Broadway Stars Including #JerseyBoys Alumni to Light Up @SubCulture_NYC at @NFHopeConcert on May 8! @jeffleibowApril 9th, 2017
NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) – An impressive collection of Broadway talent will come together Monday, May 8, 2017 for New York City’s inaugural “NF Hope Concert” at SubCulture New York.
Benefit organizer Jeff Leibow, formerly of JERSEY BOYS, has brought together an incredible list of Broadway elite, including Mary Callanan (Bandstand, Mama Mia), The Doo Wop Project (with Tony Nominee Charl Brown, Russell Fischer, Dwayne Milan, Dominic Nolfi, Dominic Scaglione Jr.), Chad Kimball (Tony Award nominee, Come From Away, Memphis), Laurel Harris (Beautiful, In Transit, Wicked), Rob Marnell (Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Aaron Ramey (The Bridges Of Madison County, Curtains, Young Frankenstein), Jenny Lee Stern (Rocky, Jersey Boys), Nasia Thomas (Beautiful) and more for a spectacular evening of entertainment to raise awareness and financial support for Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).
“We are blown away by the generosity of the Broadway community,” says Leibow. “We have had so many performers offering to be a part of this inaugural New York event, we have had to turn some away.”
Tickets start at $75 and are available online at http://nfhope.org/NYCConcert.
The inaugural “NF Hope Concert” took place in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2011. Since then, the event has grown by leaps and bounds and is now expanding into new markets, increasing its reach to raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis research and advocacy.
NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system characterized by tumors, which can grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow’s young daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with this condition in 2010 when she was just nine months old. As Leibow and his wife, Melody, learned more about the disorder’s devastating effects, they conceived the idea for the concert with the realization that they had an obligation to Emma and the nearly 130,000 people living with NF to educate others about the disorder. Although it is a very common genetic disorder, most people are unaware that NF affects one in 2,500 people making it more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease, and Tay Sachs combined.
Every year, Emma has supplied Leibow and his wife all the inspiration they need to make this event a success, but complications in the last eighteen months have given them even more to fight for.
“In January of 2016, doctors discovered a rapidly growing tumor in Emma’s brain,” said Leibow. “We spent last year meeting with oncologists and a team of other doctors coming up with an action plan. The monitoring of this tumor resulted in the discovery of a complex of tumors in her left leg that present the danger of an incurable NF-specific cancer. This new challenge has fueled our drive to take the NF Hope Concert to new markets like New York in the hopes of making an even bigger difference in Emma’s life and the lives of the tens of thousands living with NF in this country.”
A silent auction will be available with signed posters from a number of Broadway’s biggest hits including HAMILTON, ALADDIN, BEAUTIFUL, IN TRANSIT and more. The auction will open for viewing the evening of the concert at 6:00 p.m. inside SubCulture.
For more information on NF Hope, visit http://www.nfhope.org/NYCConcert. You can follow NF hope on Facebook and Twitter.