BroadwayWorld.com Celebrates 10th Anniversary Tonight with Two SOLD-OUT Concerts - And You Can Join Us LIVE!
Then, the real work began.
I think that I can honestly say that we have a stunning line-up of talent, coming together to celebrate the anniversary of BroadwayWorld.com, and benefiting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
We wouldn't have made it this far without your (the fans') constant support, as we built up our brand over these past 10 years and, although I know that you all can't be with us in New York City tonight, we know that you will be all here in spirit, and we will be raising a glass in your honor.
Now, some VERY EXCITING NEWS. If all goes to plan, Joe's Pub will be streaming the 9:30 show live over the web at: http://www.broadwayworld.com/ozlive So, we hope that you can tune in and join in the excitement of all things OZ.
I wanted to share with you as well, a brief note that appears, from me, in this evening's program:
Like most careers, some things simply can't be planned or foreseen. Back in my days at Syracuse University, I had my earliest theatregoing experiences. The one that most knocked me out, was hearing Michael Crawford in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I quickly researched his career and, in my naiveté, decided to build a fan site in tribute (not too geeky!). Shortly thereafter, I heard from Mr. Crawford's charitable fan association, threatening me for violating numerous copyright laws and demanding the site's immediate removal from the Internet. My response was simply, "Don't threaten me, hire me." And the rest, as they say, is history. Of special note: That same Charitable Fan Association has since raised over $1 million for children's charities, that Mr. Crawford supports and are well-worth checking out at www.mcifa.com.
Fast forward to 2003, and that passion for theatre gave way to the creation of BroadwayWorld.com. Now, here we are, 10 years later. So many stories, so much drama, so much joy and...so much growth! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by returning to Joe's Pub at The Public Theater and supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The bedrock of BroadwayWorld.com was/is Broadway, and, over the years, with the best staff on the planet, we have expanded to cover all areas of live performing and other entertainment across the globe, and have the pleasure of serving more than 50 million readers a year!
But, the core community is still those 12 blocks of concrete that house the most famous theatres in the world. There is only ONE Broadway and our ongoing ties with BC/EFA, is one of the things of which we're most proud because Broadway is one of the most generous communities, taking care of their own. Big special thanks to Richard Jay-Alexander, Marybeth Abel, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and the rest of tonight's team for helping us kick off this special series in the best way possible.
Thank you all for coming tonight and for your ongoing support, and here's to the next 10 years!
CEO / BroadwayWorld.com
The talented cast, which includes (in alphabetical order): Sierra Boggess, Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields, Jennifer Diamond, Kurt Domoney, Samia Finnerty, Mandy Gonzalez, Olivia Hardy, Roslyn Kind, Norm Lewis, Andrea McArdle, Kathy Najimy, Ken Page, Richard Ridge, Natalie Toro, Michael Urie and Josh Walden...plus special appearances by Jimmy Coogan, Luke Mannikus, Mitchell Sink and Nicky Torchia, will be celebrating BroadwayWorld.com's Anniversary and all things OZ, as they perform material and entertain from L. Frank Baum's delicious THE WIZARD OF OZ and all characters and incarnations, which would include WICKED, THE WIZ, all things that have to do with the Ruby Red Slippers... and even some Andrew Lloyd Webber. And, as they say in THE WIZARD OF OZ, "THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME"!!!