The Broadway Dreams Foundation will present their Third Annual New York Benefit Performance at the Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street) on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm. The special evening, which only happens once a year in NYC, will feature performances that combine Broadway favorites with BDF students from cities across the country. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here.
The concert, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Roberto Sinha and Leandro Cohelo, will feature highlights from this past summer's "True Colors" BDF musical theatre intensives. The evening will feature performances by well known Broadway professionals who are also part of the ever-growing BDF faculty including: Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys), Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde), Jennifer Diamond (Fiddler on the Roof), Jessica Dillan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Traci Jai Edwards (Legally Blonde), Melissa Errico (My Fair Lady), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Grace Gealy (West Side Story), Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line), Tyler Hanes (A Chorus Line), James Kinney (Sweet Charity, Fosse), Leslie Odom Jr. (Rent) and Billy Porter (Angels in America) along with along with BDF students from Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Omaha, Minneapolis, Tallahassee and Charlotte, who are the pride of this budding organization.
The list of participants traveling in from all over the country include: Veronica Benton, Andrew Berlin, Brayton Bowman, Christian Brailsford, Katiie Brunson, Grace Bydalek, Megan Cassling, Kaila Cassling, Caroline Chisholm, Carly June Cohen, Dane Cox, Chase Crandell, Indigo Crandell, Brianna Datelle, Christina Daves, Lily Dickinson, Tori Drothler, Sidney Dupont, Nicholas Eibler, Maddie Eibler, Kidder Erdman, Sam Faulkner, Jason Fazio, Olivia Hardy, Patricia Hengen, Joe Hetterly, Leigh Ellen Jones, Lauryn Jones, Sally Kinney, Ginna Le Vine, Rico LeBron, Andrea Lee, Carina Louchiey, Georgina Louchiey, Josh Louchiey, Damon McToy, Chelsea Pedano, Samantha Pollino, Keegan Potthoff, Talia Regan, Lindsay Roberts, Alexandra Rush,Maddie Russo, Quinci Spady, Laura Steele, Emerson Steele, Sarah Stipe, Walker Stipe, Analisa Swerczek, Sam Swerczek, Indy Tanner, Jackson Tanner, Ryan Townsend, Dan Tracy, Julia Tyminski and Alyssa Wynn.
On hand to launch the evening will be Executive Director Annette Tanner and newly-appointed Artistic Director James Kinney. Richard Jay-Alexander will serve as the on-stage host for the event. Alexander admits to being the organizations new "poster child" having just joined BDF for two summer intensives in Omaha, NE at the Holland Performing Arts Center and in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.