broadwayUNLOCKED Benefit To Be Held April 22

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Broadway performer Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) will join songwriters Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting) for broadwayUNLOCKED, a special event that will benefit the Crime Victims Treatment Center, on April 22. Taylor Trensch (Matilda), Eryn Murman (Spring Awakening), Jason Hite (Bare), and Eric Namaky are also scheduled to participate in the concert event.

Held at The Green Space (44 Charlton Street), broadwayUNLOCKED will also be webcast for those who can’t make the concert.   Visit www.broadwayUNLOCKED.com to purchase tickets or to learn more.

“This year we will be able to reach out to thousands across the country, broadening our community and inviting anyone to be a part of helping survivors heal,” Crime Victims Treatment Center director Susan Xenarios said in a statement. “This is a celebration of recovery and transformation and we are thrilled to know that through this concert, our mission will reach anyone who chooses to be touched by it.”

A Better Holiday Concert Tonight

Santino Fontana

You may think you’ve been to the best holiday concert of the season already, but the It Gets Better Project promises “A Better Holiday Concert” tonight from 7 to 10pm at XL Nightclub, located at 512 West 42nd Street.  Hosted by The Haus of Mimosa comedy duo, the event will feature a number of Broadway and Off-Broadway performers, including Santino Fontana (soon to be the Prince in Broadway’s Cinderella), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Max von Essen (Evita), Donna Vivino, Condola Rashad, and Randy Harrison.

The It Gets Better Project is dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people see “the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach”.  All of the proceeds from the ticket sales for the concert will go to the Ali Forney Center, an organization that offers support and services for homeless and runaway LGBTQ youth but saw its drop-in center destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October.

“A Better Holiday Concert” will start with a cocktail party that begins at 7pm.  During the hour-long cocktail reception, the art of photographer Victor Haim will be shown and sold (half of the proceeds from those sales will go to the Ali Forney Center).

Tickets for the concert can be purchased here.

Broadway Gets Out the Vote on October 14

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Broadway for Obama, a new organization created by brother-sister Broadway performers Andrew Keenan-Bolger (currently playing Crutchie in Newsies) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (playing Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher), presents “Broadway Gets Out the Vote,” a voter education event being held from 7-10pm on Sunday, October 14.  Several members of the Broadway community are scheduled to participate, and the event is open to the public.

The main goal of “Broadway Gets Out the Vote” is to inform the theater community about issues at the heart of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, and to get them excited about educating others.  “The only way we’re going to win this election is by reaching out to people in swing states and showing our enthusiasm for President Obama,” said Celia Keenan-Bolger in a press statement.

Like many ‘get out the vote’ events, this one will start with an information session, telling people how they can get involved, followed by a phone drive.  But unlike your average political event, this one will be attended by a number of Broadway stars.  Max von Essen (Evita), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Sister Act), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Nikki Rene Daniels (Porgy and Bess), and Kara Lindsay (Newsies) are among those currently scheduled to participate.

To join the event, which is being held at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, you must RSVP at my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gb734b.