James Snyder (In Transit) and T. Oliver Reid (Sunset Boulevard) have joined the lineup for the seventh-annual Broadway Belts for PPF!, taking place February 27 at The Edison Ballroom. Julie Halston (You Can't Take It With You), one of the nation's leading advocates for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, began the event in 2010 and will once again serve as host.
Snyder and Reid will join previously announced performers including Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore), Robert Creighton (Cagney), Randy Graff (Fiddler on the Roof), Stephanie Mills (The Wiz), Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Lucas Steele (The Great Comet), and NBC newscaster Gus Rosendale.
The annual event, which features Broadway stars performing some of their favorite songs, began as a tribute to Michael Kuchwara, the beloved Broadway theater critic of the Associated Press, who died suddenly of pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. Halston's husband, newscaster Ralph Howard, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis a short time later, eventually receiving a lung transplant.
To date, Broadway Belts for PFF! has raised nearly $500,000 for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, and is the largest single fundraiser for the organization, based in Chicago.
The concert will be directed by Carl Andress with Christopher McGovern as musical director and music supervision by Ed Windels. The benefit is produced for the seventh straight year by D. Michael Dvorchak, Sue Frost, Julie Halston, and Ed Windels.
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