Bebe Neuwirth & Friends: A Very Special Benefit Performance
Abrons Arts Center of Henry Street Settlement (466 Grand Street)


Monday, October, 3, 2011
Reception: 7 p.m. | Performance: 8 p.m.

Please join us for a very special performance by Bebe Neuwirth and friends, to benefit a unique partnership between Henry Street Settlement and Equine Advocates. Sharing the stage with Bebe will be fellow Broadway stars Brenda Braxton, Jason Danieley, Brian d'Arcy James, Marin Mazzie, and Roger Rees, as well as the Dontee Kiehn Dance Company. All guests are invited to a reception in the Abrons Arts Center's gallery space at 7 p.m.

Ticket Categories:

  • Benefactor @ $1,000 per person
    Premium Seating, Reception & Backstage with Bebe 
  • Patron @ $500 per person
    Reserved Seating & Reception  
  • Sponsor @ $250 per person
    General Admission & Reception


Your contribution, less $50 per ticket, is tax-deductible (tax ID#131562242). For additional information, please contact Sari Weintraub, Development Services Coordinator, at 212.766.9200 x236 or e-mail

Benefit Committee:

Joan Allen
Philip S. Birsh
Danny Glover
James Earl Jones
Louise Riggio
Suzanne Shepherd
Ellen Sosnow
Max Weintraub
Richard Abrons
Lydia Fenet
Alan Glatt
Ian Highet
Hope Holiner
Ernest Kalman
Joan Kalman
Josephine Lume
Donna Nadeau
Jeffrey Tucker
Michael Wolkowitz

About This Unique Partnership:

Henry Street Settlement, founded in 1893 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, provides social services, arts and health care programs to New Yorkers of all ages. Equine Advocates has helped rescue thousands of horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect since 1996. Several groups of children in Henry Street programs — many of whom live in shelters — have visited the Equine Advocates sanctuary, and more trips are planned. The opportunity to learn about the horses, see them close-up, pet and even groom them, has been a transformative experience for our children. (Read more about the children's visits to Equine Advocates.)

About the Performers:

Bebe Neuwirth has achieved extraordinary success in theater, television and film. In 1980, she made her Broadway debut in A Chorus Line. She then appeared in Little Me, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity, for which she won her first Tony Award, followed by Damn Yankees and Fosse. Bebe won her second Tony, as well as the Drama Desk, Astaire, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Distinguished Performance of the Year Awards for her portrayal of Velma in Chicago. A few years later she played Roxie in the show, making her the only triple-threat to have played both parts on Broadway. Most recently, Bebe starred as Morticia in the Broadway musical The Addams Family. Bebe is also known for her work in film and television. She won two Emmys for her role of Lilith Sternin Crane on Cheers, and was nominated for Emmys for her work on Frasier and for her portrayal of Dorothy Parker in the TV movie Dash and Lilly. She has appeared in numerous films, including Say Anything, Green Card, Bugsy, Jumanji, Summer of Sam, Liberty Heights, Celebrity and Tadpole. bebe.jpg
Brenda Braxton was last seen as Velma Kelly in Broadway’s hit musical Chicago. Prior to that, she was featured on Broadway in the hit musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe, which earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago’s Jefferson Award and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. She co-directed and co choreographed the acclaimed 2001 Actors’ Fund Benefit Concert of Dreamgirls. Other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original production of Dreamgirls. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award and the Josephine Baker Award for her work as founder of Leading Ladies Just for Teens, seminars geared to empowering teenage girls. bebe.jpg
Jason Danieley has entertained audiences from New York's Theatre District and London's West End to Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Having most recently starred on Broadway in Next to Normal, Jason is possibly most recognized from his performance as Lt. Joe Cable in the Emmy nominated PBS Great Performance airing of South Pacific at Carnegie Hall. On Broadway, he also starred as Aaron Fox in Kander & Ebb's Curtains (Outer Critics Circle Nomination). He made his Broadway debut as the title character in Candide, directed by theater legend Harold Prince (Theatre World Award, Drama League Award, and Drama Desk nomination). He took it all off for The Full Monty in the original Broadway and West End casts.
Brian d'Arcy James most recently earned rave reviews in the Broadway play Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, starring along side Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Eric Bogosian at the Cort Theater. Another recent highlight includes singing for President Obama and the First Family in the East Room for A Broadway Celebration: In Performace at the White House. Brian originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal at Second Stage Theater and reprised his role in the Broadway production this past summer. He is currently shooting two new network television pilots.
Dontee Kiehn is presently Associate Choreographer for the Broadway musical The Addams Family. Additional credits and collaborations include The Winter's Tale (NY Public Theater), Next to Normal (Broadway/National Tour Associate), A Doll's House and 10 Cents a Dance (Williamstown Theater Festival), Pride and Prejudice (Eastman Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare), Saved (Playwrights Horizon, Associate), I Got Fired (NYMF/Korea's Daegu International Festival), The Nightingale and the Rose (Metropolis Opera Company, Director) Hansel and Gretel (Houston Grand Opera, Associate), and original choreographic pieces for DRA's Dance from the Heart and Fire Island Dance Festival. bebe.jpg
Marin Mazzie has starred in some of the most memorable musicals on the Broadway stage and London's West End. Having most recently starred on Broadway in Next to Normal, Marin also received Tony and Drama Desk nominations and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as Lilli/Katharine in the hit revival of Kiss Me, Kate, and later received an Olivier Award nomination when she made her West End debut in the show. Other Broadway credits include Enron (Drama League nomination), Monty Python's Spamalot (also West End), Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations), Passion (Tony nomination), Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Big River, Out of This World and Kismet. bebe.jpg
Roger Rees is currently starring as Gomez in the Broadway musical The Addams Family. Formerly a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Roger won a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for his performance of the title role in the original production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and he played Malcolm in Trevor Nunn's acclaimed stage and television productions of Macbeth. Roger starred in the Broadway play Indiscretions (Tony nomination) and West End productions of Waiting for Godot and The Real Thing. On television, Roger is best known to American audiences as Robin Colcord on the hit sitcom Cheers and Lord John Marbury on the political drama The West Wing. His film credits include Frida, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and The Prestige. bebe.jpg

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

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