Covenant House Florida, a Ft. Lauderdale not-for-profit that helps homeless youth and young adults, will be presenting Night of Broadway Stars 2016 on Saturday, February 13 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale at 6:30 p.m.
The gala event will feature a Valentine’s Day theme showcasing classic love songs from Broadway – ranging from Phantom of the Opera’s, “All I Ask of You” to Wicked’s, “As Long as You’re Mine” performed by A-list Broadway talent all to benefit the organization.
The $225 ticket price includes the 2-hour Amaturo Theater show as well as gourmet dinner stations, live and silent auctions and post-show dessert and champagne reception with the stars and Covenant House Florida youth.
“What makes this event so special is that it is a true Broadway performance from classic Broadway shows,” said Cindy Schutt, Night of Broadway Stars Chair, who has been involved with the annual event since its inception in 2010.
Night of Broadway Stars is the brainchild of award-winning lyricist/performer Neil Berg, who felt compelled to create a fundraiser for Covenant House sites across the country after visiting the organization’s New Jersey facility. Berg used his Broadway connections to bring together great talent to create a captivating show to benefit the Covenant House sites across the nation.
In addition to Berg, who narrates and plays the piano, performers* slated to take the Amaturo Theater stage include:
- Craig Schulman (Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera)
- Danny Zolli (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita)
- Jeannette Bayardelle (Hair, The Color Purple)
- David Elder (42nd Street, Guys and Dolls)
- Rita Harvey (Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof)
- Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, The Thing About Men)
- Roger Cohen (performed with Martin Short, Rita Moreno)
One unique component of the show is a performance by the homeless young people who live at the Covenant House shelter. A moving grand finale brings the Broadway stars and kids together to perform a number like “Lean on Me” or “With a Little Help from My Friends,” typically to a standing ovation by the 400+ guests in attendance.
For the third year in a row, Roxanne Vargas, entertainment reporter and host of NBC6’s Six in the Mix, will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the event. Supporter Gordon W. Latz of the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation will auction off a luxury cruise for two to any port around the world provided by Azamara Club Cruises, a New York trip featuring two orchestra seats to Beautiful, The Carole King Musical on Broadway with backstage tour, and turquoise and diamond earrings from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry.
Night of Broadway Stars 2016 will honor longtime supporter Jen Klaassens, who has gone above and beyond for the youth and young adults served by Covenant House Florida. In addition to volunteering and raising funds for Covenant House Florida, many important organizations benefit from Klaassens’ infectious enthusiasm and tireless dedication, including Operation Mobilization’s 2013 Freedom Climb. Her depth of caring led her to climb Mt. Everest on behalf of the organization, bringing much-needed awareness to human trafficking.
Matinée sponsors include Accenture, Navigant and T&G Constructors, and Rising Star sponsors are Azamara Club Cruises, BB&T, Rev. Kris Bartos, Brinkley Morgan, Cindy Schutt PR, Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, FPL, Food Management Associates, Holy Cross, Jen Klaassens Consulting, Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, One Hotel Central Park, Toshiba Business Solutions and The Westin Fort Lauderdale. The media sponsor is THINK magazine.