Broadway Sings in Atlanta to battle HIV/AIDS

Wicked cast

On Monday, September 26, 2011, the National Touring Company of WICKED will host OUR WICKED, WICKED WAYS, an evening of cabaret performances. Held at the 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th Street in Atlanta, the event will feature cast and crew members of the traveling company. The net proceeds of this event will benefit JOINING HEARTS and BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (BC/EFA).

Produced by Kevin Ireland, founder of theBestArts, Patrick McCulley, Marketing Manager for Joining Hearts, and Kevin Beebee, Associate Company Manager for WICKED, the evening is an opportunity for company members to step out of their roles in the musical in music, dance and comedy. It will feature company members including Justin Brill (Boq), Mark Jacoby (The Wizard), Stefanie Brown (Nessarose) and Mariand Torres (Elphaba Standby), as well as members of the ensemble and touring staff. In addition, there will be a silent auction of items including WICKED memorabilia used in actual performances, and a live auction of several opportunities to join the company backstage at The Fox Theatre, including a chance to bid on a walk-on role to be in WICKED.

OUR WICKED, WICKED WAYS is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company throughout the country to support charitable causes which advance WICKED’s theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions alone. The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world. In its 6 years on the road, the company has raised over $2,000,000 in donations for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS and local AIDS Services organizations all over the country.

WICKED: Tickets to the Atlanta engagement of WICKED, playing The Fox Theatre from September 14-October 9, are available at the Fox Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by calling 1-800-982-2787.

Cabaret Details

The cabaret will be held Monday, September 26, 2011, at 7:30pm, on the main stage at the 14th Street Playhouse. Public silent auction and VIP reception begins at 6:30pm. For this one-night-only event, members of the cast will perform musical theatre and cabaret standards along with a number of new and rarely heard songs.

Please understand that this is NOT a production of WICKED and no songs from the show are expected to be performed.

The show will feature 23 songs, about 20 singers and dancers from WICKED and a live band of ten WICKED musicians. While the performer list is subject to change, we expect the show to include solos and group numbers by Justin Brill, Stefanie Brown, Megan Campanile, Rick Desloge, Melanie Field, Napoleon Gladney, Brenda Hamilton, Mark Jacoby, Ashton Jones, Reneé Lawless-Orsini, Marissa Lupp, Michael Mahany, Alli McGinnis, Kevin McMahon, Steve Quinn, Carla Stickler, Mariand Torres, Brandon Tyler, Shanna Vanderwerker and Mikey Winslow.

Fundraising Goal

We plan to raise $25,000+ to support families and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.


Buy Tickets

Our venue seats 389 (versus 4,678 at the Fox), so will provide an intimate setting to hear some of Broadway's best performers. Admission to OUR WICKED, WICKED WAYS is by donation; all proceeds benefit Joining Hearts & BC/EFA and are tax-deductible. While all are welcome, the evening is intended for mature audiences and parental discretion is advised.

  • Suggested donation: $35. General admission; includes a pre-show silent auction starting at 6:30pm.
  • VIP status with donation of $75 or more. VIP tickets include premium seating, a 6:30pm pre-show reception hosted by Amanda Jane Cooper (Glinda), Dee Roscioli (Elphaba) and Colin Hanlon (Fiyero), pre-show silent auction, two drink tickets, a paparazzi-like digital photograph taken in front of a WICKED back-drop, recognition in the event program, and permanent recognition on this website page.

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Press Kit

We provide a press release, event images and more in our Press Kit.

14th Street Playhouse

Our venue is located at 173 14th Street. Parking is available in the Juniper Street garage or at Colony Square; for MARTA access, use the Arts Center station. 14th Street Playhouse directions.

14th Street Playhouse Mainstage


Two-thirds of the funds raised from the cabaret will benefit Atlanta's Joining Hearts while one-third will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

Joining Hearts, Inc., is a 501(c)(3), all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing support to people living with HIV and AIDS in Atlanta. 100% of every dollar raised through ticket sales is donated to their 501(c)(3) beneficiaries, AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House. Since 1987, Joining Hearts has raised over $1.15M for these two worthy organizations - with no administrative costs.

AID Atlanta, Inc. has been saving and transforming lives since its inception in 1982. The agency was founded as a “grass-roots” response to the devastating and fatal impact HIV/AIDS was having on the Atlanta community. AID Atlanta quickly began expanding to offer a broad range of services and has since grown to be the Southeast’s largest, most comprehensive AIDS Service Organization. The mission of AID Atlanta is to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life of its members and the community by breaking barriers and building community. To this end, AID Atlanta has proven itself the leader in the fight against the AIDS epidemic in Atlanta. AID Atlanta client demographics mirror metro Atlanta HIV incidence and prevalence trends; services are provided to those most at risk and most in need including specific at-risk populations, those who are under- or uninsured, and those living very near or below the poverty level.

Jerusalem House is Atlanta's oldest and largest provider of permanent supportive housing designated for homeless and low-income individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Atlanta has more homeless children than any city in the U.S.; on any given day, almost 40% of JH residents are children. Jerusalem House provides over 62% of the permanent supportive housing designated for Atlanta's homeless and low-income population with HIV/AIDS.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA has raised over $195 million since 1988 for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Actors Fund Work Program, The Dancers’ Resource, The Stage Managers’ Project and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

Live and Silent Auction Items

All guests are invited to view and bid on the silent auction items from 6:30 to 7:30pm and during intermission. We also have three unique items that will be presented for live auction at various times during the show. All auction items are available through donations, portions of which may be tax deductible.


Live Auction


You’ll feel wickedly “Wonderful” when you journey to Oz. You will join the 1st National tour of the blockbuster musical in ATLANTA, GEORGIA at the Historic Fox Theatre as a cast member for the evening on Friday, September 30. This package includes:

  • An onstage appearance in Act I in the Opening of the show
  • An onstage appearance in the train station in Act I where Elphaba and Glinda say goodbye before Elphaba heads to the Emerald City
  • An onstage appearance in Act II in the finale
  • A costume fitting, hair and make-up consultation
  • A rehearsal on the day of the performance with the dance captain
  • An optional rehearsal with a vocal coach to teach you the words if you care to join the cast in song
  • A cast member will work with you all evening to ensure your experience is wonderful
  • 2 great tickets for friends to watch your performance and a backstage tour afterwards - and the option to purchase up to 4 more great adjacent seats at a discounted price
  • A photo with you and Glinda and Elphaba following the performance
  • A poster autographed by the entire WICKED cast

Overall, an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience how WICKED comes together from the inside out!

Please note the winner must be at least 13 years of age and able to climb stairs.


The greening is an opportunity to visit with Dee Roscioli (Elphaba) in her dressing room prior to the show as she is made up in green, have the chance to talk with Dee behind the scenes, and comes with an excellent pair of tickets to see WICKED that evening.


The backstage tour with Glinda is a tour led by Amanda Jane Cooper immediately following a performance. You will have all of your WICKED questions answered and get a glimpse behind the emerald curtain - after you see the performance that evening with a prime pair of tickets.

Silent Auction

This is a partial list of the silent auction items that will be available:

  • Elphaba Package - you get to come to the Fabulous Fox Theatre and be painted green, a letter from Fiyero, green make-up to go home with, and an autographed picture of Dee Roscioli.
  • Glinda Package – you get to be Galinda-fied, Glinda’s “Loathing” letter, Glinda’s essay, and an autographed picture of Amanda Jane Cooper.
  • Wizard of Oz Package – Official set pieces signed by Oz himself and the entire cast, a piece of the Time Dragon Clock, Ozian Guard’s hat emblem, custom WICKED engraved pocketknife, tickets to Wizomania, and an autographed picture of Mark Jacoby.
  • Wicked Merchandise Package – Assortment of official WICKED merchandise like reusable tote bag, signed souvenir program, umbrella, CD, beanie, beach towel, logo pen, keychain & magnet.
  • One-of-a-kind monkey masks used in WICKED
  • Luggage used in the show
  • Various props used on stage
  • ...and more

Motherhood the Musical


Special thanks to GFour Productions and Motherhood the Musical for donating the use of the 14th Street Playhouse for this event. Motherhood the Musical, from the producers of Menopause the Musical, is a loving look at the joys and perils of being a mom, and runs in Atlanta from September 22 to November 20, 2011.

VIP Sponsors

Special thanks to our VIP ticket holders! This partial list will continue to be updated. If you've purchased more than one VIP ticket, we will be contacting you to determine who is accompanying you and how you prefer your names to be listed. For faster inclusion, please submit the information to me at .

Our 64 VIP sponsors (as of 9/19) include:

  • Brent Adams
  • Jon Altizeer
  • Todd Barnhart & Scott Neslund
  • Chris Bess
  • Geoffrey Bieger
  • James Bilderback
  • Stephen Brown
  • Lee Bryan
  • Gregory Byrd & Derek Spears
  • Catherine Cox
  • Mike Crabtree
  • Ed Doolittle & Pablo Mejias
  • Scott Drinkard
  • Tracy Elliott & Charlie Staedtlander
  • Becky Gerkin
  • Larry Goldstein
  • Scott Goss
  • Jay Greone
  • Noreen Halbach & guest
  • Owen Halpern
  • Phil Harrell & guest
  • Scott Hayes
  • Jim Hilderbrandt
  • Paige Kelly & two guests
  • Janet Kibler & guest
  • Mark Lenkiewicz
  • Dr. Michael Magurski & Mr. Andre C. Castaing
  • Michael McCoy
  • Jim Mundy & Miguel Armando Guerra
  • Todd Overhultz
  • Mark Pettit, Creaxion
  • Curtis Pinkerton & guest
  • Scott Porter
  • Jeremy Rich
  • Kirk Rich & Todd Higginbotham
  • Mark Rivers & Brian Sisley
  • Leonard Roy
  • Dr. Michael Sampson
  • Tommy Sands
  • Jon Santos
  • Marcus Schwab
  • Daniel Serritella
  • Judy Serritella
  • Bill Shoemaker & Jeremy Nix
  • Douglas Sleezer
  • Brent Steele & guest
  • James Tarlton & guest
  • Ted Tuerk, Creaxion
  • Todd Tullis
  • Robert Zakem

VIP donors will be listed in the event program as well.

About theBestArts

Since 2007, theBestArts has worked to provide more visibility to rising musical theatre singers, dancers and songwriters through our website, facebook page, college showcase concerts in New York City and our Broadway Tour benefits in Atlanta. Please follow us at

Read about our benefit with the Phantom of the Opera cast in the Atlanta-Journal constitution at The AJC also featured a slideshow from the event at


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