Broadway in the H.O.O.D (BITH) kicks off its “Resilience Personified” season with From Broadway With Love: Honoring The Shoulders We Stand On, a benefit concert for Broadway in the H.O.O.D at The Smith Center! This awesome evening of entertainment will feature some of the brightest Broadway stars, Las Vegas legends, and over 300 entertainers from across the world. From Broadway With Love will be a one-night-only fundraiser that will benefit BITH’s mission to Help Others Open Doors in the Las Vegas community and onward and pay tribute to the greats who paved the way, with a very special performance by Tony Award-winner Savion Glover!
BITH serves over two hundred cast members locally and nationally and continues to strive to make its program free to low-cost for members. Thanks to the generosity of The Smith Center, and the community over the last seven years, BITH has been able to cast and produce quality productions that the community has graciously supported. That’s over 10,000 people a year, representing all socioeconomic backgrounds and diverse communities blessed to have access to quality productions throughout Nevada and across the country.
Community support of this year’s concert and future fundraising campaigns is more critical than ever as BITH works to rebuild its program to maintain for years to come. Funds are also needed to support the free Summer Theater Camp, a 10-week intensive training course that will be teaching cast members drama, music and dance. BITH believes it’s their responsibility to cultivate the wealth of potential of young individuals, and inspire them to become leaders who enthusiastically and confidently share what they’ve learned in the arts with their surrounding community.
Savion Glover, known as “the world’s greatest tap dancer,” has wowed audiences around the world with his masterful dancing and choreography over the past four decades! He began his Broadway career at the age of 12 performing The Tap Dance Kid and continued with Black and Blue (Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), and opposite Gregory Hines in George C. Wolfe's Jelly's Last Jam, Bring in 'da Noise and Bring in 'da Funk, which garnered him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. He has choreographed the HBO film The Rat Pack; the ABC special Savion Glover's Nu York; and Savion Glover's Stomp, Slide, and Swing: In Performance at the White House for PBS. He appeared for five years on Sesame Street as well as in Showtime films The Wall and Bojangles; the movie Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.; Spike Lee’s Bamboozled; and choreographed and performed the energetic tapping feet for Mumble, the tap-dancing penguin hero, in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning, Warner Brothers produced film Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet 2 (2011). Glover has most recently been celebrated for his award-winning choreography in the notable Broadway musical, Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
Glover idolizes the early heroes of tap, and is quick to credit those entertainers before him who laid the legacy beneath his feet. With that, Glover is truly excited to join this celebratory event From Broadway With Love: Honoring The Shoulders We Stand On with local non-profit Broadway in the H.O.O.D! Featuring 16 of Broadway’s biggest and best musicals including; The Wiz, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, CATS, Hamilton, Matilda, The Color Purple and many more! Welcoming a star-studded cast of actors, singers, dancers and musicians, including Broadway and Las Vegas living legend, Reva Rice (Starlight Express, Fosse, The Color Purple & Vegas The Show); Las Vegas’ ultimate showman, Earl Turner; five-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Merald “Bubba” Knight; four-time Grammy Award-winner Deniece Williams; legendary singer, songwriter and entertainer, Clint Holmes; and Veteran screen and stage actor, Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas.
Hosted by Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple & Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical), Moya Angela (In Transit: The Musical, Dreamgirls, The Lion King, Ghost: The Musical and America’s Got Talent), Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys, The Other Guy, Damn Yankees, Starlight Express) and Anika Ellis-Mungin (Aida, Sweet Charity, The Color Purple, KC & The Sunshine Band vocalist); and featuring the cast of Broadway In The H.O.O.D Las Vegas, Virginia and Canada. The star-studded showcase weaves together a beautiful tapestry dedicated to Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Redd Foxx and many others who stood the test of time, fought, marched, and kicked doors open in Las Vegas and throughout the world.
This highly anticipated event marks the inaugural benefit fundraising concert for Broadway in the H.O.O.D and will become an annual event, celebrating and honoring the contributions of those past and present entertainers who have paved the way for all entertainers. This inaugural event will also hold a special tribute to Broadway veteran and Las Vegas headliner, Mr. Sammy Davis Jr.!
Tickets for From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Broadway in the H.O.O.D are on sale now! Ticket price starts at $19. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.broadwayinthehood.org, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) or at the box office located at 361 Symphony Park Ave. For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348.