Broadway Belts 2012

Anything Goes’ Julie Halston, Robert Creighton, and Surprise Guest Joel Grey Join Legendary Belter Darlene Love for Second Annual Broadway Belts for PFF!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Birdland Jazz Club

Photos by Chris Owyoung

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Directed by: Carl Andress
Written by: D. Michael Dvorchak and Julie Halston
Music Director: Jesse Kissel
Music Supervisor: Ed Windels
Press: Charlie Seidenburg

Featuring:
Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Memphis)
Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon)
Darlene Love
Robert Creighton (Anything Goes)
Lindsay Mendez (Godspell)
Betsy Wolfe (Encores! Merrily We Roll Along)
Heidi Blickenstaff (Now. Here. This., [title of show])
Julia Murney (Queen of the Mist/Wicked)
Seth Rudetsky (Sirius Satellite Radio)

With: Ralph Howard

Hosted by: Julie Halston

Surprise Appearance by: Joel Grey

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With honors ranging from the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame to the Tony Awards, Broadway’s best performers gathered on Monday, February 27, 2012, to raise awareness of the rare disease pulmonary fibrosis and honor the memory of Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara. Hosted by award-winning actress and devoted Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) advocate Julie Halston, Broadway Belts for PFF! returned to Birdland in New York City for a second successful year. The event raised almost $50,000 to benefit the Foundation.

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Sirius Satellite Radio’s Seth Rudetsky opened the show with an amusing monologue about belting and his favorite belters, including last year’s surprise guest Liza Minnelli. Broadway stars showcased their belting abilities under the musical direction of Jesse Kissel and returning director Carl Andress. The all-star cast included: Tony nominees Adam Pascal (Memphis) and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Robert Creighton (Anything Goes), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell), Betsy Wolfe (Encores! Merrily We Roll Along), Heidi Blickenstaff (Now. Here. This., [title of show]), and Julia Murney (Queen of the Mist/Wicked). In a touching moment of remembrance, theater critic Adam Feldman took the stage and gave a heartfelt tribute to his friend and colleague, Michael Kuchwara.

The evening’s surprise guest was famed Joel Grey, currently starring as Moonface Martin in the Broadway revivial of Anything Goes. He joined the stage with fellow Anything Goes cast member Robert Creighton to sing a duet of “Give My Regards to Broadway” and then an impromptu rendition of “Wilkommen” from his Tony Award and Oscar Award winning role as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret. The evening culminated with the spectacular Darlene Love delighting the audience with “Today I Met the Man I’m Going to Marry” and “I Know Where I Have Been.” The entire cast joined Ms. Love on stage for an all-star, grand finale of the “Da Doo Ron Ron.”