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Photos: Broadway Performers Stand Up Against Stigma of Mental Illness at Laurie Beechman


Up-and-coming composer Briana Lynn Wolf returned to The Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Café with "Right Now: A Song Cycle" to raise money for Bring Change 2 Mind, a national anti-stigma organization aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness, founded by actress Glenn Close.

"Right Now: A Song Cycle" performed on Monday December 15th at 9:30pm featuring the music and lyrics of Briana Lynn Wolf with performances by Krystina Alabado (Evita), Andi Alhadeff (Jasper in Deadland), Stephen Anthony (The Book of Mormon), Jenny Ashman (Falling For Make Believe), Dawn Cantwell (The Last Ship, Dogfight),Lindsey Brett Carothers (Wicked), Chris Dwan (Harmony), Rhiannon Hansen (Legally Blonde), Sara Kapner (Bare),Addi McDaniel (The Fantasticks), Mary Kate Morrisey (Hair), Daniel Quadrino (NBC's Peter Pan, Newsies) andSharone Sayegh (Mamma Mia). Also singing are Gaby Hornig, Tommy McKiernan, Eric Meyers, Shannon Rakow,Dawn Rother and Angela Travino. The evening was produced by Sammy Lopez, directed by Jenny Leon with musical direction by Cody Owen Stine.

Bring Change 2 Mind was born out of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn more about mental illness, which both her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew Calen Pick, live with. Bring Change 2 Mind aims to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured effectiveness. BC2M acts as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness.

Photos by Michael Kushner

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