On Saturday, October 24, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, threw a star-studded benefit concert that showcased unforgettable performances by some of the hottest talents on Broadway. The concert, BROADWAY WISHES, took place at the beautiful OC Pavilion Performing Arts Theater located in Santa Ana,CA.
The one-night-only concert featured an unprecedented cast roster of star after star: Tony® nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Wicked), Laura Osnes (Grease, South Pacific, upcoming Bonnie and Clyde), Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jeckyll & Hyde), Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Miss Saigon), Tim Howar (Rent, Tonight's The Night), and Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn, Rent). The concert featured Espinosa and Hilty reuniting for the first time on the same stage since L.A.'s stand-alone production of Wicked closed in January. (Stephen Tewksbury was also scheduled to appear but was unable to perform; Bundy joined the cast in his absence).
The night's festivities were hosted by Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde, La Cage Aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie). Leading the orchestra and occasionally stepping center stage from behind the piano with some hilarious anecdotes (and "live" versions of his deconstruction series) was co-host Seth Rudetsky.