Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show

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MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation celebrated the Sixth Annual Spring Talent Show: "City of Dreams" on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall last night on April 28. Special hosts included Whoopi Goldberg, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, Mike Dameski who is currently starring as Billy Elliot from Broadway's BILLY ELLIOT, Matthew Modine, Radio City Rockettes and MSG Network Knicks reporter Jill Martin. BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the event.

More than 100 children from 11 of the Foundation's partner organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation, NYU Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Children's Aid Society, Children's Village, and WHEDCo staged over 20 special performances over the course of the evening. This year's show featured a variety of individual and group performances, including dancing, singing and instrumental acts. The NYC-themed event also presented an inspiring opening and finale act showcasing all the participating children.

Each spring, children from various Garden of Dreams partner organizations practice for months to take part in an unforgettable experience. In front of their families and friends, children from the Foundation, which focuses on children in crisis, take the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall and perform with talent, emotion and passion and celebrating their unique voices.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit charity that works closely that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis". Garden of Dreams partners with local children's hospitals, "wish" organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy. For more information, visit www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg and The Rockettes

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg and Guests

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Michael DameskiWhoopi Goldberg , The Rockettes Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Matthew Modine, Michael Dameski, Whoopi Goldberg, The Rockettes and Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Michael Dameski and The Rockettes with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Michael Dameski with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Michael Dameski and The Rockettes with Garden of Dreams Participants
Michael Dameski & The Rockettes

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Strike a Pose!

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Michael Dameski with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Rockette with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Rockette with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Rockette with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Rockette with Garden of Dreams Participants

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Kids Perform in Garden of Dreams Concert

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Kids Perform in Garden of Dreams Concert

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Kids Perform in Garden of Dreams Concert

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Mathew Modine

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
A Garden of Dreams Performer

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels with The Rockettes

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Whoopi Goldberg

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Jill Martin

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Jill Martin

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
Rockettes with a Young Performer

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
A Young Garden of Dreams Performer

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
A Young Garden of Dreams Performer

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show
A Young Garden of Dreams Performer Takes His Bow

Photo Coverage: Whoopi Goldberg Hosts 'Garden of Dreams' Talent Show

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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.


 
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