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The Fifth Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards to Honor Lillias White and Housing Works

The Fifth Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards to Honor Lillias White and Housing Works

 The Fifth Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards

HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO)is proud to present The Fifth Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards on October 22nd at 8pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, honoring Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk and People’s Choice Award winner Lillias WhiteHousing Works/HIV Law Project, and break-out star from Head Over HeelsBonnie Milligan for Outstanding Broadway Debut. The event benefits HERO – HIV Experience Resources Organization, a 501c-3 volunteer based charitable organization that promotes safe sex practices and provides resources to people newly diagnosed and living with HIV. To be hosted by Ben Cameron, the Broadway and Ballet HERO Awards features 14 spectacular performances by stars from the worlds of Broadway and Ballet that will perform together.

 The event is not just about raising much-needed funds for HERO, it also showcases the amazing talents of the New York City Broadway and dance community. The entire evening’s entertainment consists of world premieres of dance pieces set to a wide variety of musical genres. While the artists who perform each year are primarily from the Broadway and ballet worlds, the works they create for the Awards run the gamut of styles from downtown contemporary, to modern, and everything in between. 2018 performances include: Sharon Catherine Brown (Dreamgirlsand Head Over Heels), Ruby Lewis (Paramour), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Swedish International Dancer and Opera Star, Oscar Pierrou Linden, Broadway Star Michael Cusumano (An American In Paris, ABT Chicago), ABT Stars, Sean Stewart,Jose Sabastian and Duncan Lyle,Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Ajkun Ballet Company), Michael Appuzo (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Seeley Stephens (Top 50 Finalist American Idol), Evan Lacombe (The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Travis Nesbitt (Alter Boys), The Boy Band Project, Opening Number performed and choreographed by Evan Lacombe and the finale number choreographed and performed by Madeline Rodrigue, with dancers and Alumni from Pace University and many more!

We also seek to represent the diversity of our city in terms of the race, ethnicity, and sexuality of the artists who generously share their creative vision each year. Some of the highlights of past events include; Tony Award Winner and Grammy nominated Melba Moore singing a medley from the Broadway Musical Hair with the entire cast of Broadway and Ballet, Tony Award Winner Donna Mckechnie singing “What I did for Love”, ABT Principle Dancer Marcelo Gomes performed “Sinatra Suite”, James Whiteside and Cassandra Trenary performed an original piece, “Wall Flower”, New York City Principle Dancer Stephen Hanna dancing to “If I Only Had a Brain” with vocals by Broadway and Film Star, Michael-Leon Wooley, Attila Joey Csikiand Tobin Del Cuoreperformed a duet by Lar Lubovitch called “Concerto 622,” a legendary piece of choreography that was created during the AIDS epidemic and Garen Scribner (“An American In Paris”) who created and performed a new ballet solo and received the first John Adams HERO Award for best Broadway debut.

Housing Works is a New York City based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. Housing Works also operates the HIV Law Project that provides free legal services to residents of New York City who are living with HIV. The HERO Partnership Award was previously presented to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSThe Actors FundGMHC and The JED Foundation.

Awards were previously presented to NYC Ballet principal dancer, Stephen Hanna in 2015, ABT principal dancer, Marcelo Gomes in 2016 and ABT principal dancer, James Whiteside in 2017. The Broadway HERO Award has been presented to Broadway Legend, Rachelle Rak, Tony Award Winner, Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award Winner, Donna Mckechnie, and Tony Award Winner, Melba Moore.  All past awardees are being invited back to participate or perform.

Tickets are on sale at www.hivhero.org.  General admission is $30.  VIP Premium Seating will be $100.   Highlight videos from the past four years can be seen at  https://youtu.be/iztNfglqxvs.

HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) is a completely volunteer-based non-profit 501 c-3 organization founded in 2009 by Michael Cavnaugh, former vice president of Event Presentation at Madison Square Garden.  HERO helps people find the most pressing, up-to-date information available critical to their heath, including sharing extensive video coverage from current national and international AIDS conferences.  HERO’s websites, HIVhero.org and HEROnews.org, provide local, national, and international resources and interactive tools which provide assistance in: finding doctors, getting medication, mental health counseling, housing, financial assistance, medical insurance, and much more. It also serves as a portal site, providing free content and video production, promoting the services, activities, and fundraising efforts of many community/partner organizations, including red carpet coverage of high profile events and one-on-one interviews. Seen throughout their video archive and messaging, HERO founded the #condomsarehot movement, with the help of stars such as Angela Lansbury, Matt Bomer, Mary Louise-Parker, Rosie Perez, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Blythe Daner, and many more to build more awareness for sexual health and STD prevention.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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