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Signs of New Orleans: Revisiting Louisiana after Katrina

June, 2007 Recently, Classical Action’s Associate Director Janice Mayer spent a sweaty week in Louisiana doing her part to help a volunteer organization rebuild housing in communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. During her trip, which included stops in New Orleans and the rural Bayou, Janice visited the offices of NO AIDS Task Force, […]

Florida Thespians Break Their Own Record

For the past few years, the Florida Thespians have raised more money for BC/EFA than any other education-based organization, donating a record $33,000 last year as a result from statewide efforts on our behalf. So, when BC/EFA campaign coordinator Sara Conklin announced at their recent festival closing ceremony that the students had fallen $300 short […]

The Fred Ebb Foundation

Although he passed away in September 2004, the generosity of legendary writer/lyricist Fred Ebb lives on through The Fred Ebb Foundation, which has given $850,000 to Broadway Cares since 2005. BC/EFA continues to benefit because, in his will, Ebb stipulated that at the end of each year, royalties earned on his works would be distributed […]

Collections in Chicago: Elphaba and Friends are WICKED Good

At Gypsy of the Year on December 5, the Chicago-based “Shiz” company of Wicked brought home the top fundraising prize for a national production or touring show for the third straight time, collecting $175,000 for BC/EFA. The show’s collections coordinator explains how they work their magic. By Andy Smith It took Urinetown’s potty-mouthed urchin with […]

Mamma Mia! Tour Collects “Money, Money, Money”

For more than four years, Mamma Mia! – the Rodney Dangerfield of musicals – has been defying critical disrespect, selling out houses on Broadway and on tour. These sold-out crowds not only pay big dividends for the ABBA musical’s backers, but for Broadway Cares as well. Since Mamma Mia! hit the road in February 2002, […]

BC/EFA Mourns the Passing of Founding Member Patrick Quinn

Broadway Cares and the entire New York theater community mourn the passing of actor and actors’ advocate Patrick Quinn, First Vice President of BC/EFA’s board of trustees and President of Actors’ Equity since 2000. Mr. Quinn, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his vacation home in the Poconos, was 56. A founding member […]

A Profile of BC/EFA’s Recent Tony Honoree Peter Neufeld

By Andy Smith From Ruby Keeler to Eartha Kitt to Patti LuPone – drop a theatrical celebrity’s name from the past 50+ years and BC/EFA’s Peter Neufeld probably knows where to find them, be it in Switzerland next door to Julie Andrews, or at the bar at Joe Allen on Broadway’s Restaurant Row. In a […]

As Nina West, Ohio’s Andrew Levitt Raises $2,500 for BC/EFA

By Andy Smith With inspiration from sources as diverse as Elaine Stritch: at Liberty and memoirist James Frey, 27-year old Andrew Levitt created a sold-out AIDS fundraiser on his first try, selling out Columbus, Ohio’s Axis dance club and raising $5,000 for charity in the process. Of that, $2,500 went to Broadway Cares, the rest […]