Watch video highlights from Dancers For Good 2017
An intimate celebration of dance to benefit The Actors Fund
Dance Humanitarian Award
Tony Award-winning Broadway Director & Choreographer
(Kinky Boots, Pretty Woman, Legally Blonde)
featuring a BROADWAY BARES tribute piece with
Kristine Bendul, Ryan Daniel Beck & Waldemar Quinones-
Lifetime Achievement in Dance Tribute
BOB FOSSE & GWEN VERDON
Dance legends of stage and screen
accepted by Nicole Fosse
with a performance from THE VERDON FOSSE LEGACY
Bianca Marroquin, Nicolas de la Vega & Nicholas Sipes
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE
AMY MARSHALL DANCE COMPANY
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Luke Hawkins (Hawkins Tap Company)
Ari Mayzick (Buglisi Dance Theater)
Michael Cusumano (ABT)
vocalist Nedra Belle (NBC’s The Voice)
PLUS a Dancers For Good world premiere
choreographed by ERYC TAYLOR
Tony Award-winner (The Producers)
VIP RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE
cocktails, hors d’oeuvres
meet the dancers
JERRY MITCHELL, the acclaimed director and choreographer, is being presented with the 2019 Dancers For Good Humanitarian Award. Twenty-five years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which to date has raised over $19.1M. He continues to serve as Executive Producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, which had a five-year run of continuous performances) and London (West End Bares). BC/EFA is the largest grant-maker to The Actors Fund ($93M) and that support is made possible, in no-small way, by Jerry Mitchell.
Jerry is currently represented on Broadway as the Director/Choreographer of Pretty Woman, soon to open in Hamburg. As Director/Choreographer of Kinky Boots, which recently completed a six year run on Broadway, he received the TONY Award in recognition of his choreography for this 2013 TONY-Award winning Best Musical and was also nominated as Director. Most recently, he directed the Gloria Estefan Broadway bio-musical, On Your Feet, currently touring the U.S. and shortly to be seen in Amsterdam. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which he also directed and co-produced in the West End. In the 35 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions, starting as a dancer for Agnes De Mille in Brigadoon and thereafter assisting Michael Bennett and Jerome Robbins. His Broadway debut as Choreographer, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (TONY nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (TONY nomination), Gypsy, Never Gonna Dance (TONY nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TONY nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (TONY Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (TONY nomination), which he also directed, Catch Me If You Can and Kinky Boots (also in London, Toronto, Korea, Germany, Japan, Australia and on a U.S. tour.) Other notable credits include choreographing both the Off-Broadway productions and films of Hedwig & The Angry Inch and Jeffrey, the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde and Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed Follies and the recent Half Time and My Very Own British Invasion (both of which he also directed.) Film work includes In And Out, Scent Of A Woman, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Camp. For television, Jerry choreographed the NBC live production of Hairspray, The Rosie O’Donnell Show andThe Drew Carey Show (EMMY nomination) and ABC’s Geppetto and on camera, in Step It Up And Dance (as host), The Search for Elle Woods andIce Loves Coco. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers, the latter being especially meaningful to him in that he was directed by the 96 year old Mr. Abbott in the Broadway revival of On Your Toes.
BOB FOSSE is renowned as one of America’s most innovative choreographers, directors, and screenwriters. Inspired by Fred Astaire, Fosse grew up tap dancing as part of The Riff Brothers duo and later toured the American variety circuit. Fosse made appearances in a number of MGM movies like Kiss Me, Kate, where he choreographed his own iconic duet with Carol Haney and attracted the attention of Broadway producers. As a creative, Fosse’s Broadway credits include The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Bells Are Ringing, New Girl In Town, Redhead, How To Succeed In Business…, Little Me, Pleasures And Palaces, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago, Dancin’, and Big Deal. Film credits include My Sister Eileen, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Lenny, The Little Prince, All That Jazz, andStar 80. Fosse choreographed for a number of TV shows such as Ed Sullivan, Dick Cavett, Garry Moore, and Danny Kaye and for TV specials like Liza with a Z. He is the most decorated Tony-winning choreographer and is the only person ever to have won the Triple Crown (the Tony, Emmy, and Oscar all in 1973).
GWEN VERDON served as muse and assistant to legendary Jazz choreographer, Jack Cole, and taught many of his starlets to shine onscreen. Verdon starred in a number of Fosse shows including Damn Yankees, Redhead, New Girl In Town, Sweet Charity, and Chicago. and other Broadway productions including Can-Can and Children, Children. She acted in numerous films and TV shows like All My Children, Captain Kangaroo, Magnum P.I., Cocoon, Alice, and M*A*S*H*. After Bob’s fatal heart attack in 1987, Gwen not only preserved, but also revived Fosse’s choreography on Broadway and in national tours of his shows. In 1999, Verdon went on to co-create the Tony award-winning Fosse, a three-act musical revue showcasing Bob’s legendary choreography. In 1992 Verdon created the Verdon Fosse archival collection at the Library of Congress. Throughout her life she was a strong supporter of the performing arts, mental health, and children’s wellness. Verdon was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1992 and received the “Living Legend” medal from the Library of Congress in 2000.
CADY HUFFMAN is perhaps best known for her Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning performance as Ulla in The Producers on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. This led to her unforgettable recurring role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm where she almost became Larry David’s 10th-anniversary present. This success also brought her to the Food Network’s kitchen stadium where she judged for 10 consecutive seasons on Iron Chef America.
Cady’s other Broadway credits are her Tony-nominated performance as Ziegfeld’s Favorite in The Will Rogers Follies (with honoree Jerry Mitchell), the original production of La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Steel Pier, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, and Bob Fosse’s last original musical Big Deal. She has had several guest starring appearances on television, including recurring roles on The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, Younger, Madam Secretary, Master of None, Difficult People, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Frasier, and Mad About You. She even showed up on Daytime’s One Life To Live as the second Dr. Paige Miller.
Cady is currently nominated for an Indie Series Award for her work on the digital series After Forever, for which she won the 2018 IAWT Award. She created and stars in her own digital series titled Cady Did, which will be released in the near future. Her one-woman show Miss Peggy Lee will premier May 8 at 54 Below. She will be performing her cabaret Tomboy Showgirl at 801 Supper Club in Saratoga Springs on June 27 and is directing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at Weathervane Theater this summer.
Glenn & Sharyn Bradford
Chad Beguelin & Tom Sleeman
Tim Croneberger & Glenn Finn
Jeff Gates & Mike Moran
Ken Green & Bob Kaner
Andrea Greeven Douzet & Alexandre Douzet
Susan Harrison & Sara Hart
Eric Menkes & Sean Lyon Davis
Jim Porcarelli & Richard S. Gerst
Robbie Regina and Gene Kagan
Sam Rosenblatt & Mario D’Andrea
David Seligman & Ross Goldworthy
Friday July 19th, 2019
All tickets are reserved seating.
Donor level ticketing available. Benefits include VIP preferred seating,post-party, program listing/color ad space and more. Please inquire!
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VIP POST-PERFORMANCE PARTY:
There will be a VIP Ticket Holder cocktail reception immediately following the performance. Enjoy food, cocktails, and meet the performers of Dancers For Good 2019!
The Guild Hall parking lot is located behind the building off of Pondview Lane.
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
During the summer of 2015 dancer Michael Apuzzo of Paul Taylor Dance Company, and event planner/former Broadway performer Eric Gunhus came up with the idea to bring a new and fresh event to East Hampton: a dance festival of some the most prestigious dance companies and prominent dancers in the world, sharing their gifts to raise funds in support of the arts and the local community.
Michael & Eric decided to combine their efforts and the collaboration brought Dancers For Good to life with their acclaimed event in summer of 2016. Dancers For Good incorporated as their own 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2018.
The name Dancers For Good is two-fold in meaning: Dance is a discipline that stays with the dancer for life…for good. Additionally, this event brings together incredible dancers eager to give their time, talents and energy for charitable philanthropy…to do good. This celebration allows all of us an opportunity to experience Dancers For Good.
This event is like no other in the Hamptons, raising money for The Actors Fund and its vast array of services including:
The Dancers’ Resource
Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts
Women’s Health Initiative
Senior Services/The Actors Fund Home
Addiction and Recovery Services
and many, many other vital programs
"Dancers are a special breed of artists. It takes a singular type of strength and discipline to succeed in this part of the business and it is enormously difficult to get through the emotional and physical rough patches on your own. Sometimes you need a helping hand and that hand for dancers needs to be filled with an array of specially designed services...those services are provided by The Actors Fund, Dancers Resource/Career Transition For Dancers."Bebe NeuwirthActors Fund Vice Chair, founder of The Dancers' Resource