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BENEFIT PERFORMANCE BY BROADWAY STARS
05 May 1996 08:38:14
95298 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE BY BROADWAY STARS
AT PEACEMAKING JUBILEE RAISES THOUSANDS FOR RWANDA RELIEF
by Jerry L. Van Marter
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.--Performing songs from a number of Broadway hits in which
they appear, a 10-member troupe of New York musical stars presented a
tour-de-force benefit concert at the Presbyterian Peacemaking Jubilee here
Aug. 14 that raised $13,725 for UNICEF's relief work in Rwanda.
"Broadway Sings for a Just Peace" featured songs from "Les
Miserables," "Guys and Dolls," "Sunset Boulevard," "Fiddler on the Roof"
and several other hit musicals.
Director Lee Tannen introduced the troupe's performance as "an
offshoot" of its annual performances to benefit children with AIDS and
children whose parents have AIDS. The organizers of those performances,
"Broadway Sings on Park Avenue," are Broadway star Tim Shew, a Presbyterian
deacon, and his pastor, the Rev. William Pindar, pastor of Central
Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
Shew and his late wife, Marcia, started the "Broadway Sings" troupe
four years ago, when Marcia was diagnosed with AIDS following a tainted
blood transfusion. She died last year.
With Pindar's help, the annual concerts, staged at Central Church,
raise thousands of dollars for AIDS-related agencies in New York that
address the special needs of children affected by the pandemic.
Shew and Pindar (who performs as a clown) also conduct a ministry of
comedy and music for the families and caregivers of terminally ill patients
in hospitals throughout the New York area.
"The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is very thankful to the
performers in "Broadway Sings" for their contribution to helping
Presbyterians continue their tradition of participating in the work of the
U.N.," said the Rev. Richard Killmer, coordinator for the program.
The cast -- Shew, Jane Brockman, Leslie Castay, Bobby Clark, Catherine
Dupuis, Dale Hensley, Michelle Pawk and John Norman Thomas -- and their
musical director, Phil Reno, concluded their performance to thunderous
applause with a chorus, written by David Friedman, that typified the
spirit of the evening:
Help is on the Way
From places you don't know about today,
From friends you may not have met yet
Believe me when I say
I know, Help is on the Way!"
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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