Bebe Neuwirth & Friends, A Very Special Benefit Performance

Bebe Neuwirth


When: Monday, October 3, 2011

Red Carpet Reception at 7:00 PM. Performance at 8:00 PM.

Where: Abrons Art Center of Henry Street Settlement at 466 Grand Street in New York City

Please join us for a very special performance by Bebe Neuwirth and Friends, to benefit a unique partnership between Equine Advocates and Henry Street Settlement. Sharing the stage with Bebe will be fellow Broadway stars Brenda Braxton, Scott Cady, Jason Danieley, Brian d’Arcy James, Dan Lipton, Marin Mazzie, Roger Rees and the Dontee Kiehn Dance Company. The event will include a red carpet reception with Bebe Neuwirth.

Ticket Categories:

Benefactor @ $1,000 per person. Patron @ $500 per person. Sponsor @ $250 per person.

Tickets are being sold through Henry Street Settlement.

Your contribution, less $50 per ticket, is tax-deductible.

About this Unique Partnership:

Equine Advocates is a national non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, NY. Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates has helped and rescued thousands of equines, including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules from slaughter, abuse and neglect. In 2004, we proudly opened the doors to a Humane Education Center on the Sanctuary grounds. In 2011, Equine Advocates began an important partnership with the Henry Street Settlement, introducing inner city children and adults to the joy of being around and working with horses, as well as learning about the special needs of these remarkable creatures. In just a short time, the program has already proven to be a great success. When these children from the city get to meet horses in the country, the result is nothing short of magical! Please enjoy reading further about a recent HSS visit.

About the Performers:

Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth is one of America’s best-loved actresses because of her unique and extraordinary performances 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, giving her the distinction of being the only actress to play 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 as Dr. 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.

At Equine Advocates’ 2009 Annual Charity Event, Ms. Neuwirth was honored for her work to protect horses and other animals with the Equine Advocates’ Safe Home Equine Protection Award. On August 4, 2011, Ms. Neuwirth graciously returned to Saratoga Springs, NY for Equine Advocates’ Tenth Annual Celebration of this event to present Richard L. Duchossois with the Ellen & Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for Philanthropy. We are very grateful to Bebe for her generosity, warmth and for what promises to be one of the most special and entertaining performances of the year with Bebe & Friends!

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 the Best Cast Album. She co-directed and co-choreographed the acclaimed 2001 Actor’s 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 empower teenage girls.


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 for 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 Kanders & 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 the 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.


Marin Mazzle 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 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 of the show. Other Broadway credits include Enron (Drama League nomination), Monty Python’s Spamalot (also West End), Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nomination), Passion (Tony nomination), Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Big River, Out of This World and Kismet.


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.