Telly Leung, Hannah Elless and More Set for 'WE'LL TAKE MANHATTAN' Benefit to Support Operation Smile, 6/10
For one night only producer Caleb Ryan and friends are reviving the timeless music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart to raise money for Operation Smile as part of a new Broadway charitable initiative 'A Broadway Smile'
The lights are being kept open at New World Stages, home of tony winner Avenue Q and the Gazillion Bubble show Off-Broadway to make way for some of Broadways newest and upcoming stars.
The gala concert itself brought to you by PLATINUM SPONSOR will feature the vocal talent of Broadway's own Hannah Elless (Godspell; Mamma Mia; The Other Josh Cohen), Laura Dreyfuss (Once; Hair; What's It All About), Trevor McQueen (Annie Get Your Gun) and Telly Leung (Glee; Rent; Godspell; Flower Drum Song; Wicked). Starring PENTATONIX singer Kirstie Maldonado (Winner of NBC's the Sing Off) with Jeremy Lewis from the acoUstiKats (Season 4 NBC's The Sing Off). Joining them on stage are Morgan Reynolds (The Full Monty; Life Could be a Dream, CA cast) from California and director Caleb Ryan (One Merry Little Night) himself.
Joining these beautiful voices on stage are the instrumental talents of Bryan Carter (MD, Arranger, Drums) (Juilliard Alumni, Kurt Elling, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Michael Feinstein) and his band. Carter will be arranging the music using the experience he gained as a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard school of music and following recent tours with Gramy Award winners Kurt Elling and performances with Winton Marsalis while also performing frequently at Dizzy's Jazz at Lincoln Centre.
Director Caleb Ryan has successfully directed two showcase evenings while studying full time at the Lee Strasberg Institute. The first being a Christmas Show Off-Broadway in Dec 2013 titled 'One Merry Little Night' and the second an evening of talented singers that performed at the newly renovated West End Cabaret Lounge as part of his 'Crystal Method' cabaret show in February. He is a three-time national award recipient for his performances at the Big Sing competitions in New Zealand, his home country, and has toured singing professionally in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
All money raised on the night will be donated to help the children of Operation Smile. A charitable organization that helps bring smiles to children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and facial deformities all over the world giving them, their families better lives. Helping out children born in societies where without the help of Operation Smile if they survived their first birthday would live subjected and shunned in their communities unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile.
Following the gala will be a champagne industry meet and greet for invited guests from the fashion and Broadway industries to meet and socialize.
Tickets go on sale for the Gala Performance on the 21st April and are available through Telecharge - tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 239 6200 or visiting telecharge.com 24 hours a day. You can also buy tickets by visiting the box office at New World Stages.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski