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Philanthropy unites Broadway stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Judith Light, and more. The Broadway Gives Back Podcast spotlights Broadway actors, shows, and organizations in their pursuit of social impact and doing good. Our talented guests will share stories about their favorite charities, how they got involved, and the people and causes who have benefited from these philanthropic efforts. From stars to stagehands, cast members to front of house, and causes large and small, we ...
 
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Hugh Jackman is the most down to earth superhero. A multiple award winner with Tonys, Emmys, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe, Hugh won a special Tony Award in 2012 recognizing his accomplishments as a performer and a humanitarian. Hugh and his wife, Deb Furness, support a number of important causes, and he has broken the fundraising record for Broadwa…
 
Dori Berinstein is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian, a four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, an Olivier Award winner, Golden Globe nominee. She’s also the Co-Founder/CEO of the Broadway Podcast Network. Sammi Cannold (Dori’s daughter) is a director who is one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, and has worked on an…
 
Broadway power couple Sergio Trujillo and Jack Noseworthy are as magnetic offstage as they are onstage. Sergio began his career on Broadway as a performer in such legendary musicals as JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, GUYS AND DOLLS, and FOSSE before becoming one of the industry’s most sought after choreographers, including MEMPHIS, JERSEY BOYS, ON YOUR F…
 
SPRING AWAKENING, HAMILTON, FROZEN, LOOKING, MINDHUNTERS, GLEE… Jonathan Groff is a Grammy winner, Obie winner, two-time Tony nominee, and Emmy nominee. From Melchior to Kristoff, King George, and more, he’s a familiar face on stage, screen, and television. In addition to supporting causes like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, LGBTQIA+ rights, an…
 
Cody Renard Richard is an advocate, educator, producer, and professional stage manager with a career that spans Broadway, television, Cirque Du Soleil, and opera. On Broadway, he has stage managed 14 productions and was most recently the Production Stage Manager and Associate Director for FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, a co-producer on THOUGHTS OF A COLOR…
 
Heather Hitchens is the President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing. As CEO, she is charged with co-presenting and maintaining the Wing’s brand of excellence in the Tony Awards as well as the Wing’s other vital grant-making and professional development, educational, and media programs. Join Heather as she takes us backstage at the Wing, supporting…
 
Our guest this week—Naila McKenzie Ross—is spearheading change in the fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Disney Theatrical Production’s Director of Inclusion Strategy, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, a board member of the Black Theatre Coalition and Broadway Advocacy Coalition, and an active member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusi…
 
Tony Award nominee Rory O’Malley has appeared on Broadway in THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and HAMILTON, and is a familiar face in films and on television. He also supports a number of really important causes, including the fight for gay marriage, arts education with his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University, and m…
 
Kellie Overbey, is—to quote her Twitter and Instagram bios—a “democrat, activist, feminist, actor, reader, writer, knitter,” and, perhaps most importantly, a “mouthy agitator.” Kellie has worked for over 30 years as a professional actress in theater, television, and film. She has performed in over 70 plays, has written several plays, and penned the…
 
Lois Robbins is an accomplished actress whose work spans theater, television, and film. She also hosts The LoDown, her highly successful Instagram Live program and podcast, where she explores voices inside and outside the entertainment industry. Join Lois as she shares "The LoDown" on her extensive philanthropic work and her dreams for a better wor…
 
From his Tony Award-winning role as everybody’s favorite genie in ALADDIN to rapping as J-Soul in FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, Broadway has never had a friend like James Monroe Iglehart. He’s also appeared in HAMILTON, MEMPHIS, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and CHICAGO, and stars in the fantastic new audio drama called TWITS on the Broadwa…
 
We’re dancing our way into 2022 with two very special guests. Jerry Mitchell is a two-time Tony Award-winning choreographer for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and KINKY BOOTS, both of which he also directed. His directing credits also include LEGALLY BLONDE, ON YOUR FEET!, and PRETTY WOMAN. Offstage, Jerry has made a significant impact as the creator of Broadw…
 
Best known for his roles as Bob Gaudio in the touring company and Clint Eastwood’s film version of JERSEY BOYS and as Blake Moran in the hit CBS television series MADAM SECRETARY, Erich Bergen made his Broadway debut in 2018 in the hit musical WAITRESS, and recently returned to the show for a limited run. During the pandemic, he started a side hust…
 
Miracle on 22nd Street is an amazing holiday charity that connects families in need with real-life elves. Join founder Jim Glaub as he tells the fascinating backstory behind these “Dear Santa” letters and the joys of giving back. Learn more about about the worthy causes discussed in this episodes and how you can donate and/or help: Miracle on 22nd …
 
Norm Lewis is a talented singer, actor, and performer and possesses one of Broadway’s best baritones. For his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, he received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Norm’s many other theater credits include SIDE SHOW, THE LITTLE MERMAI…
 
This week’s episode shines a spotlight on The Stuttering Association for the Young, or SAY, a national nonprofit that empowers, educates, and supports young people who stutter and the world that surrounds them. SAY offers comprehensive and innovative programs that address the physical, social, and emotional impacts of stuttering by providing suppor…
 
Frank DiLella is one of Broadway’s most recognizable faces. As the Emmy Award winning host of ON STAGE, a weekly theater program on Spectrum News NY1, Frank has served as a correspondent on- and off-Broadway and around the world, and hosts his own podcast “Show and Tell with Frank DiLella” on iHeart Radio. A strong advocate for arts education, join…
 
Britton Smith is a founding member and the President of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, the Tony Award-winning organization that unites artists, experts, students, and community leaders to use storytelling and artistry to combat systemic racism. He has also appeared as an actor on Broadway in BE MORE CHILL, AFTER MIDNIGHT, and SHUFFLE ALONG, as we…
 
For Broadway fans, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mom. But she’s also a Board Member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Theater Wing. As a psychologist and psychoanalyst, her career has focused on providing services to underserved communities in Upper Manhattan an…
 
Todd Wagner is founder and CEO of Charity Network, a company that harnesses the power of celebrity, technology, and media to raise awareness and funds for causes around the world. In 1995 he introduced streaming media to the world when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban and later sold the company to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. …
 
Marissa Jaret Winokur is one of “the nicest kids in town.” Best known for her Tony Award-winning role as “Tracy Turnblad” in the hit Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY, Marissa has also starred in film and TV, where she also became the first winner of CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER. In addition to being an award winning artist, she’s a cancer survivor, a wife, a mo…
 
Bianca Marroquín made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the hit revival of CHICAGO and has returned to that show during Broadway’s reopening as Velma Kelly. From a successful stage career in Mexico City to IN THE HEIGHTS and THE PAJAMA GAME on Broadway, playing Chita Rivera in FX’s FOSSE/VERDON, and a starring role in the Apple TV series ACAPULCO…
 
Best known for her amazing Broadway debut as Gloria Estefan in ON YOUR FEET, Ana Villafañe currently stars as the legendary Roxie Hart, one half of the killer diller team in the hit revival of CHICAGO. She also lends her voice and her talents to a number of important causes, including supporting individuals with arthritis and homeless children. Joi…
 
Luis Salgado got his Broadway debut as a performer and Assistant Choreographer on IN THE HEIGHTS and has since gone on to perform in many shows, including WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, ROCKY, and ON YOUR FEET. As a director, choreographer, performer, and teacher, Luis is passionately dedicated to his Latin roots. His company, Salgado P…
 
Nick Wyman is a familiar face on Broadway, in film, television, and over 100 commercials. He was recently acclaimed for his work opposite Bryan Cranston in NETWORK, his 16th Broadway show. Other credits include the original cast of LES MISERABLES, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, MY FAIR LADY, and the original cast of THE PHANTOM OF T…
 
That’s a rap! As part of the three-day Curtain Up! celebration of Broadway’s reopening this past weekend, Broadway Gives Back host Jan Svendsen joined FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME cast members Kaila Mullady, Anthony Veneziale, Tarik Davis, and James Monroe Iglehart to discuss the hit Broadway show returning to the Booth Theater in October. Connect with F…
 
Best known for his Tony Award-winning role as “Dad” in the hit musical BILLY ELLIOT, Gregory Jbara has also starred in DAMN YANKEES, VICTOR/VICTORIA, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, CHICAGO, and many more. A familiar face in film and on television as well, he’s currently filming his 12th season in his role as “Garrett Moore” on the hit CBS police drama BL…
 
For over 20 years, Project ALS has been on the frontlines in the fight against ALS, identifying and funding scientific and medical research that will lead to the first effective treatments and a cure. To date, Project ALS has raised over $120 million. Join three of Project ALS’ biggest supporters—founder Valerie Estess, Broadway icon and 7-time Ton…
 
Cady Huffman is best known for her bodacious, Tony-winning role as Ulla in the hit musical THE PRODUCERS. She’s an actress, singer, dancer, producer, and director, and a familiar face in film and on television. She’s also a passionate advocate for a number of causes, including arts education, AIDS awareness, breast cancer research, women’s heart he…
 
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome back to the Broadway Gives Back Podcast Season 2! Joel Grey is best known for his immortal portrayal of the Emcee in CABARET, which won him the Tony and an Academy Award. But Joel has had a distinguished career for nearly 70 years—GEORGE M!, CHICAGO, WICKED, ANYTHING GOES, and so many more. He co-directed the Tony Awa…
 
Season 1 of Broadway Gives Back featured some of the brightest lights of Broadway in front of the footlights and backstage sharing their very personal journeys of doing good. For this special bonus episode, join Executive Producer Jan Svendsen, co-producer Jim Lochner, Broadway Podcast Network co-founder Dori Berinstein, our amazing sound engineer …
 
From standup comedy to movies, TV, and Broadway, Rosie O’Donnell has done it all. She has been a 3-time host of The Tony Awards, winning a Primetime Emmy as host of the 1998 Tonys, and she has been a tireless supporter of Broadway during the six years she hosted her daytime talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show (for which she won an astonishing 11 Da…
 
New 42 is a leading nonprofit with a mission to make performing arts a vital part of everyone’s life from the earliest years onward. Through their signature projects—the New Victory Theater and New 42 Studios—New 42 serves artists, educators, and New Yorkers of all ages with invaluable arts engagement and resources related to the performing arts. J…
 
From Breaking Bad, The Boys, and her iconic performance as Susan, the lesbian lover to Ross’s ex-wife on Friends to recent hits like The Sinner and Special, Jessica Hecht has been a familiar and welcome presence on film, television, and stage for nearly 30 years. She also lends her voice and talent to raising money for a number of important causes.…
 
Over the last few months, dozens of Broadway luminaries have shared stories about their careers, their views on doing good, and their hopes and dreams for a better Broadway when it reopens this fall. During the shutdown, the theater industry came under much-needed scrutiny for many of its long-established practices onstage and off. While the excite…
 
Doing good—and doing it well—requires out-of-the-box thinking. And few people demonstrate that type of thinking more than today’s guest. As the President of Propper Daley, Greg Propper spends his days helping brands, nonprofits, and philanthropists accelerate positive change in the world. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in film, televisi…
 
Broadway fans around the world rely on BroadwayWorld.com to stay up to date on the latest news and to connect to the theater community. Founded in 2003, Broadway World is the largest theater website in the world, covering everything behind the curtain and in front of the footlights as well as being mindful of its corporate social responsibility mis…
 
From the Super Bowl to Broadway’s biggest hits, Damian Bazadona has led digital marketing efforts for some of the world’s leading brands. He’s the founder of the digital advertising agency Situation, a speaker, the co-creator of TedXBroadway, a thought leader, and a philanthropist. Damian has been working with stakeholders on Broadway, in the enter…
 
In 2005, John Lloyd Young took Broadway by storm with his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS. He won the Tony Award, a Drama Desk, a Theatre World Award, and a Grammy for his memorable performance as well as starring in Clint Eastwood’s 2014 film version. Throughout his career, he has used his voice and hi…
 
Talk to anybody in the entertainment industry—not just Broadway!—and they’ll sing the praises of The Actors Fund, which provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals. The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio, and dance, with programs including social services, emergency financial assista…
 
From HAIR and A CHORUS LINE to HAMILTON and many more, for over 65 years The Public Theater has shaped the stories of tomorrow. The Public by the numbers... Founded in 1954 by Joseph Papp as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 184 Obie Awards, 55 Drama Desk Awards, 58 Lortel Awards, 34 Outer Critic …
 
Before HAMILTON, before IN THE HEIGHTS, there was FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME! From their hit 2019 Broadway show to a GRAMMY-nominated documentary, this amazing hip-hop improv squad not only delights audiences with their talented tongues and clever wordplay, they’re training freestyle rap artists of all ages. Join FLS crew members Anthony “Two-Touch” Ve…
 
To music fans around the world, Josh Groban is a four-time GRAMMY-nominated singer who has sold over 22.5 MILLION records in the US alone. But for Broadway fans, he’ll forever be the star of the hit musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. As the founder of the Find Your Light Foundation, Josh uses his voice and talent to support a number…
 
Sara Bareilles is not only a GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist, she’s also the creator of the hit Apple TV drama LITTLE VOICE, the composer of the hit Broadway musical WAITRESS, an actor, and an activist. But even with the many demands on her creative life, she gives so much of her time and her talent to help those in need. Join Sara for a pass…
 
As the Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country and the Editorial Director of Elle Decor, as well as the author of two best-selling books, Stellene Volandes is the epitome of style. But she is also at the heart of the annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit and the magazine’s summer issue devoted to philanthropy, which have featured stage luminaries lik…
 
What do Pixar, George Clooney, and Larry David all have in common? They’re all smart producers that hired the amazing talents of actor Richard Kind. A familiar face on Broadway, TV, and film—from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and the Oscar-winning film ARGO to his hilarious and heartbreaking performance as Bing Bong in Pixar’s INSIDE OUT—join the Drama Desk…
 
From Nina in In the Heights , Angelica in Hamilton, Elphaba in Wicked, Amneris in Aida, and many more, Mandy Gonzalez has carved out her own unique niche on Broadway and in music, TV, and film. She’s as passionate onstage as she is off, lending her vocal talents, time, and energy in support of a number of important causes. Join this triple threat a…
 
From her Tony Award-winning turn in JELLY’S LAST JAM to her immortal performance in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, in TV and film, in front of and behind the camera, Tonya Pinkins is an actress, a writer, producer, director, and a fierce, outspoken activist and advocate for so many important causes. With her new film, RED PILL, premiering this month, join th…
 
Twenty-five years ago, Rent changed Broadway and pop culture. Jonathan Larson’s landmark musical began life at New York Theatre Workshop in 1993 and later went on to sweep the 1996 Tony Awards and win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Join original cast member Adam Pascal, New York Theatre Workshop Artistic Director James Nicola, and director Andy Señor …
 
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