Photo Flash: Sardi's Hosts 4th Annual BREATHLESS ON BROADWAY
On Monday, June 4th, 2018, Zach Rand, (Mary Poppins, Les Mis) Hosts Breathless on Broadway in honor of his sister Chloe with many popular and talented Broadway performers will shine a light on Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) at the 4th annual breathless on Broadway benefit at Sardi's Restaurant, 234 West 44th Street, NYC.
For one night, some of Broadway's favorites, including Ryan Silverman (Side Show, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Cry Baby), T. Oliver Reid (Tony nominated Once On This Island, Disney's Mary Poppins, Follies, Kiss Me Kate), ), Kevin Massey(A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis: A New Musical, Tarzan), Maria Briggs (Tony nominated Disney's Frozen, Hello Dolly!, Cats), Carol Angeli (Tony nominated Broadway Revival of Miss Saigon, Off Broadway: Here Lies Love, National Tours: Disney's Mary Poppins, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Zachary Sayle (National Tour: Newsies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, International Tour: Sound of Music, World Premiere: A Christmas Story The Musical), Kelsey Fowler (Grey Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George, Disney's Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde The Musical), Travis Ward-Osborne (Miss Saigon, Holiday Inn, Disney's Alladin), Laurissa Romain (South Pacific, Chris Rock's Film "Top Five"), Katie Micha (Gypsy, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Billy Elliot National Tour), Samantha Blaire Cutler (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Off Broadway: Zürich, National Tour: Billy Elliot the Musical), Maia Katz, Liv Rand and Ava Rand and Maddie Glass will help phaware global association® raise awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), a rare disease that currently has no cure but can be managed with proper care and treatment.
The benefit evening included a Red Carpet, dinner and the show.
The benefit also featured an auction in which guests had a chance to win one of a kind artwork by New York Times Best selling artist John Stanisci whose clients include: Marvel Comics, DC Comics among others. A custom designed exclusive piece will be produced for the highest bidder. Broadway show packages will also be auctioned.
Broadway's Zach Rand (Les Misérables & Disney's Mary Poppins, World Premieres: A Christmas Story The Musical, Bonnie & Clyde The Musical, National Tours: Disney's Mary Poppins, Radio City Christmas Spectacular) will co-host the event with his siblings Liv, Ava and Elijah in honor of their sister Chloë.
Broadway (and Sardi's) are normally dark on Mondays, but not on June 4th. That Monday night will be all about raising awareness for an incurable disease, to honor those who live with Pulmonary Hypertension and remember those who have died from the disease.
"My family and I are honored to be hosting this event to raise awareness for a very personal cause. And while my sister Chloë isn't here to witness this, we continue our fight for the many other families affected by Pulmonary Hypertension. We are excited to honor our dear friend Diane Colavito, RN who represents all nurses who work tirelessly to care for the sick and, without whom, my sister Chloë's life would have been much shorter. I am thrilled to welcome my talented Broadway colleagues who will perform to help raise awareness for the disease that has affected many like Broadway legend Phyllis Newman and singer Natalie Cole," said Zach Rand. "All proceeds will go to phaware global association® the non-profit co-founded by my mom with partners Steve Van Wormer and John Hess and will be used in the development of technology for PH research."
"The idea for breathless on Broadway began in the car driving home one night when Zach was appearing in Les Miserables on Broadway. He asked if someday his voice would be big enough to help other people. He was nine years old. Just before Zach's eighteenth birthday, the first breathless on Broadway happened. We are grateful breathless on Broadway is generously sponsored by Actelion - A Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson, Bellerophon Therapeutics and Men's Warehouse," said Marie Mascia-Rand.
Breathless on Broadway will include a Red Carpet beginning at 5:30PM, followed by dinner and entertainment at 6:30PM. Tickets are $200.
The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. For additional information, visit: www.breathlessonbroadway.com
Rachel Abraham speaking about what it means to live with Pulimonary Hypertension
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