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Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!

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On November 5, host Christopher Meloni welcomed celebrities, Broadway greats, philanthropy influencers and the New York elite to celebrate Make Believe on Broadway. The evening showcased Broadway and Hollywood's brightest stars as they unite in a benefit performance on behalf of Only Make Believe, a non-profit that brings the magic of theater to children in hospitals and care facilities. Limited tickets are available for purchase here: http://onlymakebelievegala.com

BroadwayWorld was there for last night's event and we bring you full coverage below!

Special guests included Matthew Broderick, David Bryan, Chevonne (Season 3 of The Voice- Team Ceelo), Seth Rudetsky, New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Broadway Kids Care, Norm Lewis (Tony Nominated for Porgy and Bess) Ashley Brown (Original Mary Poppins), Derrick Baskin (Memphis, Little Mermaid, Spelling Bee), John Eric Parker (Book of Mormon, Memphis), Antoine L. Smith (Memphis ), Ken Robinson (Memphis), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On, Dreamgirls) Moya Angela (Ghost, Lion King, Dreamgirls), Alysha Umphress (Priscilla, American Idiot, On a Clear Day), Stephanie Gibson (Addams Family, Spamalot, upcoming Cinderella), Marla Mindelle (Sister Act- upcoming Cinderella), Jay Johnson (Catch Me If You Can, Hair, upcoming Hands on a Hard Body), Jason Michael Snow (Book Of Mormon, South Pacific), Trevon Davis (Porgy and Bess, Dreamgirls)

The Only Make Believe program debuted in October 1999 at Rusk Institute's Pediatric Unit, NYU Langone Medical Center. Dena Hammerstein established Only Make believe in memory of her late husband James (son of Oscar Hammerstein), for his dedication to the theater and her own passionate love for children in need.

Since 1999, this organization has brought interactive theater, performed by professional actors, to over 25,000 children and families in more than 50 hospitals free-of-charge in New York City and Washington D.C. With celebrity support from Jude Law, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz, and Alan Cumming Only Make Believe has brought joy and hope to the hearts of families and children facing hard times.

Only Make Believe's interactive live performances allow children to participate and perform alongside actors, transporting them from a hospital to the enchanting world of make believe. This organization strives to bring the healing power of imagination and laughter to its audience. The concept developed out of Dena's desire to introduce children living with chronic illness and disabilities to the magical world of theater.

For more information, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Broadway Kids

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Dena Hammerstein

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Christopher Meloni

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Adrienne Warren

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Ashley Brown

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Broadway Kids

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Marla Mindelle, Jason Michael Snow, Courtney Reed, Bret Shuford

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Trevon Davis, Moya Angela, Nicholas Christopher

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Autumn Hurlbert

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Stephanie Gibson

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Derrick Baskin, John Eric Parker, Antoine Smith

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Seth Rudetsky

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Only Make Believe Actors

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Only Make Believe Actors

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Wendy Diamond

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
Guy Chiarello

Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!

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Jennifer Broski Jennifer was given her first camera at the age of eight, and has had one in her hand ever since. For the duration of her college career, she was an event photographer--capturing guest speakers, musicians, and performances. She is now a concert and event photographer, taking in all that New York City has to offer for entertainment.


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