Sondheim benefit concert – watch it now!

WATCH IT HERE! + DONATE TODAY!


We are grateful for the special collective of Angel Donors who matched the first $25,000 raised through this event!

Anonymous
Ben Whiteley
The Bisesto Family
Emily Grishman and Susan Sampliner
The Esposito Family

Jeffrey and Gheña Korn
Jim Jones and Joseph Langworth
Oda and Henry Sham
Sheri Sarkisian

Thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone who contributed to the Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, ASTEP’s Arts Resilience Fund has raised $400,000 so far!

What has always made ASTEP unique is our ability to connect artists with community groups working in underserved communities. In this moment of crisis, our partners are serving youth who are navigating food scarcity, economic hardships and home safety, among a host of other issues. With these funds, ASTEP is immediately responding to the needs of these communities. In collaboration with the generosity of the Red Hook Container Terminal and the NYCEDC, ASTEP has helped to facilitate food donations to be delivered to our partner, Abraham House, in the South Bronx. The most recent donation of fresh fruit served over 900 families. There will be another generous food shipment reaching this community soon.

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Sondheim benefit concert – watch it live Sun Apr 26 at 8PM ET!

 

WATCH IT HERE! + DONATE TODAY!


We are grateful for the special collective of Angel Donors who matched the first $25,000 raised through this event!

Anonymous
Ben Whiteley
The Bisesto Family
Emily Grishman and Susan Sampliner
The Esposito Family

Jeffrey and Gheña Korn
Jim Jones and Joseph Langworth
Oda and Henry Sham
Sheri Sarkisian

BROADWAY.COM

April 24,2020

Additional star performances were announced today for the all-star special virtual concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday, “Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration“, this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 PM ET. The free online event, hosted by Raúl Esparza, is set to take place on the exact 50th anniversary of the opening night of Sondheim’s musical Company (the original production debuted on Broadway on April 26, 1970). Watch it live on the Broadway.com YouTube Channel.

Annaleigh AshfordLaura BenantiMelissa ErricoBeanie FeldsteinJosh GrobanJake GyllenhaalNeil Patrick HarrisJudy KuhnLinda LavinLin-Manuel MirandaBen PlattRandy Rainbow, and Lea Salonga will perform songs of inspiration from the Sondheim catalog. This once-in-a-lifetime event will also feature special appearances by Victor GarberJoanna GleasonNathan Lane, and Steven Spielberg.

They are joining the previously announced artists, many who delivered iconic turns in Sondheim’s shows, including Meryl StreepBernadette PetersPatti LuPoneAudra McDonaldMandy PatinkinChristine BaranskiDonna MurphyKristin ChenowethSutton FosterBrian Stokes MitchellKelli O’HaraAaron TveitMaria FriedmanIain ArmitageKatrina LenkMichael CerverisBrandon UranowitzStephen SchwartzElizabeth StanleyChip ZienAlexander Gemignani and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage CompanyAnn HaradaAustin KuKelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.

Esparza, the evening’s host and producer, starred as Bobby in the Tony Award-winning revival of Company in 2006 and in the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sunday in the Park (George) and Merrily We Roll Along (Charlie) in 2002. He also headlined City Center’s Encores! productions of Anyone Can Whistle and last year’s Road Show.

“The world is in a hard place, and we are all searching for something great,” says Esparza. “Well, Stephen Sondheim is greatness personified. So, we’ve assembled a group of people who love Steve and have worked with Steve and have been inspired by Steve to sing his music and share some joy and some heartache together. We may be far from Broadway right now, but Broadway is never far from us. Besides, Stephen Sondheim turned 90. How many times do you get to be 90? 11? So come on, say it, get it over with, come on, quick…happy birthday.”

Directed by Paul Wontorek, Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration is being presented in support of ASTEP, the organization conceived by the event’s musical director, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. In times of turbulence and trauma, the arts provide a space for healing, a platform for connectivity and an outlet to express ourselves. They’re also crucial to the development of mindfulness, an important element of mental health, especially in times of struggle. More than ever, ASTEP artists are needed to create that space for the most vulnerable among us. In this current moment of crisis, the youth we serve are navigating food scarcity, economic hardships and home safety, among a host of other issues. Serving them has been the primary mission of ASTEP for 14 years, and with your support, the organization will continue to be here for the needs of students and partners as we learn to adapt to this precarious new reality.

“Sondheim shows us the depth of our hearts, the complexity of our minds, and all that it is possible to accomplish through his brilliant marriage of music and storytelling,” Campbell adds. “Artists Striving to End Poverty aims to make sure that all children living in challenging situations have the opportunity to be transformed by the making of art. In my personal experience, encountering Stephen Sondheim’s music has helped these children imagine an entirely different life and future for themselves. Linking Sondheim and ASTEP together during this very difficult time made perfect sense to us. Children and art.”

 

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Save the Date: 9th Annual Benefit Concert

New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP

Mon December 11 at 7PM at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City

 

MICHAEL BUCHANAN
CARLOS ENCINIAS
BECCA GOTTLIEB
CHESTER GREGORY
DAVID JOSEFSBERG
DEREK KLENA
LINDSAY MENDEZ
Tony Winner RUTHIE ANN MILES
CHEEYANG NG
ZACHARY NOAH PISER
LAUREN PRITCHARD
SHEA RENEE
GEORGE SALAZAR
ELIZABETH STANLEY
KAY TRINIDAD
and many more special guests!

 

NEW YORK, NY — Artists Striving to End Poverty ’s Ninth Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP , taking place on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 PM at Joe’s Pub at The Public in New York City. Additional exclusive experiences from Mean Girls, The Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants and Come From Away have been added to the special auction through Charitybuzz , which also features your personal voicemail recorded by Oscar Isaac, experiences with Hamilton , Phantom of the Opera, Bronx Tale, and so much more!

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than an evening featuring Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing new and classic holiday songs…with a twist! Along with your seasonal favorites, expect fresh, original approaches — pop, soul, R&B, rock and more — many of them captured on the Sh-KBoom/Ghostlight album “New York City Christmas,” available for purchase at the concert.

Conceived and produced by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), the concert will again boast an incredible line-up of artists, including Nick Blaemire (Tick Tick Boom, Godspell, Cry-Baby), Chester Gregory (Motown, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Hairspray), David Josefsberg (Honeymoon In Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Derek Klena (Anastasia, Wicked), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots (tour) , Gigantic), Cheeyang Ng (K-Pop), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Shea Renee (Allegiance), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town, Million Dollar Quartet, Company) , and Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare) . The concert will be directed by Jenn Rapp-Pearl (The Illusionists TOTC).

Also appearing will be musicians Shankel (Piano), Frank Pagano (Drums), Randy Landau (Bass), Peter Calo (Guitar), Eric Davis (Guitar), Summer Boggess (Cello), Victoria Patterson (Violin), Colin Brigstocke (Trumpet), Jeff Schiller (Saxophone) & Scott Kreitzer (Saxophone)

Tickets are $100.00 each for premium seats, $75.00 each for general seating. ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP’s mission to connect performing and visual artists with underserved kids, using the arts awakening their imaginations, fostering critical thinking, and helping them break the cycle of poverty. ASTEP places volunteer artists in India, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, New York and Florida and supports the efforts of ASTEP Chapters in more than a dozen communities around the U.S.

A special auction will also be featured during the concert, featuring sought-after items such as:

● 2 VIP Tickets to HAMILTON on Broadway with Exclusive Backstage Tour
● 2 VIP Tickets to a preview of MEAN GIRLS when it moves to Broadway, with
Exclusive Backstage Tour with Mary-Mitchell Campbell
● 2 VIP Tickets to a performance of MEAN GIRLS (post opening) or when it moves to
Broadway, with Exclusive Backstage Tour with Mary-Mitchell Campbell
● 2 VIP Tickets to a performance of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS on Broadway with
Exclusive Backstage Tour
● As well as MANY MORE!

Tickets are available for purchase online through the Joe’s Pub website or at the box office at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. Seating is extremely limited.

For more information about ASTEP visit astep.org or e-mail Katherine Nolan Brown at katherine@asteponline.org

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New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album for ASTEP, on the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight label, is a special labor of love created by the incomparable music director, orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby). Over the years, in several venues in Manhattan, Lynne brought together some of the best musicians and singers in the Broadway community, including Tony Nominee Raul Esparza (Company, Speed the Plow), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Cry-Baby), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Andy Karl (Groundhog Day, Wicked, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Tony nominee and “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Drama Desk nominee Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia) and many more!

The album is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon.com, and sh-k-boom.com.

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Mary-Mitchell Campbell honored by Transport Group Theatre Company

Katherine Nolan Brown; katherine@asteponline.org | 212.921.1227


MUSICAL POWERHOUSE
MARY-MITCHELL CAMPBELL
HONORED BY TRANSPORT GROUP THEATRE COMPANY
ON FEBRUARY 6th

Founder of ASTEP Honored with Performances by Tituss Burgess,
Raúl Esparza, Debra Monk, Melissa Errico,
Sierra Boggess, and More

February 7, 2017 – The Transport Group Theatre Company – which last night celebrated their 2017 Annual Gala with “An Evening with Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Friends” – honored the accomplished Broadway musical director and arranger with an evening of songs featuring the pianist herself at The Times Center.

Several of Campbell’s Broadway collaborators lent their talents to the evening, including Tituss Burgess; Raúl Esparza; Debra Monk; Melissa Errico; and Sierra Boggess. Video greetings were sent from Kristin Chenoweth and Jonathan Groff, who were unable to attend. Each performer told a short story to honor their friend, citing not only her musical talent but more importantly, her giving and loving nature and “for bringing so much love, music and grace into the world” through her efforts with ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) the non-profit arts organization founded by Campbell in 2006.

Jack Cummings III, The Transport Group’s Artistic Director, choked up when speaking of Campbell’s involvement of their first-ever project, the 2002 production of Thornton Wilde’s Our Town, for which Campbell composed, arranged, and directed the music. Citing her contribution as having arranged an entire score incorporating the Shaker song “Simple Gifts,” he said she created an expanded universe of sound for the production, and as this was the inaugural effort for The Transport Group, she was in effect their “birth mother” and they her baby, with her music ushering forth a brand new theatrical entity.

Mary-Mitchell, on accepting the award, thanked all her teachers who guided and supported her, and all the artists and directors with whom she had worked. Referring to ASTEP, she said “art has the power to transform lives …..” and that now, more than ever, “we need to make art.”

ABOUT ASTEP:
ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. For more information, please visit www.ASTEP.org.

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7th Annual Holiday Concert to Benefit ASTEP!

NYC Christmas Logo_hi resWe’re excited to announce our starry 7th Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP, taking place on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 PM at Joe’s Pub at The Public in New York City with a special silent auction, including items from HAMILTON, FINDING NEVERLAND, and LION KING to list a few!

Back by popular demand, the evening will feature Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing new and classic holiday songs. Expect fresh, original approaches — pop, soul, R&B, rock and more — to your favorite seasonal numbers, many of them captured on the Sh-KBoom/Ghostlight album “New York City Christmas,” available for purchase at the concert.

Conceived and produced by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), the concert will again boast an incredible line-up of artists, including Lea Salonga (Allegiance, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County, Wicked, Carrie), Katie Rose Clarke (Allegiance, The Light in the Piazza, Wicked), Alysha Umphress (On the Town, American Idiot), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime), Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare), Aurelia Williams (Sistas, The Musical, Papermill’s Once On This Island), Maurice Murphy (Motown The Musical, Leap of Faith), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening) and many more. The concert will be directed by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Bare: The Musical, Carrie).

Also appearing will be musicians Shankel (on piano), Joe Mowatt (drums/percussion), Randy Landau (bass), Peter Calo and Jim Hershman (guitars).

Tickets are $100.00 each for premium seats, $75.00 each for general seating. ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP’s mission to connect performing and visual artists with underserved kids, awakening their imaginations, fostering critical thinking, and helping them break the cycle of poverty. ASTEP places volunteer artists in India, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, New York and Florida and supports the efforts of ASTEP Chapters in more than a dozen communities around the U.S.

A special silent auction will also be held during the concert, featuring sought-after items such as:

  • 2 VIP Tickets to HAMILTON with Exclusive Backstage Tour and Meet and Greet with Jonathan Groff
  • 2 VIP Tickets to FINDING NEVERLAND with Exclusive Backstage Tour
  • 2 VIP Tickets to LION KING with Exclusive Backstage Tour
  • 2 VIP Tickets to Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR ON BROADWAY with Exclusive Backstage Tour
  • Have Raul Esparza Record Your Outgoing Voicemail Greeting
  • Have Kristin Chenoweth Record Your Outgoing Voicemail Greeting

Tickets are available for purchase online through the Joe’s Pub website or at the box office at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. Seating is limited.

We hope you can join us!!


THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:

 

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Need a holiday gift? Purchase two new releases in support of ASTEP!

Makes for a great stocking stuffer!

Available for purchase on iTunes!

Two new special releases are also available for purchase: ”I Got All I Need (This Christmas)” an original song written by Lynne Shankel and Jon Hartmere sung by Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture) and Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County, Wicked, Carrie, Dogfight) and a hip-hop version of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” (music by Shankel) sung by Aurelia Williams (Sistas, The Musical, Papermill’s Once On This Island), Kenita Miller (Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime) and Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid, Bare) based on the traditional poem. The two songs were recorded on Yellow Sound Label are available on iTunes and wherever digital music is sold. All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP.

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New York City Christmas: A Benefit Album for ASTEP, on the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight label, is a special labor of love created by the incomparable music director, orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel (Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby, Summer of ’42, Paper Mill’s Once On This Island). Over the years, in several venues in Manhattan, Lynne brought together some of the best musicians and singers in the Broadway community, including Tony Nominee Raul Esparza (Company, Speed the Plow), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Cry-Baby), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Andy Karl (Wicked, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Tony nominee and “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Drama Desk nominee Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia) and many more!

All proceeds go to benefit ASTEP. The album is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon.com, and sh-k-boom.com.

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Back by popular demand, ASTEP is excited to host our 5th Annual New York City Christmas: A Concert to Benefit ASTEP, taking place on Monday, December 16 at 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Conceived, produced and music directed by Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz), the evening will feature Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing fresh, original approaches—pop, soul, R&B, rock and more—of holiday songs off ‘New York City Christmas’ the album, available for purchase at the concert.

“NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS”
A benefit concert for ASTEP

Featuring
Sierra Boggess (THE LITTLE MERMAID, MASTER CLASS)
Derrick Cobey (THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS)
Chester Gregory (SISTER ACT, CRY-BABY, HAIRSPRAY)
David Josefsberg (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, ALTAR BOYZ)
Elizabeth Judd (BARE: THE MUSICAL, SPIDERMAN)
Andy Karl (ROCKY, JERSEY BOYS, WICKED, ALTAR BOYZ)
Derek Klena (WICKED, DOGFIGHT)
Alice Lee (BARE:THE MUSICAL)
Telly Leung (GODSPELL, GLEE, ALLEGIANCE)
Lindsay Mendez (WICKED, DOGFIGHT)
Kenita Miller (Papermill ONCE ON THIS ISLAND)
Tony nominee Orfeh (LEGALLY BLONDE, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER)
Anya Singleton (recording artist)
Michael Tacconi (BARE: THE MUSICAL)
Kay Trinidad (ALLEGIANCE)
Sally Wilfert (ASSASSINS, MAKE ME A SONG)
Aurelia Williams (Papermill ONCE ON THIS ISLAND)

Premium seats are $100, regular seats are $65.

To purchase a ticket, visit Joe’s Pub!

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ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP’s mission to connect performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

300_nychristmas*ASTEP’s New York City Christmas album is a collection of holiday songs created by Drama Desk nominated orchestrator, Lynne Shankel, and performed by the best musicians and singers from Broadway, including Tony Nominee Raul Esparza (Company, Speed the Plow), Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class, The Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Cry-Baby), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Everyday Rapture, Grease), Andy Karl (Wicked, Altar Boyz, 9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A Song, Assassins, Tom Sawyer), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Altar Boyz), Tony nominee and “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Drama Desk nominee Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia) and many more!

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The album is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon.com, and sh-k-boom.com.










A good ol’ fashioned holiday concert. With a twist!

 (photo by: Monica Simoes) 

ASTEP appreciates everyone who came out to support our 4th annual presentation of  our New York City Christmas Benefit on 12.12.11 at Joe’s Pub.  Conceived, produced and music-directed by orchestrator Lynne Shankel (Cry-BabyAltar Boyz), the evening featured Broadway’s most sought-after talent singing fresh, original approaches of holiday songs from the ‘New York City Christmas’ album, available for purchase.

A special thank you to the performers and musicians who were instrumental in keeping the energy high and the festive spirits bright:

Raúl Esparza (Speed-the-PlowThe HomecomingCompany,Taboo), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday RaptureDirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Orfeh (Legally BlondeSaturday Night Fever), as well as Sierra Boggess (Master ClassThe Little Mermaid), Chester Gregory (Sister ActDreamgirls), Lindsay Mendez (GodspellEveryday Rapture), Betsy Wolfe (Tales Of The CityEveryday Rapture), Andy Karl (Wicked9 to 5), Sally Wilfert (Make Me A SongAssassins), recording artist Anya Singleton, David Josefsberg (The Wedding SingerAltar Boyz), Michael Buchanan (Addams FamilyCry-Baby), Katy Basile, Derrick Cobey, Carlos Encinias, Desi Oakley, Seph Stanek and Julia Burrows, among others. In addition, were Lynne Shankel (piano), Joe Mowatt (drums/percussion), Randy Landau (bass), and Summer Boggess (cello). Mike Aarons (guitars), Craig Magnano (guitars), Justin Smith (violin), Cliff Lyons (sax), Jeff Schiller (sax), and Colin Brigstocke (trumpet).

For reviews, video, and photo recaps, visit Playbill.com and Stage-Rush.com and BroadwayWorld.com

All proceeds from the concert and album sales benefit ASTEP