The second annual Broadway & Beyond, a variety show featuring some of the biggest names from television, stand-up comedy and the American theater stage, was held September 26th at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Produced and directed by Barbara Epstein, Broadway & Beyond featured performances by Billy Gardell (CBS' Mike & Molly), Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young (Jerseyboys) and Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal). American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta and percussion group Rhythm Extreme were also among those who lit up the stage.
"Broadway & Beyond" is a unique opportunity for the public to see their favorite stars performing live," said weSPARK's Executive Director Nancy Allen in a statement. "This fundraising effort helps weSPARK keep our services completely free of charge for cancer patients and their families."
The event honored choreographer Mary Murphy, favorite judge of "So You Think You Can Dance" and cancer survivor with the "HEART OF weSPARK" Award. Marc Cherry, creator of "Desperate Housewives" received the "CREATION OF AWARENESS" Award. Renowned Reconstruction and Plastic Surgeon Dr. Leif Rogers, MD, FACS, was presented with the "COMMITMENT TO CARE" Award.
Founded in 2001, weSPARK Cancer Support Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families, and friends. weSPARK provides free services designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer.