The cast of the hit Broadway revival of Evita's Broadway Scares: Night of the Singing Dead, the first ever Halloween extravaganza to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place tonight - Sunday, October 28 at XL Nightclub in New York City.
The evening starts with the Halloween-themed concert featuring camp, vamps and tramps as well as some of the best voices on Broadway. Special guest Alice Ripley, a Tony Award winner for Next to Normal, will be joined by cast members from Broadway's Bring It On: The Musical, The Broadway Boys and Marty Thomas and his Divas. They'll join the previously announced Evita cast members, including Rachel Potter, Bradley Dean, Laurel Harris, Brad Little, Jessica Lea Patty and Daniel Torres.
VH1's Big Ang joins celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (NEWSical, The Musical) to judge the post-concert audience costume contest. The winner of the contest will receive a $500 flight voucher on United Airlines, two VIP tickets to Evita, a backstage tour of the Marquis Theatre and the chance to meet star Ricky Martin after the show. Runners-up win tickets to Evita. Raffle prizes include a $1,000 flight voucher from United Airlines, a NEWSical, The Musical prize package featuring tickets and merchandise signed by Perez Hilton, tickets to the Off-Broadway hit Silence! The Musical and more. Following the costume contest, the spooks will continue late into the night with a ghoulish dance party.
Broadway Scares is being produced and directed by Evita's Daniel Torres. The evening is dedicated to Tony Award-winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, a much loved and admired presence on Broadway who passed away from brain cancer in July.
Doors open at 8:30 pm at XL Nightclub, 512 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in New York. You must be 21 years old or older to enter the club. Tickets for this special benefit are $40 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. They may be purchased in advance at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is also the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.