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NY Couture Fashion Week to Debut 'Broadway Night' with Charity Performances, 2/16

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Theater and fashion will share the spotlight for a special one-night only Broadway-themed fashion collection at this season's New York Couture Fashion Week. The collection will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at The New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

Couture Fashion Week, the premiere couture fashion event in New York City since 2003, will Honor the Great White Way. The audience will be treated to live Broadway musical performances and dance routines during Andres Aquino, fashion designer and Couture Fashion Week producer's newest collection.

The exclusive after party will also feature an array of New York theater's best talent singing from the Broadway songbook as well as current pop hits. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE a non-for-profit charitable organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists and celebrities to promote LGBT equality. All the talent participating are affiliated with Broadway Sings for Pride. This portion of Couture Fashion Week is being produced by Andres Aquino, Broadway Sings for Pride founder Neal B (www.NealB.tv) and Artists Proof Productions.

The Andres Aquino Aquino "First Lady Collection" fashion collection will be shown amid the dazzling list of performers scheduled to appear:

Dan Domenech (Glee, Broadway's Rock of Ages), Trista Dollison (Disney's The Lion King on Broadway & First National Tour), ADAM Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour, Broadway World Best Actor in a Musical Award -Boston Regional), Chondra Profit (Disney's The Lion King on Broadway), Romelda Teron Benjamin (Broadway's Brooklyn, Pre-Broadway's Catch Me If You Can), Noreen Crayton (Rent National Tour, Recording Artist), Ashley Arcement (Grease on Broadway, A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse), ADAM Chandler (Parade and Zorro: The Musical International Tours), Sidney Erik Wright (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes National Tour, Broadway Bares), Elissa Goldstein (NBC Universal's An Affirmative Act) and Rachele Rommes (Minnesota Timberwolves dancer/choreographer).

Entitled "The First Lady Collection", Aquino's designs embody the elegance and sophistication of First Ladies around the world, past and present, who have inspired fashion trends and admiration for their accomplishments as well as their style sense.

The "Broadway Rocks Fashion" after party will follow the show with an array of Broadway stars at EVR lounge. Part of the proceeds will benefit Broadway Sings For Pride Foundation.

It will boast the talents scheduled to perform: Dan Domenech (Glee, Broadway's Rock of Ages), Rachel Filsoof (Oxygen Network's The Next Big Thing, E! Canada), Trista Dollison (Disney's The Lion King on Broadway & First National Tour), MJ Rodriguez (Rent at New World Stages, 2011 Clive Barnes Award Winner), Chondra Profit (Disney's The Lion King on Broadway), Lauren Zakrin (MTV's "Legally Blonde The Musical The Search for Elle Woods, Wicked National Tour), Ashley Arcement (Grease on Broadway, A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse), Romelda Teron Benjamin (Broadway's Brooklyn, Pre-Broadway's Catch Me If You Can), Hansel Tan (Off Broadway's The Ohmies: Morning Wish Garden), Erika Amato (Off Broadway's Signs Of Life, Tuacahn's Hairspray), Jennifer Fouche (Off Broadway's Sistas: The Musical), Michael Munoz (Off Broadway's Naked Boys Singing), Kyle Motsinger (Off Broadway's Fancy Nancy the Musical), Anthony Crouchelli (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer National Tour), Athena Reich (TV Personality/Recording Artist) Bruce Wilson (Rent National Tour, Showtime at the Apollo), ADAM Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour, Broadway World Best Actor in a Musical Award -Boston Regional), ADAM Chandler (Parade and Zorro: The Musical International Tours), Mama and Her Boys cast members Ethan Paulini, Christopher Sidoli & Wendy Watson, Elissa Goldstein (An Affirmative Act), Andres Pratts (NBC Universal's An Affirmative Act,Lady Peacock), Benjamin Torres (The New Jersey State Opera), Maria Ottavia (Cabaret & Concert Artist), Bryan Austermann (Majestic Theater), Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour) and the Bar-Top Bandits, Melissa Monterosso (The Southampton Cultural Center's Company), Neil Rushnock (Silhouette Stages' Avenue Q) and Ceasar Munoz (Charles Strauss' So Big).

Broadway Sings For Pride is an non-for-profit charitable organization, which brings together Broadway talent, activists and celebrities to promote LGBT equality through song. Broadway Sings for Pride has raised thousands for the LGBT community including The Hetrick-Martin Institute and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City. Among some of Broadway Sings for Pride's supporters: Tony award-winner Carol Channing, actor Channing Tatum, Grammy award-winner LeAnn Rimes, Tony nominee ADAM Pascal (Rent), Joy Behar (ABC's The View), singer Lance Bass ('N Sync). For more information, visit: www.BroadwaySingsForPride.com or on Facebook: Broadway Sings For Pride.

Designer and Couture Fashion Week founder's Andres Aquino 2013 womenswear collection, "The First Lady Collection", the designs embody the elegance and sophistication of First Ladies around the world, past and present, who have inspired fashion trends and admiration for their accomplishments as well as their style sense. The collection will be accessorized by exquisite pearl jewelry by Lucoral & Lupearl, an industry leader for over half a century. For the fabrics for "The First Lady Collection", Andres Aquino has teamed up with Mood Designer Fabrics, the largest and most popular fabric source in New York City. The inspired makeup and hair designs for the fashion show will be done by Tarek Abbas for Lancome and Elie Esper Salon and their talented teams, the official makeup and hair stylists for Couture Fashion Week. Couture Fashion Week now entering its 17th season has presented couture and luxury fashion shows multiple times each year in New York City and other selected cities since 2005. Andres Aquino is founder and producer or Couture Fashion Week New York. More information at couturefashionweek.com

"Broadway Night" at New York Couture Fashion Week will take place on February 16, 2013 at 8:00pm-9:00 with an after party to follow at The New Yorker (34th and 8 Avenue). For tickets and more information visit: http://couturefashionweek-ne.eventbrite.com or couturefashionweek.com.

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