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Broadway Beats Hunger Benefit In Millburn

originally published: 11/28/2017

Broadway Beats Hunger Benefit In Millburn

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Summit Medical Group Foundation (SMGF), in partnership with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, has announced the inaugural Broadway Beats Hunger holiday performance to benefit the “Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes” initiative and broaden awareness about the direct link between access to nutritious food and this widespread health epidemic in New Jersey. Held at the esteemed Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, leading Broadway stars featured in award-winning shows including Hamilton: An American Musical, Legally Blonde, Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, Frozen the Broadway Musical and many more will perform live on December 4 at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets at $100 offer premium seating and access to a special reception.  

“We are excited to present our first-ever musical charity event to shine a spotlight on a rampant health issue affecting thousands in New Jersey’s underprivileged communities,” said Dr. William Tansey, Cardiologist at Summit Medical Group and member of the Summit Medical Group Foundation Board of Directors. “Putting an end to diabetes starts with awareness and access. By joining Broadway and our cause, we can draw much-needed attention to help raise funds for this life-changing initiative while giving people hope that there is an answer.”

Summit Medical Group Foundation, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and seven community/faith-based agencies have partnered to help eradicate diabetes among New Jersey adults with incomes below the federal poverty level. In New Jersey, diabetes affects urban areas more prevalently: In Essex, Passaic and Union counties, adults with the disease account for 7.2 to 10.6 percent of the population. Overall, an estimated 39,000* people are diagnosed with diabetes each year in this state as the epidemic continues to grow.   

“Diabetes is a highly preventable and manageable disease with the help of proper nutrition and education,” said Debra Vizzi, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Adults living in poverty are the most vulnerable in this fight because they struggle to provide nutritious food for their families, often choosing inexpensive and unhealthy food to get by. This initiative with Summit Medical Group Foundation aligns with the Community FoodBank’s ultimate goal to end hunger in New Jersey and inspire healthy lifestyles along the way. It’s deeply heartening to see Broadway’s biggest names supporting our mission to change lives.” 

Proceeds from the Broadway Beats Hunger charity event will benefit “Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes,” an initiative that includes free diabetes screenings; fresh, healthy and diabetes-friendly food at no cost; access to nutrition programs; education on diabetes self-care; assistance with low-cost diabetes medication; eye and foot examinations and much more. 



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Broadway Beats Hunger headlining stars will perform Broadway’s hit songs to entertain and engage audiences for one night only. Below are a few highlights on performers: 

Laura Bell Bundy | Tony Nominee | Legally Blonde the Musical, Anger Management 

Bryan Terrell Clark | Hamilton: An American Musical, Motown: The Musical 

Nikki M. James | The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables, The Good Wife 

Adam Kaplan |A Bronx Tale, Newsies 

Greg Hildreth | Frozen the Broadway Musical 

Eden Espinosa | Wicked, RENT

Norbert Leo Butz | Tony Award Winner | Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 

Joey Taranto | Kinky Boots, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

Ellen Marie Marsh | Kinky Boots, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Paul Canaan | Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde the Musical 

Jackie Cruz | Orange is the New Black 

Paper Mill Playhouse is located at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, New Jersey.





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(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) --- Playhouse 22 will be presenting its annual production of A Christmas Carol from December 7 - 16.  Directed and adapted by Tony Adase, A Christmas Carol at Playhouse 22 is based on the Charles Dickens' piece by the same name.  It is the story of a miserable miser who learns to keep Christmas in his heart with the help of several ghostly visitations.  A show for the whole family, the Playhouse 22 production is celebrating its 23rd annual year at the theater.  
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Event calendar
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018


MUSIC

ALAN SCARDAPANE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

The Night Before Christmas Carol @ The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCCArts), Branchburg - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

A Christmas Carol @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


KIDS

The Shoemaker & the Christmas Elves @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am


MISC

Sam Darnold Meet & Greet @ iPlay America, Freehold - 5:00pm






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