Announcing: The Theatre Will Survive – A Benefit for The Actors Fund – Join Big Broadway Names—Live on Zoom Monday, August 31st @ 7:00 pm on

“The Theatre Will Survive – A Benefit for The Actors Fund” is a live event including the video debut, a bevy of stars, and a talk-back on the experience hosted by on

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here:

You will receive your link before show time. All monies go to The Actors Fund to help support theater’s future and many who are in need at this difficult time.

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 The following performers contributed to the 5-minute video, many of whom will participate in the talk-back, when viewers can submit questions via the Zoom “chat” function, following the video:  Christine Andreas, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Christina Bianco, Chuck Cooper, Robert Cuccioli, Marc De la Cruz, George Dvorsky, Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Ann Harada, Leah Hocking, Richard Jay-Alexander, Judy Kaye, Jeff Keller, Eddie Korbich, Michael McCormick, N’Kenge, Barry Pearl, Gabriella Pizzolo, Stephanie Pope, Faith Prince, Courtney Reed, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Rosen, Jennifer Sanchez, Analise Scarpaci, Tony Sheldon, Ryan Silverman and Paulo Szot. Also present to answer questions will be the creators of the video, as well as a spokesperson for the Actors Fund who will speak about related experiences and expectations for the stage world. Among those creators is Michael Yeshion, the videographer who has made theatrical and film-making magic, assembling the videos that the performers self-taped.

“The theatre community is a remarkable source of support and hope, even at times like the current pandemic.  Members of the community have banded together to celebrate the unique phoenix that is live theatre.  Our video is to benefit the Actors Fund, which is cushioning the difficulties till we reach the other side of the tunnel to Broadway and stages around the world. You are invited to join in our celebration and help reinforce our love and certainty of the theatre’s future.” – Michael Colby

 Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

COVID-19 update from the Actors Fund: To assist everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment across the country, we’re collaborating with our community to help navigate these challenging times.  Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has distributed more than $15 million in emergency financial assistance to over 12,000 people in our industry. This money is helping people cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out.

MICHAEL COLBY (Lyricist) is the writer of such musicals as Charlotte Sweet (Drama Desk Award nomination), North Atlantic (Show Business Award), and Tales of Tinseltown (all-star recording on JAY Records).  Other collaborations with Ned Paul Ginsburg are They Chose Me! and lyrics to Boynton Beach Club.  Upcoming projects include the Broadway-bound Dangerous and a CD of Maureen Taylor’s MAC Award-nominated tribute to his songs, Cosmic Connections.  He is author of the popular book, The Algonquin Kid.

NED PAUL GINSBURG (Composer/Orchestrator): Composing awards: NEA, NARAS, SGA, Jazz Educators, Downbeat Magazine. Shows: Boynton Beach Club, Betwixt & Between, A Crown of Straw, They Chose Me!  TV/Film: Disney Channel, CBS, ABC, etc. Orchestrations: Broadway (contributor): Kiss Me Kate, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Zhivago, Liza At The Palace, Minnelli On Minnelli, Gershwins’ Fascinatin’ Rhythm, and for many off-Broadway/Regional shows and celebrity entertainers. His lecture, “The Composer/Orchestrator Collaboration” has been delivered in academic and professional settings in the U.S., France, Germany, Taiwan, Bosnia, New Zealand and Australia. 

MICHAEL YESHION (Videographer) is an international multimedia artist, specializing in all things photography, design, and performance. His photography has been featured on Playbill, BroadwayWorld, and Backstage, with clients from Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, and business CEOs.  Performing credits include Carnegie Hall, Ford’s Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Baltimore Centerstage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, Resident Theatre Company and abroad at the Resorts World Genting Resort. BFA in Acting from SMU and a proud member of AEA.  

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