As New York City celebrates the return of everyone’s favorite Funny Girl, the worlds of Broadway, TV, cabaret and the recording industry came together on October 12 to salute the greatest star with the one-night-only concert "Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook", presented by Scott Nevins and Joe Lodato and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. With Barbra back in her hometown of Brooklyn to deliver two sold-out concerts, NYC's finest performers gathered together on the evening between her shows to salute her stellar catalogue of music. Click below to watch a slew of performances from the event!
Featured in the videos are Lorna Luft and Ann Hampton Callaway dueting on "Get Happy/Happy Days", Tituss Burgess singing "Piece of Sky", Natalie Joy Johnson performing "He Touched Me", Kelly King and Natalie Toro dueting on "Tell Him", Kristy Cates singing "Down With Love," Von Smith performing "People", Ashley Brown singing "The Way We Were", Erin Quill performing "Come to the Supermarket at Old Peking", Jim Caruso singing the "A Kid Again/I'm Five/Sweet Zoo" medley, Marty Thomas & the Divas in "The Main Event", Natalie Toro performing "Don't Rain On My Parade", Nick Adams singing "Lover, Come Back to Me", Saycon Sengbloh performing "On A Clear Day" and Steven Brinberg singing "Evergreen"!
Acclaimed singer/actress Lorna Luft and multi-award winning singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway led the impressive list of performers, which included Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominee Ashley Brown (MARY POPPINS), Tituss Burgess (“30 Rock,” The Little Mermaid), Nick Adams (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), Von Smith (“Opening Act” on E!), Saycon Sengbloh (Wicked, The Color Purple), Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked), Erin Quill (Avenue Q), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities), Kristy Cates (Wicked), Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde), Jim Caruso ("Cast Party" at Birdland), Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra) and recording artist Kelly King. The evening was hosted by award-winning TV personality Scott Nevins (from truTV’s hit show The World’s Dumbest) with Brad Gardner as the evening's music director.
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 $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 400 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.
For more information, visit broadwaycares.org.