Children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation auditioned on February 27 in front of celebrities and Broadway stars for a coveted spot in the Foundation's Annual Talent Show on April 16 at Radio City Music Hall. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below!
Garden of Dreams is a non-profit charity that makes dreams come true for children facing obstacles - from homelessness and foster care, to illness, to extreme poverty. The Foundation hosts an annual Talent Show event where children from various partner organizations are presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in front of their family and friends at Radio City Music Hall.
In attendance at the auditions were hip hop pioneer and Talent Show Creative Director Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels, The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr., Fabrizio Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture, Broadway stars Tony Vincent (American Idiot, NBC's "The Voice"), Christina Sajous (Spiderman, American Idiot), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spiderman, Rock of Ages) and Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Tarzan, Hairspray), Model Damaris Lewis, Matte Babel, Fuse News anchor, Esteban Serrano, host of Top 20 Countdown on Fuse and children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
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Celebrity guests Fabrizio Moretti, Nikolai Fraiture and Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes, model Damaris Lewis, Run DMCâ€s Darryl McDaniels and Broadway stars Tony Vincent, Rebecca Faulkenberry and Chester Gregory watch as children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation audition for a spot in the annual spring talent show at Madison Square Garden.
Five-year-old Malik Naser of Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey performed Bruno Marsâ€ â€œTalking to the Moonâ€?.
Fuse News anchor Matte Babel and 11-year-old Kianna Cotton of Garden of Dreams listen to feedback from celebrity mentors after her breathtaking performance of Beyonceâ€s â€œHaloâ€?.
17-year-old Kesean Sessions of Garden of Dreams performs an original rap called â€œMommy Loves Youâ€? in front of celebrity guest and fellow hip-hop artist Darryl â€œDMCâ€? McDaniels.
Julianna Pierre of Garden of Dreams rocked the stage at the Garden of Dreams Talent Show auditions.
The Strokesâ€ Fabrizio Moretti, Nikolai Fraiture and Albert Hammond Jr. joined model Damaris Lewis at the mentors table for the 2013 Garden of Dreams Talent Show Auditions.
Broadway star Tony Vincent returns for his second year as a celebrity mentor for the children of Garden of Dreams.
Model Damaris Lewis poses with hip-hop pioneer, and founding member of Run DMC, Darryl â€˜DMCâ€ McDaniels