If you're in or near NYC, or can find a flight, check out the 3rd Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards, brought to you by HERO (HIV Experience Resources Organization).
The event—held October 24 at Stage 48 (605 W. 48th St., NYC) at 8 p.m.—will honor Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and international ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Plus, Ruby Lewis, Cirque du Soleil star, will receive the John Adams HERO Award and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will get the 2016 HERO Partner Award.
Directed by the amazing Patrick Boyd, the event is not to be missed. Per a press release:
This spectacular event will feature 14 original performances and a cast of over 30 stars from the worlds of Broadway and ballet including: (honorees) Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Broadway HERO Awardee), Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil Paramour, John Adams HERO Awardee), Marcelo Gomez (ABT international ballet star, Ballet HERO Awardee), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), LaTrisa Harper (The Color Purple, The Lion King), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Stephen Hanna (An American In Paris, On The Town, Billy Elliot, Principle dancer, New York City Ballet), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Brandon Leffler (Trip of Love, On The Town, Cinderella) Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Daniel Lynn Evans (Trip of Love), Clifton Oliver, (Kinky Boots, Lion King) Donna Vaughn (The Lion King), LaMar Baylor (The Lion King, PHILADANCO!), Sean Stewart (American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Aijkun Ballet Company), Shomari Savannah (Alvin Ailey), Alexis ”Tilly” Evans-Krueger (Sonya Tayee Dance Company BODYTRAFFIC, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Melanie Fields (Evita, The Visit), Javon Jones (The Julliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Sean Rozanski (Dirty Dancing, Gus Giordano, Jazz Dance), a special performance by Pace University students Seeley Stephens, Nia Coleman, Shannon Weir, and Kadin Andrew Mestas, choreography of an opening number by Ray Mercer (The Lion King, Award Winning Choreographer), and more.
Get your tickets here!