MOTOWN's Brandon Victor Dixon Set for Debra Monk's Birthday BC/EFA Benefit, 2/24
Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who's currently starring in the Broadway hit Motown The Musical, will join stage and screen star Debra Monk and several of her other superbly talented friends to celebrate Monk's 65th birthday at a February 24, 2014, rock 'n' roll concert produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
In addition to Dixon, the "totally hot and a little dirty" Debra Monk Birthday Bash (#debrabday) will feature performances by the previously announced Charlotte D'Amboise, Scott Ellis, Victor Garber, Andrea Martin and Ron Rifkin.
The spirited evening of rock and pop hits begins at 8 pm at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street in New York City. Tickets are on sale now. VIP tickets start at $175 and include access to an exclusive post-performance reception with Monk and the cast; performance-only tickets are $95. Tickets can be purchased at broadwaycares.org/debramonk or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268
Monk, a fixture on stage and screen, has been nominated four times for the Tony Award, winning for Featured Actress in a Play for Redwood Curtain. She also was nominated for Picnic, Steel Pier and Curtains. She's appeared in 11 Broadway shows, most recently as Big Mama in the 2013 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She is co-author of the classic Tony-nominated musical Pump Boys and Dinettes and Oil City Symphony.
Monk has been featured in the television series Girls, Reckless, Grey's Anatomy, Damages, Glee, White Collar, Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!, Brothers & Sisters, Ghost Whisperer, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order, Frasier and won the Emmy for her performance as Katie Sipowicz on NYPD Blue. Her TV movie appearances include The Music Man, Eloise at the Plaza, Ellen Foster and Redwood Curtain. Monk's film credits include One for the Money, The Other Woman, The Great Buck Howard, The Savages, The Producers, Center Stage, The Devil's Advocate, In & Out,Extreme Measures, The Bridges of Madison County, Jeffrey, Fearless, Reckless, Mrs. Winterbourne, Bed of Roses, Reaching Home and this fall's This Is Where I Leave You.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org.
Photo by Walter McBride