Mark Baker, Katherine & Kimberly Corp and More Set for HDSA's 2013 CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE Today
The Huntington's Disease Society of America ~ Greater New York Chapter (HDSA) hosts its seventh annual CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE: A Broadway Holiday Concert, a celebration of life featuring songs by Broadway's greatest songwriters as well as holiday favorites, today, December 9, 2013.
The benefit takes place at NYIT Auditorium in Manhattan. Festivities will include a Cocktail Party at 6:30pm, with the Performance at 7:30pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to chat with the stars before the show at a cocktail hour meet & greet. All proceeds will benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America ~ Greater New York Chapter.
The concert, featuring songs by Broadway's greatest songwriters as well as holiday favorites, will star Tony Award nominee Mark Baker [Candide, Grand Hotel], Anna Bergman [A Little Night Music at The Kennedy Center], Katherine & Kimberly Corp [Radio City Music Hall Rockettes], Dan DeLuca [Stephen Schwartz' Snapshots], Carole Demas [Grease, PBS' "The Magic Garden"], Liam Forde [2013 Bistro Award Winner], Josh Franklin [Anything Goes, Grease, Legally Blonde], MeLinda Hopkins, Laura Kenyon [Nine, Man of La Mancha, On the Town], Ilene Kristen [Grease, "One Life To Live," "General Hospital"], Heather MacRae [A Catered Affair, Falsettoland, Hair], Karen Oberlin [Rent, Bistro & MAC Awards], Theatre World Award-winner Sarah Rice [Sweeney Todd], Jana Robbins [Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife], cabaret legend Steve Ross [Present Laughter], Ingrid Saxon [From Rags to Riches], Zachary Stains, Tony Award nominee Jane Summerhays [Me and My Girl, Noises Off, Sugar Babies], Tony Award nominee & Theatre World Award-winner Walter Willison [Two By Two, Pippin, Grand Hotel] & Sheila Wormer, with a special appearance by The Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company choreographed by Alee Reed.
The event will be written & directed by Walter Willison, choreography by Lawrence Leritz [Fiddler on the Roof, Fonteyn & Nureyev On Broadway], musical supervision & special vocal arrangements by Liam Forde & sound design by Stuart J. Allyn.
CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE was the idea of Jacey, a teenager from Michigan with Juvenile Huntington's disease. Jacey's dream is "to see the lights of Broadway" & have a Broadway celebrity event to create awareness & raise funds to find a cure for this fatal disease. The HDSA New York Chapter granted Jacey's wish & in 2007. CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE continues to honor Jacey & her dream by bringing together the best of Broadway & New York's top cabaret performers in this annual event. As in past years, HDSA NYC expresses its gratitude to the Broadway community for the kindness & generosity of those who sponsor & put together this grand benefit show.
Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, wife of folk legend Woody Guthrie who lost his battle with Huntington's Disease, HDSA is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD, working tirelessly to provide family services, education, advocacy & research to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow for the more than 30,000 people in the United States who are currently diagnosed with HD & over 250,000 who are at risk. HD is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral & physical control & slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk & reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 & 50 years of age, but cases of juvenile HD have been diagnosed in children as young as two. Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. They have yet to find the cure. The Society is comprised of 54 local chapters & affiliates across the country with its headquarters in New York City. To learn more about Huntington's disease & to get involved in HDSA, visit www.hdsa.org or call 1-800-345-HDSA.