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THE LIGHTS OF BROADWAY SHOW CARDS™ celebrate Broadway theatre. The stories and the storytellers, the art and the artisans, those who make it all possible and the community embracing it. Shows, actors, directors, writers, designers, and all else in the spotlight or behind the scenes who keep the theatrical world spinning.

Giving Back

A portion of proceeds from all of THE LIGHTS OF BROADWAY SHOW CARDS™ will benefit charities close to the collective heart of the Broadway community. We ask some of our Broadway friends to represent these causes (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund, as well as charities chosen specifically for each edition) by signing some special edition cards. Most of these cards will be sorted into our card packs, and some will be held for fundraising purposes.  We're grateful to these wonderful folks for taking part in our Autumn 2017 edition:

Christy Altomare and Derek Klena

Christy Altomare and Derek Klena: The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund mission: “The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. We are a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.” Founded in 1882, we serve all professionals – and not just actors – in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance through programs that address our community's unique and essential needs.” The Fund’s latest exciting developments include the new Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts serving the NYC arts community. Visit ACTORSFUND.ORG to learn more. Christy Altomare has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and across the country in Spring Awakening. Derek Klena’s Broadway credits include Wicked and Bridges of Madison County. Together, they currently star in Broadway’s Anastasia. [Christy's website. Derek's Twitter.]

Lillias White

Lillias White: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Lillias celebrates the work being done by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is a leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses. Truly at the heart of the Broadway community, BC/EFA produces several fundraising events and campaigns each year including the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, Gypsy of the Year Competition, Easter Bonnet Competition, and Broadway Bares. Visit BROADWAYCARES.ORG for more. Lillias White’s many Broadway credits include Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Once on This Island, How to Succeed..., and Fela!. She won the Tony for her performance in The Life. [Lillias' Twitter.]

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Mandy Gonzalez: Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition
Out of the ground-breaking whirlwind of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda and family lent their support to a growing need: “Launched in 2017 by the Hispanic Federation, the Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition includes twelve essential nonprofit organizations that provide life-changing support – legal representation, advocacy and social services – to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers throughout the United States. Together, we're helping to build stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger nation.” To find out more and donate, go to HISPANICFEDERATION.ORG/GETTHEJOBDONE. Mandy Gonzalez has appeared on Broadway in Aida, Dance of the Vampires, Lennon, Wicked, In the Heights, and currently, Hamilton. She recently releases her first single, “Fearless”, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and dedicated to the Dreamers. [Mandy's website.]

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Telly Leung: One America Appeal
In the wake of the devastating hurricanes of 2017, five former U.S. Presidents – Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama – came together to ask fellow Americans to extend a helping hand to their neighbors: “Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have brought terrible devastation – but also brought out the best in humanity. As former Presidents, we wanted to come together to help our fellow citizens in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean as they recover and rebuild. Please give whatever you can. Every cent donated through the One America Appeal will help the victims recover. Thank you.” Visit their website ONEAMERICAAPPEAL.ORG to donate. Telly has appeared on Broadway in Rent, Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Godspell, Allegiance, and In Transit. He’s currently back on Broadway, playing the title role in Aladdin. [Telly's Twitter.]

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We would also like to continue to thank our Giving Back folks from the Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, and Spring 2017 editions and keep shining a light on their chosen causes:

SPRING 2017

Brian Stokes Mitchell: The Actors Fund
Mission: “The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. We are a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.” Founded in 1882, we serve all professionals – and not just actors – in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance through programs that address our community's unique and essential needs. Stokes has been Chairman of the Board of The Actors’ Fund since 2004. The Fund’s latest exciting developments include the new Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts serving the NYC arts community. Visit ACTORSFUND.ORG to learn more. (Most recently on Broadway in Shuffle Along, Brian Stokes Mitchell was Tony-nominated for his turns in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime; and he won the Tony for his Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate. Keep up on all things Stokes at his official website.)

Jennifer Holliday: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Jennifer celebrates the work being done by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is a leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses. Truly at the heart of the Broadway community, BC/EFA produces several fundraising events and campaigns each year including the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, Gypsy of the Year Competition, Easter Bonnet Competition, and Broadway Bares. Visit BROADWAYCARES.ORG for more. (The wonderful Ms. Holliday burst onto the Broadway scene in her Tony-winning performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls. Most recently on the boards as Shug Avery in the recent revival of The Color Purple, you can follow her on Twitter here.)

Josh Groban: Find Your Light Foundation
Josh took the grassroots passion his fans shared with him for arts education and created the Find Your Light Foundation. As someone who himself was inspired at a young age through his own arts classes, he deeply wanted to pay it forward for our next generation. Find Your Light is dedicated to ensuring that EVERY child has the opportunity to experience the arts as a part of their overall education and supports over 80 programs in North America. Visit FYLF.ORG for more information on why arts education is a critical component of a young person's development and how you can help. (International recording star Josh Groban is Tony-nominated for his Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. Keep up on all things Groban at his official website.)

The Kids of Dear Evan Hansen: The Trevor Project
Ben Platt (Evan), Laura Dreyfuss (Zoe), Mike Faist (Connor), Will Roland (Jared Kleinman), and Kristolyn Lloyd (Alana Beck) in Dear Evan Hansen have teamed up to shine a light on The Trevor Project. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film Trevor, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free, and confidential phone, instant message, and text messaging crisis intervention services. Visit THETREVORPROJECT.ORG for more information on The Trevor Project and how to lend a hand. (You can follow these wonderful young stars on Twitter: Ben, Laura, Mike, Will, Kristolyn.)

The Parents of Dear Evan Hansen: Planned Parenthood
Rachel Bay Jones (Heidi Hansen), Michael Park (Larry Murphy), and Jennifer Laura Thompson (Cynthia Murphy) in Dear Evan Hansen are standing up for Planned Parenthood. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, and a passionate advocate delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Their 56 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate nearly 650 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities. Caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with clients, encouraging them to ask questions in an environment that millions have grown to trust. Visit PLANNEDPARENTHOOD.ORG for more information on their vital efforts and how you can help. (You can follow these amazing humans on Twitter: Rachel, Michael, Jennifer.)


AUTUMN 2016

Javier Muñoz: STOMP Out Bullying™
Javier shines a light on STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens in the U.S. “STOMP Out Bullying™ says NO to victimization, NO to anti-bullying legislation that does not work and NO to the hate and intolerance of others. We do say YES to choosing kindness, YES to teaching empathy, YES to accepting others NO MATTER™ what they look like, their race, their beliefs, or their sexual orientation or gender, and YES to becoming responsible and kind digital citizens.” Go to STOMPOUTBULLYING.ORG if you need help. Also visit to find out how you can support the cause with actions and donations. (Javier is currently portraying the title role in Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Follow him on Twitter.)

James Monroe Iglehart: Gideon's Feet
James turns the spotlight on Gideon’s Feet: “Gideon's Feet was started by my good friends Brian and Ashley Gonzales to help actors in their time of need both financially as well as spiritually. Sometimes performers just need someone to listen to and Gideon's Feet provides that service.” Gideon's Feet is a small but mighty aid organization founded in Dallas/Fort Worth and serving in multiple arts communities across the country. It provides support to those in the theatrical community duringtimes of crisis and offers opportunities for artists to use their gifts to help those in need.  To find out how you can be of service visit GIDEONSFEET.ORG. (James is currently playing the Genie in Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the role for which he won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Find out all the things at his official website.)

Cynthia Erivo: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Cynthia celebrates the work being done by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is a leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses. Truly at the heart of the Broadway community, BC/EFA produces several fundraising events and campaigns each year including the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, Gypsy of the Year Competition, Easter Bonnet Competition, and Broadway Bares. Visit BROADWAYCARES.ORG for more. (Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Cynthia continues bringing her powerhouse performance as Celie in The Color Purple to audiences at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Follow her on Twitter.)

Stephanie J. Block: The Actors' Fund
Stephanie honors The Actor’s Fund: “When I think of the word 'community' I think of people caring for and helping one another, whether one gives of their time, talent, resources, or a monetary gift. And I am so proud of the awareness, strength and generosity of our Broadway COMMUNITY.” The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis, or transition. The Fund’s future is bright and the new projects and programs under exploration are exciting. Visit ACTORSFUND.ORG to learn more. (Award-winning and beloved actress Stephanie J. Block currently stars as Trina in the first revival of William Finn's Falsettos at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Get all the info on Stephanie at her official website.)


SPRING 2016

Photo credit: Andrew Eccles

Photo credit: Andrew Eccles

Megan Hilty:
Joyful Heart Foundation
"I got involved with this organization several years ago because I wanted to help empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault & child abuse. I so admire the great work of the Joyful Heart Foundation and will continue to do anything I can to support them.”  The vision of the Joyful Heart Foundation is a community with no sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Our mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. Learn more at joyfulheartfoundation.org. (Having most recently been seen in Noises Off at the American Airlines Theatre, Megan has also captivated audiences in 9 to 5, Wicked, and TV's Smash wherein she starred as Ivy Lynn. She and her husband Brian Gallagher regularly make music together. They have a band and beautiful daughter, Viola Philomena.)

Ann Harada: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
I am grateful that Broadway Cares has always been there, helping so many of my friends with HIV and AIDS in the years when we lost so many. I am inspired by their constant commitment to help those suffering from the disease and its after effects in a global way.”  BC/EFA 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 theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Visit broadwaycares.org for more. (Ann is perhaps best known to Broadway fans as the original Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, a character she continues to play each holiday season to raise money for BC/EFA by way of Christmas Eve's Holiday Hunkfest. She also appeared on Broadway in Seussical, 9 to 5, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Ann also had a regular role – Linda – on TV's Smash.)

 

Photo credit: Christopher Boudewyns

Photo credit: Christopher Boudewyns

Leslie Odom Jr.: UGANDAPROJECT
"These guys are a small but powerful organization who've been doing vital and challenging work in Uganda for over a decade.”  UGANDAPROJECT is a grass-roots non-profit organization that provides free education, housing, mentoring, and basic needs to students in order to empower, ignite and impact global change! “We are artists. Activists. Teachers. Students. We are dreamers… We are you. Using social media, art, events, and public forums, we seek to activate our generation to look around at the world and help make it better. The change begins with us.” Visit UGANDAPROJECT.COM for more information. (Currently starring as Aaron Burr in the smash Broadway game-changer Hamilton, Leslie has also appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith and Rent as well as many TV appearances including regularly appearing as Sam Strickland in Smash. His wonderful debut album is currently available on iTunes.)

Danny Burstein:
The Actors' Fund

"Many years ago, the Actors’ Fund was there for me. I'll never forget it and I'll always be grateful. And now I do everything I can to give back."  The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis, or transition. The Fund’s future is bright and the new projects and programs under exploration are exciting. To quote founder Harrison Grey Fiske: “Even in prosperous times, the need for an Actors Fund arises.”  Visit actorsfund.org to learn more. (Danny has been nominated for five Tony awards for his work in The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific, Follies, Golden Boy, and Cabaret. He is currently appearing as Tevye the Milkman in Fiddler on the Roof at the Broadway Theatre. He never appeared in Smash, but he is still really good.)


AUTUMN 2015

Christian Borle:
The Malala Fund
Christian was moved to honor The Malala Fund: “Our goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.”  Visit Malala.org for more information.

Kelli O’Hara:
The Stuttering Association for the Young

Kelli has chosen SAY, The Stuttering Association for the Young: “Our mission is to empower young people who stutter and inspire the world to treat them with compassion and respect, so they can achieve their dreams. Our vision is a world where every voice matters.”  Visit SAY.org to learn more.


Together we can all make a difference, even in small ways, by shining a light where it's needed most. Please visit these sites and find out how you can help. And you can also sign up for our e-mail newsletter for future announcements.


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