Broadway Belts for PFF!


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The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s (PFF) 12th annual Broadway Belts for PFF! raised a record $475,000 in a new hybrid format on April 29. The sold-out gala at New York City’s Edison Ballroom, live streamed for the first time, is the single largest fundraiser for the PFF.

Rousing performances brought the audience to its feet with an A-list cast featuring Lillias White (Tony Award-winner for The Life, Tony nomination for Fela!), Robert Creighton (Fred and Adele Astaire Award-winner for Cagney, Frozen, TV’s The Good Fight), Jim Caruso (Six-time MAC Award-winner, Virtual Halston, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, and Liza’s at the Palace…), Ann Harada (Outer Critics Award-winner, Avenue Q, Schmigadoon!, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Beth Leavel (Tony Award-winner for The Drowsy Chaperone, Tony nominations for The Prom and Baby It’s You) and Ruby Locknar (BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award-winner, Virtual Halston, TV’s The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin)

Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), was honored with the 2022 Ralph Howard Legacy Award. Viola, who has supported Broadway Belts for PFF! since it began, has contributed significantly to health and family service organizations nationwide.

Broadway Belts for PFF! was directed by Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare, The Divine Sister) with Christopher McGovern (Cagney) as Musical Director. The benefit was produced for the twelfth consecutive year by D. Michael Dvorchak, Sue Frost (Memphis, Come From Away), Julie Halston, and Ed Windels.

“The success of Broadway Belts for PFF! will help us drive crucial research and provide vital resources to the pulmonary fibrosis community,” said William T. Schmidt, President and CEO of the PFF. “We are extremely grateful to Julie Halston, this year’s cast and crew for a blockbuster evening.” 


Thank you to our 2022 Broadway Belts for PFF! Cast 

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Head shot of Bobby creighton


Jim Caruso

Virtual Halston, Jim Caruso Cast Party, and Liza’s at the Palace!



Robert Creighton

Frozen, Cagney, and TV’s The Good Fight



Derrick Davis

The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Carousel, Film’s A Christmas Story, and Can a Song Save Your Life


Head shot of Ann Harada
Head shot of Arielle Jacobs
Head shot of Beth Leavel


Ann Harada

Avenue Q, TV's Schmigadoon!, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella



Arielle Jacobs

AladdinWickedBetween the Lines, and In the Heights


Beth Leavel

Tony Award-winner for The Drowsy Chaperone and Tony nominations for The Prom and Baby It’s You
Head shot of Telly Leung
Head shot of Ruby Locknar
Head shot of Beth Malone


Telly Leung

Aladdin, Rent, TV's Glee, and Allegiance


Ruby Locknar

TV’s The Early Night Show
with Joshua Turchin


Beth Malone

Tony nomination for Fun Home; The Unsinkable Molly Brown; and Film's tick, tick... BOOM! 
Head shot of Lillias White


Lillias White

Tony Award-winner for The Life and Tony nomination for Fela!

About Broadway Belts for PFF!

Since its inception in 2010, Broadway Belts for PFF! has grown to become the largest single fundraising event for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), raising over $2 million to date. The event features Broadway stars performing some of their favorite songs and original pieces to raise funds to fight pulmonary fibrosis (PF).
Broadway Belts for PFF! began as a tribute to beloved Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara, after he passed away from pulmonary fibrosis. Tony Award-winning actress and comedienne, Julie Halston, was a founding partner of the event and shines as the evening's dynamic and witty hostess. Halston is a member of the PFF Board of Directors and one of the PFF's leading advocates nationwide. Ms. Halston's motivation for her work on Broadway Belts for PFF! is very personal as her husband, New York newscaster Ralph Howard, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and received a life-extending lung transplant. Howard, a generous volunteer to both the PFF and many other organizations and lover of all things New York, succumbed to complications from the disease in August 2018. In 2018, the inaugural Ralph Howard Legacy Award was presented in Howard's memory, and now annually recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the pulmonary fibrosis community.

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