The two-hour special will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Performances will include Tony nominated shows and winners like Ain't Too Proud, Chicago, Diana: The Musical, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Jagged Little Pill, Jersey Boys, Rent, and Mean Girls. This event is hoping to bring the Broadway community together to shine a light on an important cause. NBC released exclusive posters for the event along with the announcement.
The event will feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Patti LaBelle and appearances from Annaleigh Ashford, Lance Bass, Kristen Bell, Ron Cephas Jones, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Peter Gallagher, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Camryn Manheim, Alanis Morissette, Jerry O'Connell, Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Porter, John Stamos, Aaron Tveit, Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams, Susan Kelechi Watson and more. The special will also give audiences a sneak peek at new shows coming in 2021. In a press release, Fey shared her excitement about the upcoming special stating:
I'm so happy to be a part of this night, raising money for Broadway Cares, and to watch these mega talented people do what they do best
Fey isn't an unfamiliar face for the Broadway community as she turned her cult classic film Mean Girls into a major Broadway hit that opened at the August Wilson Theater in 2018. Casey Nicholaw directed the musical and Fey's husband Jeff Richmond wrote the music. The musical went on to become so successful it earned 12 Tony nominations.
The Broadway community especially has been affected by the ongoing pandemic. The donations made during the special will help provide groceries, medication, health care and emergency financial assistance to those affected and to those who are struggling during this difficult time. NBCUniversal will also be making a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Popular Broadway musicals like Beetlejuice, Phantom of the Opera, and Frozen ended their Broadway run and The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster have been pushed to open next year.
To find out how you can help please go to broadwaycares.org/help2020. The two-hour special is set to air Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Broadway fans won't want to miss this unforgettable night.
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