Photo Flash: Michael Campayno, Rachelle Rak, James Whiteside and More Perform at HERO Awards
The HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) presented, in association with Stage 48, "The Fourth Annual Broadway and Ballet, HERO Awards" to benefit HERO, an organization that helps newly diagnosed and people living with HIV/AIDS. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos from the event, which featured ABT star James Whiteside, Broadway legend Rachelle Rak, Broadway star Michael Campayno and more!
The awards are given to those organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community. The event screened short tribute videos highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees and organizations, and featured many stellar performances by Broadway and the ballet world's finest.
The evening also featured performances from Olympic gold medalist Ioannis Melissanidis, Cassandra Trenary (ABT Soloist), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Sean Stewart(American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Jose Sebastian (American Ballet Theatre), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Ajkun Ballet Company), Cristy Candler (Rock of Ages, Chicago), Georgina Pazcoguin (New York City Ballet Soloist), Ask la Cour (New York City Ballet Principal), Chris Messina (Jersey Boys, A Bronx Tale), Rachel Schur (Jersey Boys), Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked), Neil Starkenberg (Mamma Mia), Travis Nesbitt (Alter Boys), Seeley Stephens (American Idol Finalist), Evan Lacombe (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular), special performances by soloists Gabrielle Salvatto and Chelsea Keefer from Ballet West (artists appearing courtesy of Ballet West), and The Boy Band Project, the dance department of Pace University, featuring Kadin Mestas, Shannon Weir, and Taylor Rosenberger, with an opening number choreographed by Madeline Rodrigue.
For more information, visit www.hivhero.org.
James Whiteside Award
Rachelle Rak Award