The 22nd Anniversary Celebration of Broadway Blessing took place last night at St. Malachy’s Church, The Actors’ Chapel 239 W. 49th Street.
Founded by Retta Blaney and started in 1997, this year producer Pat Addiss and Kathryn Fisher took over the helm.
Sebastian Arcelus was on hand to support his wife Stephanie J. Block
Fr. John Fraser (La MaMa, Magis Theatre), from St. Malachy’s Church, The Actors’ Chapel, emcee ‘d. plus other amazing Broadway talent to be announced. George Drance, SJ (La MaMa, Magis Theatre) will emcee again this year, and Under the leadership of Stephen Fraser as Musical Director, the Broadway Blessing Choir and Instrumentalists will also perform.
Chita Rivera gave a special tribute to Hal Prince the Prince of Broadway.
To celebrate the upcoming revival of West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera‘s Katherine Heaton sang “Somewhere.”
Conor Ryan reprised “Good To Be Alive” from Desperate Measures.
Roma Torre interviewed Stephanie J. Block, Tony winner for Cher.
Alex Fraser, tapped his heart out to “Gary Indiana” from The Music Man.
David Friedman’s newest hit “Something Happened”, was introduced by Sydney Myer.
Jill O’Hara reprised “Good Morning Starshine” from Hair.
From the hit The Lion King, Scar (Stephen Carlile) and from VH1 Liseli Lugo sang “The Circle of Life” with the Broadway Blessing Choir.
From the hit Off Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, “Sabbath Prayer” was sung by Adam Shapiro.
The evening will culminate with a moving candle-lighting ceremony led by clergy from various churches and Rabbi Jill from the Actors’ Temple.