Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS holds a number of benefits throughout the year, but now they are taking the year’s scariest tradition by storm with the first-ever Broadway Scares: Night of the Singing Dead extravaganza. The event will be presented by the cast of the hit Broadway revival Evita and will be held near Times Square at the XL Nightclub (512 W. 42nd Street) on Sunday, October 28.
Hosted by drag star Bianca del Rio, Broadway Scares will begin with a Halloween-themed concert that will feature several Evita cast members, Broadway stars, and a special appearance from the Tony Award winning star of Next To Normal, Alice Ripley. Following the concert, audience members will be invited to take part in a costume contest, judged in part by gossip blogger and Newsical The Musical star Perez Hilton. The fun will continue on late into the night with a ghoul-friendly dance party.
The Broadway Scares: Night of the Singing Dead benefit starts at 9pm (doors open at 8:30pm). Tickets for this spooktacular event are a bargain at just $40 for reserved seating, or $20 for general admission. Buy tickets by calling 212-840-0770 (ext. 268) or by visiting www.broadwaycares.org online.
Broadway and cabaret have always had an intimate relationship, given that many of New York City’s most talented singers often travel between both worlds. The Broadway Cabaret Festival will give many of these fine performers a chance to shine in a series of events scheduled in mid-to-late October at The Town Hall in midtown.
With a new Jekyll & Hyde (starring Constantine Maroulis) soon on its way to Broadway, it is interesting to see that there will be a reunion of sorts of the original Jekyll & Hyde cast on October 13, when Linda Eder presents her concert “A New Life” as a part of the festival. Her former Jekyll & Hyde co-stars Robert Cuccioli and Christiane Noll will both be making guest appearances in the show.
The centerpiece of the Broadway Cabaret Festival will be “Broadway Originals”, a concert that will be held on October 21. “Broadway Originals” will give the audience a chance to see Broadway stars sing songs that they introduced in the original productions or revivals of Broadway musicals. Currently Alice Ripley, Chad Kimball, Tovah Feldshuh, Bob Martin, Matt Cavenaugh, Karen Ziemba, and Mandy Gonzalez are scheduled to participate.
The Broadway Cabaret Festival will conclude on October 26 with the concert “The Best of Broadway By the Year,” which will showcase the talents of many Broadway and cabaret performers, including Noah Racey, Christine Andreas, Beth Leavel, Kerry O’Malley, Karen Akers, and many more.
You can get tickets for Broadway Cabaret Festival events here.