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Josh Groban, Ramin Karimloo, Lena Hall, and More at Only Make Believe Gala

Josh Groban was honored with the Sir Ian McKellen Award for philanthropy and activism.

Cecily Strong hosted the Make Believe on Broadway gala honoring Josh Groban at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
(© Allison Stock)

Only Make Believe held its annual Make Believe on Broadway gala on November 6 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong hosted the event, which honored Josh Groban with the Sir Ian McKellen Award for philanthropy and activism. Check out photos from the event in the gallery below.


Broadway vets Joe DiPietro and Brad Oscar directed the event, with musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello. The list of performers included Ramin Karimloo, Thomas Roberts, Lena Hall, Sierra Boggess, Betsy Wolfe, Siobhan Dillon, Montego Glover, Bryan Terrell Clarke, Robert Cuccioli, and Greg Hildreth.

Only Make Believe is a nonprofit organization that creates and performs interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities. The group's members are dedicated to the principle that freeing a child's imagination is a valuable part of the healing process. The group has served over 52,000 children since 1999 and has performed in over 55 hospitals and care facilities in the New York and Washington, D.C., metro areas.