Photo Coverage: Inside ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Benefit with Kerry Butler, Ashley Brown, and More!
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by Jennifer Broski
On November 5, host Christopher Meloni welcomed celebrities, Broadway greats, philanthropy influencers and the New York elite to celebrate Make Believe on Broadway. The evening showcased Broadway and Hollywood's brightest stars as they unite in a benefit performance on behalf of Only Make Believe, a non-profit that brings the magic of theater to children in hospitals and care facilities. Limited tickets are available for purchase here: http://onlymakebelievegala.com
BroadwayWorld was there for last night's event and we bring you full coverage below!
Special guests included Matthew Broderick, David Bryan, Chevonne (Season 3 of The Voice- Team Ceelo), Seth Rudetsky, New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Broadway Kids Care, Norm Lewis (Tony Nominated for Porgy and Bess) Ashley Brown (Original Mary Poppins), Derrick Baskin (Memphis, Little Mermaid, Spelling Bee), John Eric Parker (Book of Mormon, Memphis), Antoine L. Smith (Memphis ), Ken Robinson (Memphis), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On, Dreamgirls) Moya Angela (Ghost, Lion King, Dreamgirls), Alysha Umphress (Priscilla, American Idiot, On a Clear Day), Stephanie Gibson (Addams Family, Spamalot, upcoming Cinderella), Marla Mindelle (Sister Act- upcoming Cinderella), Jay Johnson (Catch Me If You Can, Hair, upcoming Hands on a Hard Body), Jason Michael Snow (Book Of Mormon, South Pacific), Trevon Davis (Porgy and Bess, Dreamgirls)
The Only Make Believe program debuted in October 1999 at Rusk Institute's Pediatric Unit, NYU Langone Medical Center. Dena Hammerstein established Only Make believe in memory of her late husband James (son of Oscar Hammerstein), for his dedication to the theater and her own passionate love for children in need.
Since 1999, this organization has brought interactive theater, performed by professional actors, to over 25,000 children and families in more than 50 hospitals free-of-charge in New York City and Washington D.C. With celebrity support from Jude Law, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz, and Alan Cumming Only Make Believe has brought joy and hope to the hearts of families and children facing hard times.
Only Make Believe's interactive live performances allow children to participate and perform alongside actors, transporting them from a hospital to the enchanting world of make believe. This organization strives to bring the healing power of imagination and laughter to its audience. The concept developed out of Dena's desire to introduce children living with chronic illness and disabilities to the magical world of theater.
For more information, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski