The 4th Annual 

June 24, 2019

Gershwin Theatre

7:30 p.m.

Arts for Autism Benefit Concert 

Created By:

THE 2019 BROADWAY CAST

Billy Elliot, Australia 

Katie Mollison 

McKynleigh Abraham  

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical  

Adam Jacobs

Aladdin

Betsy Wolfe 

Waitress 

Samantha Sturm

My Fair Lady

The Cher Show

Michal Kolaczkowski

Kara Lindsay 

Wicked 

Jelani Remy 

Ain’t Too Proud

John Michael Dias  

Jersey Boys 

Libby Servais 

Wicked 

Phoenix Best

Dear Evan Hansen

Teal Wicks

The Cher Show

Dee Roscioli 

The Cher Show

Tory Trowbridge

The Cher Show

Jacque Carnahan

Cinderella, National Tour

Jennifer Noble

King Kong

Kelli O'Hara

Show Host

Tony Award winner, 

The King and I, 2019 Tony Award nominee, Kiss Me, Kate

Will Chase 

Tony Award nominee, The Mystery of Edwin 

Drood

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MICKEY ROWE

Mickey Rowe was the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and one of the first autistic actors to get to play any autistic character. 


He has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Teen Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Huffington Post, Salon, has keynoted at organizations including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Yale School of Drama, and more. 


He is completing his MFA in Artistic Leadership. Mickey has worked with Syracuse Stage, 

Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Seattle Opera, SCT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Ashland New Plays Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Midnight Projects, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is a juggler, stilt walker, unicyclist, hat manipulator, acrobat, and more. Mickey Rowe is co executive director of National Disability Theatre.

ARTS FOR AUTISM CHOIR

Danielle Erin Rhodes

Murder for Two, Regional

DeMond B. Nason

Walmartopia, Off-Broadway

Dewey Caddell

Finian’s Rainbow, Off-Broadway

Hannah DelMonte

Fiddler on the Roof

Jennifer Lorae

Tarzan, Regional

Jessica Freedman

James and the Giant Peach, Regional

Laura Snell

Avenue Q 

National Tour 

Madeline Fansler

Kinky Boots National Tour

Paige Sommerer

South Pacific, Regional

Paul Pilcz

Bye Bye Birdie

Jayson Kerr

Evita National Tour

Melanie Goerlitz

Daniel Plimpton

The Book of Mormon 

Ian Laskowski

Cats National Tour 

Carnegie Hall

ARTS FOR AUTISM DANCERS

Alice Bacani

Nimbus 2 Company Member

Angela Price

The Polar Express Experience 

Bryce Colby Vaewsorn

West Side Story, Regional

Heather Tepe

Matilda

Jacqueline Agrusa

Jonas Brothers Dancer

Marie DiNorcia

The Music Man, Regional

Sarah Juliet Shaw

The Little Mermaid, Regional

Sarah Lewandowski

On The Town, Intrepid

Scott Difford

The Book Of Mormon

TJ Kubler

Newsies, Regional

Gino Bloomberg

Newsies, Regional 

Colby Lindeman

The Cher Show

Abigail Miller

Theatre of Dreams

Matilda, Regional

Ross Thompson

CREATIVE TEAM

Artistic Director: Jacque Carnahan  

Concert Director: David Alpert   

Music Director: Meg Zervoulis 

Orchestrations: Keiji Ishiguri,

 Isaac Alter, Conor Keela 

Music Copyist: Michael Mahadeen 


 

PRODUCERS

Michael Holzer

Believe NYC

Educational Travel Adventures

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SHOW SPONSORS

"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

WHAT IS ARTS FOR AUTISM

STARS FROM THE FOLLOWING HIT SHOWS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ARTS FOR AUTISM

Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit concert where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country onstage at the Gershwin Theatre (home to Broadway's production of Wicked). We are excited to welcome back Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) as she hosts the show for the third time. Also headlining this year's show is O'Hara's Kiss Me, Kate co-star Tony Award nominee and Nashville TV show superstar Will Chase. Joining O'Hara, Chase and 100s of students will be over 25 of the biggest names on Broadway. 


Together they'll perform, spread awareness, and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding for those affected by autism. This year will mark the fourth annual benefit concert with 100% of the ticket sale proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. To date, the show has raised $120,000 for Autism Speaks. We are looking forward to another exciting and impactful event this June! 


The show was created by Jacque Carnahan and Michael Holzer.

JOIN US IN NEW YORK CITY

Wicked

Matilda

Les Miserables

The Bridges of Madison County

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


Bye Bye Birdie

Murder for Two

Raisin

Spongebob

Rocky

Motown The Musical

 Bandstand

South Pacific

SISTAS: The Musical

Bring It On

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.

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

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

JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF AUTISM SPEAKS

If you cannot make the show, but you'd like to make a donation, you can do so through our online fundraising page. The fundraising platform is hosted by Autism Speaks, which means there are no fees, and 100% of the money raised will be given to the cause.

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

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