Broadway Belts for PFF! raised money Monday night to fight pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a devastating and progressive disease involving scarring in the lungs. PF affects 200,000 Americans and results in more than 40,000 deaths annually. Julie Halston created Broadway Belts for PFF! in 2010, after her husband, newscaster Ralph Howard, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
The evening, was directed by Carl Andress and honored Hairspray producer Margo Lion and reunited cast members Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Andrew Rannells, Jackie Hoffman, Julie Halston, Jenn Gambatese, Adam Fleming, Clark Thorell, John Hill, Judine Somerville, and Hollie Howard with John Waters, Josh Bergasse, David Rockwell, and Bernie Telsey.
Performers also included New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams, whose father passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, along with Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Robert Creighton (Frozen), Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Stephanie Gibson (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Chester Gregory (Motown the Musical), and Alex Getlin.