Mark Baker, Katherine & Kimberly Corp and More Set for HDSA's 2013 CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE, 12/9
The Huntington's Disease Society of America ~ Greater New York Chapter (HDSA) will host its seventh annual CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE: A Broadway Holiday Concert, a celebration of life featuring songs by Broadway's greatest songwriters as well as holiday favorites, on Monday, December 9,2013.
The benefit will take place at NYIT Auditorium in Manhattan. Festivities will include a Cocktail Party at 6:30pm, with the Performance at 7:30pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to chat with the stars before the show at a cocktail hour meet & greet. All proceeds will benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America ~ Greater New York Chapter.
The concert, featuring songs by Broadway's greatest songwriters as well as holiday favorites, will star Tony Award nominee Mark Baker [Candide, Grand Hotel], Anna Bergman [A Little Night Music at The Kennedy Center], Katherine & Kimberly Corp [Radio City Music Hall Rockettes], Dan DeLuca [Stephen Schwartz' Snapshots], Carole Demas [Grease, PBS' "The Magic Garden"], Liam Forde [2013 Bistro Award Winner], Josh Franklin [Anything Goes, Grease, Legally Blonde], Melinda Hopkins, Laura Kenyon [Nine, Man of La Mancha, On the Town], Ilene Kristen [Grease, "One Life To Live," "General Hospital"], Heather MacRae [A Catered Affair, Falsettoland, Hair], Karen Oberlin [Rent, Bistro & MAC Awards], Theatre World Award-winner Sarah Rice [Sweeney Todd], Jana Robbins [Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife], cabaret legend Steve Ross [Present Laughter], Ingrid Saxon [From Rags to Riches], Zachary Stains, Tony Award nominee Jane Summerhays [Me and My Girl, Noises Off, Sugar Babies], Tony Award nominee & Theatre World Award-winner Walter Willison [Two By Two, Pippin, Grand Hotel] & Sheila Wormer, with a special appearance by The Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company choreographed by Alee Reed.
The event will be written & directed by Walter Willison, choreography by Lawrence Leritz [Fiddler on the Roof, Fonteyn & Nureyev On Broadway], musical supervision & special vocal arrangements by Liam Forde & sound design by Stuart J. Allyn.
CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE was the idea of Jacey, a teenager from Michigan with Juvenile Huntington's disease. Jacey's dream is "to see the lights of Broadway" & have a Broadway celebrity event to create awareness & raise funds to find a cure for this fatal disease. The HDSA New York Chapter granted Jacey's wish & in 2007. CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE continues to honor Jacey & her dream by bringing together the best of Broadway & New York's top cabaret performers in this annual event. As in past years, HDSA NYC expresses its gratitude to the Broadway community for the kindness & generosity of those who sponsor & put together this grand benefit show.
Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, wife of folk legend Woody Guthrie who lost his battle with Huntington's Disease, HDSA is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD, working tirelessly to provide family services, education, advocacy & research to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow for the more than 30,000 people in the United States who are currently diagnosed with HD & over 250,000 who are at risk. HD is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral & physical control & slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk & reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 & 50 years of age, but cases of juvenile HD have been diagnosed in children as young as two. Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. They have yet to find the cure. The Society is comprised of 54 local chapters & affiliates across the country with its headquarters in New York City. To learn more about Huntington's disease & to get involved in HDSA, visit www.hdsa.org or call 1-800-345-HDSA.
The event will be held on Monday, December 9th ~ Performance @ 7:30pm Complimentary Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres @ 6:30pm at the NYIT Auditorium ~ 1871 Broadway [bet. 61st & 62nd Street]. Tickets: $65 & $75 (VIP seating). For reservations, visit https://www.hdsa.org/gnych/. All proceeds benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America's Greater New York Chapter.