Buckley, Panaro and More Join Broadway for Medicine Benefit

Betty Buckley (Cats, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Kate Burton (Hedda Gabler, The Constant Wife), Hugh Panaro (Lestat), Lisa Vroman (The Phantom of the Opera), and Josh Strickland, Jenn Gambatese and Chester Gregory II (Tarzan), have joined the upcoming gala concert Broadway for Medicine, featuring the best of Broadway coming together on one stage to benefit children with craniofacial differences, presented by The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction (NFFR) www.nffr.org. The event will take place on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM, beginning at New York City Center for the performance followed by a dinner and live auction at Mandarin Oriental.

The night will include a celebration of sensational Broadway songs under the artistic direction of Carl Andress (A Wonderful Life, Shanghai Moon) and music direction of Grammy and Emmy-award winner John McDaniel (The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Brooklyn – the Musical), who will conduct a 22-piece onstage orchestra. This star-studded concert will feature performances by Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Malcolm Gets (Amour), Deborah Gibson (Beauty and the Beast), Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods), Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins' Broadway), Julie Halston (Hairspray), Mimi Hines (Encores! Follies), Judy Kuhn (Les Miserables), Andrea McArdle, (Annie), Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), and Rosie's Broadway Kids plus many more!*

The Honorees for the evening will be Valery Gergiev, David Parsons and Ermenegildo Zegna. The outstanding success of the past three NFFR "Arts for Medicine" events could not have been achieved without their creativity, dedication and hard work.

* Performers and program subject to change

Concert Performance Tickets
$25-$120 seats at New York City Center available through CityTix: 212.581.1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org

Benefit Tickets
Tickets start at $1,000 for performance and dinner or $250 for the performance only. Tables start at $10,000 and Sponsorship options are available. Call 212.263.6656 or email events@nffr.org.

About NFFR
Since its inception in 1951, the mission of the NFFR has been to enable children with craniofacial deformities to receive the surgery they need in order to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. In 1955, the NFFR founded the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (IRPS) at NYU Medical Center in New York City, which has become one of the most innovative craniofacial centers in the world for research, education and patient care. Over 1,000 children are diagnosed and treated at the IRPS every year, regardless of the severity of their condition or their families' ability to afford medical care. This is achieved both through NFFR funding and through the generosity of the Institute doctors, who provide free appointments, surgeries and follow-up treatment. More than 55,000 patients have been treated in the past 50 years.

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