Friday, April, 17th 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific
In an announcement from BC/EFA,
“There is no better news today than that which helps us ensure all in the entertainment industry who are facing the serious challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic can depend on the support of all their colleagues in the industry,” said Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola. “My thanks to the leadership of the American Federation of Musicians. My best wishes and many thanks to AFM Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer and the Local 802 membership who were willing to speak up during this unprecedented time to support the arts community and those in need.”
Congratulations to all parties involved in coming to an agreement and allowing this streaming benefit to happen which will raise spirits around the world and much needed emergency relief funds for everyone in the entertainment industry. Be sure and watch this fabulous concert event and if you’re able, please donate. #ItsASmallWorldAfterall
In today’s unimaginable world of the coronavirus pandemic anything seems possible, even a once in a lifetime event happening twice. But with a little Disney magic and tireless dedication that is the hallmark of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’, their sold-out, one-night-only, benefit concert, “Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway” will be seen again.”
Streaming out to a wonderful world on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7pm Eastern, the event is a benefit to raise money for BC/EFA’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
Originally presented onstage November 4, 2019, the sparkling silver anniversary event was recorded live at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City with a starry cast of 79 performers and 15-piece orchestra. On Monday night, Ryan McCartan (Broadway’s Frozen, TV’s Liv and Maddie) will host the stream live from his family’s basement and interview special Disney on Broadway stars, from their homes, throughout the evening.
Watch the stream at broadwaycares.org, youtube.com/BCEFA orfacebook.com/BCEFA. It will also be available through media partners Playbill.com, abc7ny.com and the sites of the ABC Owned Television Stations around the country.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which is being administered by The Actors Fund, is helping those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
As theaters remain dark, entertainment professionals are facing unprecedented health and financial challenges requiring immediate attention and support. More than 20 Broadway producers have offered a $1 million challenge and are matching every new donation to the fund dollar-for-dollar.
Donations can be made at broadwaycares.org/help2020.
“The event last November was such an unforgettable evening of Disney on Broadway magic,” Broadway Cares Executive Director, Tom Viola said. “We are so grateful to all our friends at Disney Theatrical Productions for generously joining us in sharing this evening again, supporting our entertainment industry friends and colleagues who are out of work and facing serious health and personal challenges due to this devastating coronavirus pandemic.”
Here’s just a little of what audience can expect to see on Monday night.
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 theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is 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 Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.