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Go Inside The Fifth Annual  Broadway and Ballet Hero Awards

Go Inside The Fifth Annual  Broadway and Ballet Hero Awards

Monday night Stage 48 hosted the Fifth Annual  Broadway and Ballet Hero Awards. HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) is a volunteer-based non profit 501 c-3 organization founded by Michael Cavnaugh in 2009. Each year the Hero Awards presents outstanding talent from Broadway and the dance world.

Lillias White

Lillias White

This year  award recipients from Broadway were  Lillias White and Bonnie Milligan.

Lillias White, Michael Cavnaugh

Lillias White, Michael Cavnaugh

Lillias White bought the house down with “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, from Funny Girl.  She proudly introduced the song by telling the audience that it was her audition song when she was starting out. The success she has earned proves that the song was a good choice for her, because it landed her some wonderful roles on Broadway.

Michael Cavnaugh, Ben Cameron

Michael Cavnaugh, Ben Cameron

Bonnie Milligan won for outstanding Broadway Debut (Head Over Heels). After hearing her sing “Beautiful” from the show, I can see why she was chosen to receive the Hero award. She is a major rising talent.

Tara Martinez, Luis Villabon

Tara Martinez and Luis Villabon

The evening was filled with talented  singers and  dancers dancing behind them. The duet with vocalist Luis Billabon and Tara Martinez singing “The Prayer” and  dancers Brecke Swan and Nathaniel Dolquist was a stand out as one of the highlights of the evening.

Ruby Lewis, Ian Ward

Ruby Lewis and Ian Ward

The show closed with Ruby Lewis and Ian Ward belting out “A Brand New Day” from The Wiz as the whole cast  joined them on stage and joined in.

Michael Cavnaugh

Michael Cavnaugh

Oscar Pierrou Linden

Oscar Pierrou Linden (Swedish Star)

Michael Cavnaugh, Ben Cameron

Michael Cavnaugh, Ben Cameron

Broadway and Ballet Hero Awards

The cast photo

Broadway and Ballet Hero Awards

Ian Ward, Ruby Lewis

Broadway and Ballet Hero Awards

Ruby Lewis and Ian Ward and cast


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