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NYC: CABARET CARES GALA HONORS BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS WITH THE SPIRIT AWARD - MAY 15th
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On May 15th, at their annual fundraising gala, Cabaret Cares/ Help Is On The Way Today will honor BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org/ ), the organization that was Macchia's inspiration. The event will be held this year at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, May 15th. The evening starts with a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm, and includes dinner, an auction and a show. Macchia will present Broadway Cares/EFA with the Spirit Award, designated for an individual or organization who has shown unusual support of Help Is On The Way Today throughout the previous year. A second Spirit Award will be given to Frank Dain, Editor of Cabaret Scenes Magazine. The 2016 Cabaret Cares Ruth Kurtzman Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Alyce Finell, director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation. This year's fundraising gala is a Black and White Masquerade Gala. Guests are asked to wear formal or cocktail attire and naturally, a mask. MAC Award Winner Tom Gamblin returns to host the event and MAC and Bistro Award winner Gretchen Reinhagen directs. The award winning Musical Director, Tracy Stark, returns as well. Performers from cabaret and Broadway will take part. Solo performers include: Dave August (composer of the charity's new theme song "Help Is On The Way Today"), Josephine Bianco, Samara Ehrlich, Marla Green, Jeff Harnar, Michael Langoria, Gary Lizardo, Lesli Margherita, Sue Matsuki, Doreen Montalvo, Sidney Myer, Gretchen Reinhagen, Tracy Stark, Stacy Sullivan and Dorian Woodruff. Duets by Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock, Tom Gamblin & Susan Winter, Ricky Ritzel & Alison Nusbaum and Jay Rogers & Aaron Morishita will be featured. It has been 10 years since award-winning producer, Joseph Macchia, founded the 501c3 non-profit, Help Is On The Way Today. Then, as a volunteer for Broadway Cares/EFA, he was encouraged by that iconic organization to establish a charity to focus on the under-served demographic of children and youth with HIV and AIDS. Since then, Macchia's fundraising entertainment series, Cabaret Cares, has raised over $100,000 for Help Is On The Way Today, which has assisted over 650 young people living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $150 per person, on sale now through: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526410 or by phone at 718-672-6714.
NYC: THE SIXTH ANNUAL "NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS" AT MERKIN CONCERT HALL- JUNE 6th
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT
The sixth annual "Night Of A Thousand Judys" the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, will take place at the MERKIN CONCERT HALL at the KAUFMAN CENTER (129 West 67th Street, NYC - 212-501-3330) on Monday, June 6th. "Night Of A Thousand Judys" will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 pm and the performance at 8:00 pm. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre and directed by Peter James Cook. Lance Horne serves as the event's music supervisor. "Night Of A Thousand Judys" is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer. Special guests will be announced. "Night Of A Thousand Judys" is a special presentation of The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/ variety show known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between. The Meeting* is currently enjoying a successful monthly run at Joe's Pub, which hosted the first "Night of a Thousand Judys" in 2011. The Ali Forney Center is the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. AFC's goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. Tickets are $45 (Balcony), $60 (Regular), $75 (Prime), $100 (VIP) and $500 (Ruby Slipper VIP). The $100 seats include a VIP pre-show reception at 6:30 PM, a deluxe gift bag and preferred seating. The $500 seats include a ticket to Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall, in addition to a gift bag, premium seating and an exclusive poster signed by the cast. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.KauffmanMusicCenter.org/.
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