So I started this blog last October/November thinking, “Gee, I should start a blog.” Everyone is starting a blog, or making their living off their blog, or getting a blog for their dog and noting the curious fact that blog and dog don’t rhyme and then self-consciously writing about the blog/dog misrhyme, of all places, on the blog. I have a better idea now, though, of what I want to do with this blog. So I’ll first begin by talking about — what else, boys and girls? — theatre, and inaugurating a regular feature I’ll call Benefit Watch. And that very un-focus-group-tested moniker is to highlight — what else? — benefits in the industry. Hence, Songs for Darfur: THE WATER PROJECT. Here’s the poop, direct from PR guru Judy Katz: TONY WINNER VICTORIA CLARK, CHEYENNE JACKSON, JANE KELLY WILLAMS, MAUREEN MCGOVERN, KELLI O’HARA, AND OTHER BROADWAY STARS JOIN FORCES TO RAISE AWARENESS AND HUMANITARIAN AID FOR DARFUR WITH SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT AT THE CHURCH OF ST. PAUL & ST. ANDREW IN MANHATTAN MONDAY, MARCH 26 AT 7 P.M. Proceeds To Benefit The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR Sudan) And The Darfur People’s Association Of New York Tony Award-winning actress Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up), and acclaimed singer/songwriter Jane Kelly Williams lend their hearts and voices to a worthy cause as hosts of SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT, a benefit concert to raise money for Darfur relief efforts. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew (located at 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue) on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit UMCOR Sudan to improve access to water and sanitation and increase food security for displaced people living in camps in Darfur and the surrounding communities of Adilla and Al Daein. Proceeds will also go to The Darfur People’s Association of New York, to help raise funds for school supplies to be sent to refugee camps in Darfur and Chad. SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT will feature performances by co-hosts Victoria Clark, Cheyenne Jackson, and Jane Kelly Williams, and appearances by celebrated Broadway stars including Maureen McGovern (Little Women), Kelli O’Hara (The Light in the Piazza), Everett Bradley (Swing), Malcolm Gets (A New Brain), Elizabeth Stanley (Company), Marilyn Torres (The Agony and the Agony), and world-renowned opera singer Marvis Martin. Musicians Ted Sperling and Dave Richards will perform. Tickets for SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT are $40 for adults and $20 for students, seniors, and individuals with limited income. Patron tickets, priced at $100, include a pre-concert reception with the performers at 6 p.m. and special reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only), in advance at the Church between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by calling (212) 362-3179. Checks should be made payable to Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, with “Darfur” written in the memo line. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the event website, .
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