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JUNE 2019 / NEW YORK, NY

YOUR BROADWAY DEBUT

Performing arts students from around the country share a stage with the biggest names on Broadway for an inspirational night to benefit Autism Speaks!

APPLY NOW before all the spots are filled!

THE 2018 BROADWAY CAST

CREATIVE TEAM


Jacque Carnahan: Artistic Director 

David Alpert: Concert Director  

Paul Staroba: Music Director

Somewhere Choreography: Tim McGarrigal

Orchestrations and Arrangements: Keiji Ishiguri, Isaac Alter, Michael Radi, Jeff Marder


PRODUCERS


Michael Holzer

Believe NYC

Educational Travel Adventures

Christopher Jackson

Show Host, Tony nominee Hamilton

Max von Essen

Tony nominee  

An American in Paris

Denée Benton

Tony nominee Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812


John Michael Dias

Jersey Boys

Jacque Carnahan

Artistic Director

Kelvin Moon Loh

SpongeBob SquarePants

Carrie St. Louis

Wicked

John Eric Parker

The Book of Mormon

Brynn Williams

Spongebob Squarepants

Tyler John Logan

West Side Story

Antuan Magic Raimone

Hamilton

Taylor Broadard

National Tour: Memphis

Danielle Erin Rhodes

Arkansas Repertory: Les Mierables

Hannah DelMonte

Fiddler On the Roof

DeMond Nason

Off-Broadway: Walmartopia

Paul Pilcz

Bye Bye Birdie

Eric van Tielen

Les Miserables

Jodi DiPiazza

Broadway Debut

Miriam Steinberg

Broadway Debut

Dean DeLuna

West Side Story

Jillian Jameson

National Tour: The Sound of Music


Tess Soltau

Wicked

Jayson Kerr

National Tour: Evita


Nicholas Ward

Frozen

Tommy Byrne & Isabella

Broadway Debut

Christine Andreas

Tony nominee: Oklahoma!

Brian Brammer

WPPAC: The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

Sarah Kay Marchetti

The Metropolitan Opera

Mindy Wallace

Bandstand

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Ixchel Cuellar

 Finding Neverland

Lauren Zakrin

Conor Tague

Broadway Debut

Mckynleigh Abraham

Beautiful, The Carole 

King Musical

Ali Hodge

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

Traci Elaine Lee

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

Brittany Jeffery

Me and My Gal

Jennifer Lorae

Hard Times

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

HOW CAN MY SCHOOL APPLY TO PERFORM?

  • EASY! We're happy you're considering joining this incredible evening!
  • Download and submit the Arts for Autism application to info@artsforautism.net.
  • Along with the application, please submit video links of group performances.

"This event to me is special because it shows that there isn't one way to tell a story. The power of song. The power of dance. It has a farther reach than just entertainment. We can do something. We can do something really important."


- Kelvin Moon Loh, The King and I & Spongebob

Arts for Autism 2017 Highlights

Arts for Autism 2016 Highlights

WHAT IS ARTS FOR AUTISM?

In 2016 and 2017 the show was hosted by Tony Award Winner, Kelli O'Hara (The King and I). Joining her were Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Chris Jackson (Hamilton), Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along), and many more! Performers from the following Broadway hits have starred in Arts for Autism: 


Wicked

Matilda

Les Miserables

Beautiful

Dear Evan Hansen

Hamilton

The King and I

Newsies

Falsettos

Side Show

Bright Star

Shuffle Along

Jersey Boys

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Finding Neverland

Once

In The Heights

Motown The Musical

Rocky

Pacific Overtures

Murder for Two

Bye Bye Birdie


PAST BROADWAY PERFORMERS

How it all works. The show is open to dance groups, choir groups, and musical theatre groups. Selected student performance groups are given a Broadway number to choreograph and rehearse at their home studio. Once in New York City, student groups will work with Broadway choreographers and directors to finalize routines, integrate Broadway actors into the number, and rehearse on stage. Our Broadway orchestra and choir will accompany each number and lighting will be timed on stage setting the magical mood of the evening.


We recommend participation in the Arts for Autism benefit concert be bookended by a few days in New York City to explore and immerse your students in the performance culture of the Big Apple. We will put together a customized itinerary that fits your educational goals, as well as handle all reservation and logistics. We do it all for you, so you can focus on what's most important, your students.  

FOR PERFORMANCE EDUCATORS

Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country onstage at the Gershwin Theatre (home to Wicked). Together they'll perform, spread awareness, and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding for those affected by autism. This year will mark the third annual benefit concert with 100% of the ticket sale proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. The show raised $36,000 in 2016 and $45,000 in 2017. We are looking forward to another exciting and impactful event this June! 

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to watching your favorite Broadway actors perform on one stage, you will learn the personal stories, triumphs and challenges from those on the autism spectrum and their family members. A keynote speaker delivers powerful perspective through their journey, and the annual and powerful "I believe" statements are made by youth on the spectrum. It is a magical night ending in a supportive standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID IN 2018

100

STUDENTS

32

BROADWAY STARS

$45,000+

RAISED FOR

AUTISM SPEAKS

1

NIGHT

1200

PEOPLE IN ATTENDENCE

*Arts for Autism has donated over $120,000 to Autism Speaks since 2016.

THE 2017 BROADWAY CAST

CREATED BY:


David Alpert - Director

Sonny Paladino - Musical Director

Jacque Carnahan - Artistic Director

Assaf Gleizner - Orchestrations & Vocal Arrangements

Michael Holzer - Producer

Carleigh Bettiol

Hamilton, Bandstand

Teal Wicks

Betsy Struxness

Sasha Hutchings

Original Broadway Cast Member in Hamilton

Hamilton, Rocky, Motown The Musical

Wicked, Finding Neverland


Kelli O'Hara

Tony award winner The King and I

Stephanie J. Block

Christopher Jackson

Adrienne Warren

Tony nominee 

Falsettos

Tony nominee Hamilton

Tony nominee Shuffle Along

Currently Cynthia in Dear Evan Hansen

Jennifer Laura Thompson

The King and I, Spongebob

Kelvin Moon Loh

Libby Servais

Standby Glinda in Wicked

Danielle Erin Rhodes

DeMond B. Nason

First Female Performer in Murder for Two

Off-Broadway: Walmartopia

Paul Pilcz

Warren G. Nolan Jr.

Paige Sommerer

Off Broadway: Raisin

South Pacific at Paper Mill Playhouse

Bye Bye Birdie

Emilie Battle


Off-Broadway: SISTAS The Musical

Abby Mueller

John Michael Dias

Heather Tepe

Beautiful, the Carole King Musical

Matilda

Beautiful, the Carole King Musical

Okieriete Onaodowan

Original Broadway Cast member in Hamilton

Eric Van Tielen

Les Miserables

Keve Wilson

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Jennifer Fouché

Off-Broadway: SISTAS The Musical

Mina Cuesta

Arts for Autism

Scott Difford

Matilda, The Book of Mornon

Jacque Carnahan

From Main Street to 42nd Street

Garrett Long

Dear Evan Hansen, Fun Home

Alicia Albright

Original Broadway cast of Frozen

STARRING:

  • Kelli O'Hara - Tony Award Winner, The King and I (Host)
  • Paul Alexander Nolan - Once
  • Erin Davie - Side Show
  • Emily Padgett - Bright Star
  • Carly Hughes - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • Dominic Scaglione Jr - Jersey Boys
  • Jevon McFerrin - Jersey Boys


THE 2016 BROADWAY CAST

  • Dwayne Cooper - Motown
  • Dominic Nofi - Motown
  • John Michael Dias - Jersey Boys
  • Correy West - South Pacific
  • Erikka Walsh - Once
  • Julia Murney - Wicked
  • Joseph Morales - In the Heights
  • Jennifer DiNoia - Wicked
  • Julie Reiber - Wicked



  • Ben Cook - Newsies
  • DeMarius Copes - Newsies
  • Daniel J Deluca - Newsies
  • Damon Gillespie - Newsies
  • Gina Claire Mason - Wicked


  • David Alpert - Director
  • Sonny Paladino - Musical Director
  • Assef Gleizner - Orchestrations & Vocal Arrangements
  • Jacque Carnahan - Artistic Director
  • Michael Holzer - Producer
  • The Doo Woop Project - Performance Group

CREATED BY:

"I believe all people need to be respected and accepted for who they are."

- Laura Osnes, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee, Cinderella & Bonnie & Clyde

We are thrilled to support Autism Speaks with this exciting and meaningful event. Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. Through partnerships and collaboration, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; being a catalyst for research breakthroughs; increasing early-childhood screening and intervention; improving the transition to adulthood; and ensuring access to reliable information and services throughout the life span. For more information about Autism Speaks please visit www.autismspeaks.org

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS

READY TO APPLY?

  • Great! We're standing by for your application!
  • Download and submit the Arts for Autism application to info@artsforautism.net.
  • Along with the application, please submit video links of group performances.