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The Lion Sings Tonight

Cabaret benefit featuring cast members of Disney's The Lion King

The Lion King benefit

Broadway Sings in Atlanta V
Monday, April 21, 2014

On Monday, April 21, 2014, cast members from the Broadway national touring company of Disney's The Lion King hosted The Lion Sings Tonight, an energizing evening of performances to excite your soul! Held at the Rich Theatre in the Woodruff Arts Center at 1280 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, the event featured cast and crew members of the traveling company performing some of their favorite songs of the 60s.

Some of the most talented singers and dancers in America perform songs made famous by:

  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Supremes
  • The Temptations
  • Blood Sweat and Tears
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • The Shirelles
  • Bobby Darin
  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Leon Russell
  • The Jackson Five
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Gladys Knight
  • The Four Tops
  • The Beatles
  • ...and many more

This was a "true" benefit with no production fees and minimal overhead. We raised thousands of dollars for JOINING HEARTS and BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (BC/EFA).

The evening wass an opportunity for company members to step out of their roles in Disney's The Lion King to perform the songs they grew up with. It featured performances by 29 singers and dancers from the show accompanied by a live band. In addition, there was be a silent auction of items including The Lion King memorabilia used in actual performances, a live auction of several opportunities to join the company backstage at The Fox Theatre, and more.

The Lion Sings Tonight is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company across America. The show will be directed by Jelani Remy (Simba), with music direction by Jo Lynn Burks. It wass produced by Kevin Ireland, founder and editor of theBestArts.com, Jeremiah Lawson, Director of Events for Joining Hearts, and Ben Lipitz from Disney's The Lion King.

The Lion King benefit

Beneficiaries

Joining Hearts

Joining Hearts

Joining Hearts is an IRS 501(c)3 all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing support to people living with HIV and AIDS in Atlanta. 2013-2014 is our 27th fundraising year committed to this cause. While the events we produce have evolved over the years, one aspect has never changed: 100% of every dollar raised through ticket sales is donated to our non-profit beneficiaries:

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

BC/EFA is a primary beneficiary of the event. BC/EFA is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA has raised over $250 million since 1988 for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Actors Fund Work Program, The Dancers’ Resource, The Stage Managers’ Project and three supportive housing residences. Over half of BC/EFA's annual grants are directed to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide each year.

BC/EFA will donate a portion of their proceeds from this event to:

BC/EFA also funds many other social service organizations across Georgia.


Disney's The Lion King

Tickets to Disney's The Lion King, playing at The Fox Theatre from Apr 10 – 27 2014, as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2013/2014 season, are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online at http://www.foxtheatre.org/ or by calling 1-855-285-8499.

Press Kit

You'll find our press releases, event images and more in our Press Kit.


About theBestArts

Since 2007, theBestArts has worked to provide more visibility to rising musical theatre singers, dancers and songwriters through our non-commercial website, facebook page, college showcase concerts in New York City and our Broadway Tour benefits in Atlanta. Please follow us at http://www.facebook.com/theBestArts and our website at http://www.theBestArts.com/.

Read about our benefit with the Phantom of the Opera cast in the Atlanta-Journal constitution at http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-events/phantom-cast-sings-for-569632.html. The AJC also featured a slideshow from the event at http://projects.accessatlanta.com/gallery/view/events/atlanta-cabaret-photos/.