights below!
Directed by Carl Andress
(The Divine Sister
), the evening featured some of Broadway
's best including Tony winners Linda Lavin
and Debbie Gravitte
, along with Emily Bergl
(Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
), Max von Essen
director John McDaniel
, and Robert Creighton
(The Mystery of Edwin Drood
, Anything Goes
). Broadway Belts for PFF!
featured musical direction by Jesse Kissel
, musical arrangements by Ed Windels, script by Ms. Halston and D. Michael Dvorchak
, Trisha Hansen was stage manager, and Sue Frost
) was Co-Producer. In its first two tribute concerts, over $90,000 has been raised for PFF, and have featured surprise appearances by supporters Liza Minnelli
and Joel Grey
All funds will go toward The Michael Kuchwara Fund for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, Education, and Advocacy in honor of the late and beloved Associated Press theater critic and reporter. Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press theater reporter and critic for over 25 years, devoted his life to the theater. In May of 2010, following a brief illness, Kuchwara's untimely passing was linked to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
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