Spare Some Change Holds Benefit For Obama At New World 8/11

By: Jul. 21, 2008
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Just one week before the Democratic National Convention in Denver, we invite you to join us for an inspiring evening to raise money and consciousness for Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign.   

SPARE SOME CHANGE: NYC ARTISTS FOR BARACK OBAMA will be held at New World Stages on Monday, August 11th at 8 p.m. In keeping with the inclusionary spirit of Senator Obama's revolutionary campaign, artists from all walks of life will take part in the call for change – from subway musicians and soap opera stars to Broadway luminaries.  Currently scheduled:

    * An original song from Oscar-nominee and Grammy Award-winning composer Henry Krieger and Tony-nominated lyricist Bill Russell, sung by Tony Award-winner Lillias White,
    * Appearances from One Life to Live stars Kathy Brier (also of Broadway's Hairspray), Bethann Bonner, and Kamar De Los Reyes,
    * Songs from Andrew Lippa, Sarah Schlesinger & Grammy Award-winner Mike Reid, Georgia Stitt, Sean Keogh, and Kirsten Guenther & Joy Sun,
    * Performances from Broadway's newly infamous Glory Days, the current Public Theater production of HAIR, theater personality Seth Rudetsky, Mamma Mia star Carrie Manolakos, Grease's Lindsay Mendez, and Company's Teri Ralston, Joe Iconis and the BLACK SUITS

From the producers: "This is such an important time for all of us in this country.  As many already know, Barack will not accept public funding from lobbyists or political action committees, but instead relies solely on a broad base of individual donors – such as ourselves – to ensure that his campaign answers to no one but the people.  Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so we can make history."

Ryan Mekenian is producing and directing the event.  Gena Oppenheim is Co-Producer, Sally Sibson is Production Manager, and Music Direction is by J. Oconer Navarro (The Adding Machine) & Mark Evans.

Tickets are priced at $16.50, $76.50, and $251.50 and may be purchased at  All proceeds will be donated to Senator Obama's campaign.  For further information or to volunteer to help with the event, please e-mail

Photo Credit Peter James Zielinski