Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party

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For Photos from the concert, click here.

SANTA ANA, CA—On Saturday, October 24, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, threw a star-studded benefit concert that showcased unforgettable performances by some of the hottest talents on Broadway. The concert, BROADWAY WISHES, took place at the beautiful OC Pavilion Performing Arts Theater located in Santa Ana,CA.

The one-night-only concert featured an unprecedented cast roster of star after star: Tony® nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Wicked), Laura Osnes (Grease, South Pacific, upcoming Bonnie and Clyde), Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jeckyll & Hyde), Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Miss Saigon), Tim Howar (Rent, Tonight's The Night), and Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn, Rent). The concert featured Espinosa and Hilty reuniting for the first time on the same stage since L.A.'s stand-alone production of Wicked closed in January. (Stephen Tewksbury was also scheduled to appear but was unable to perform; Bundy joined the cast in his absence).

The night's festivities were hosted by Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde, La Cage Aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie). Leading the orchestra and occasionally stepping center stage from behind the piano with some hilarious anecdotes (and "live" versions of his deconstruction series) was co-host Seth Rudetsky. His own fiancé, James Wesley, also performed a show-stopper during the show's first act.

"Presenting a show of this caliber is a first for us and we couldn't be more excited to share this evening of entertainment with our Make-A-Wish supporters," stated Mark Pilon, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire chapter. Pilon expressed that, all told, the event hopes to raise at least $15,000 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. He was especially proud working alongside the concert's executive producer Robert Krueger, who helped lure the night's line-up of A-list Broadway talent. "I hope we do this every year, and I think we will," adds Pilon.

One of the many kids that benefitted from the foundation's mission is 14-year-old Taylor Carol, who got his wish granted at the concert, performing "This Is The Moment" from Frank Wildhorn's musical Jeckyll & Hyde. Carol's wish also included a chance to get voice lessons from voice coach Seth Riggs and record three songs at a studio for a CD. The young performer signed copies of his EP for patrons at the event. "This is totally a dream come true," expressed Carol at the VIP after-party at the Vault Lounge.

The stars were all proud and excited to be part of such an amazing event and are looking forward to their upcoming projects. Osnes drove up from rehearsals at the La Jolla Playhouse to perform a song from her upcoming production of Frank Wildhorn's new musical Bonnie and Clyde. Hilty continues her voice-over work for various animated shows and plans to be in a production at Reprise! with Jason Alexander. Bundy is busy putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, which she described as "not your typical country album," to be released through Universal Records, and is excited to shoot her very first music video next week.

For more information on the Make-A-Wish foundation of the OC/IE, visit www.wishocie.org.

Photos by Michael Lawrence Quintos.

AFTER-PARTY PHOTOS:

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Broadway Wishes 2009 in Santa Ana, CA

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Wish recepient Taylor Carol, Laura Bell Bundy

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Jack Plotnick, Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Wish recepient Taylor Carol, Laura Bell Bundy, Paul Canaan

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Laura Bell Bundy, Make-A-Wish's Mark Pilon, James Wesley, Seth Rudetsky, Tim Howar, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty, Eden Espinosa, with Paul Canaan

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
The cast gathers for a final thank you from event organizers.

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
A demonstration from Laura Bell Bundy and Paul Canaan

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
A demonstration from Laura Bell Bundy and Paul Canaan

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Make-A-Wish OC/IE CEO Mark Pilon thanks the cast

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Kate Shindle, Norm Lewis, Laura Osnes, Megan Hilty (hidden), Eden Espinosa

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Make-A-Wish's Mark Pilon, James Wesley, Tim Howar, Seth Rudetsky

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Tim Howar, Norm Lewis (hidden), Kate Shindle, Megan Hilty, Laura Osnes, Eden Espinosa

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Megan Hilty, Eden Espinosa, Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
BroadwayWorld's Michael Lawrence Quintos with Laura Bell Bundy

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Paul Canaan, Tim Howar

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley

Photo Coverage: 2009 'BROADWAY WISHES' Benefit Concert After-Party
Signed 'Wishbills' from the cast

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Michael L. Quintos Michael Lawrence Quintos is a quiet, mild-mannered Art Director by day. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Counter-Tenor soloist, actor, and dancer for The Men Alive Chorus since 2002. He's sung everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various school musical productions and a couple of nationally-televised programs. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various entertainment company clients, while spending his free time watching or performing in shows.

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