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Broadway Stars Raise Money For Sandy Victims

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Some of Broadway's brightest took to the stage earlier this week to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

Lending a helping musical hand, members of the Broadway community gathered together on Monday night to support those still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The benefit, entitled "City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back", took up shop at The Gershwin Theatre, which is currently the home of "Wicked". Fitness guru Mark Fisher of Mark Fisher Fitness served as co-producer of the event.

"This event is the marriage of two separate Broadway benefits," Fisher said. "Two people that worked as clients of Mark Fisher Fitness approached my business partner Michael and I to see if we would be interested in helping create an event, and we found out through Jerry Mitchell, who is a client and a friend, that there was another event happening at the same time the company of 'Wicked' was producing."

The evening featured performances by comedian Mario Cantone, leading man Christopher Sieber and former 'Wicked' divas Julia Murney and Eden Espinosa. Theater actor-turned-screen star Patrick Wilson took on the dual role of emcee and talent.

"The amount of devastation that the hurricane caused just made me want to help, do what I can," Wilson said.

The producers behind "Broadway Blows Back" chose to give all proceeds from the event to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a not-for-profit based on Staten Island.

"What was important to us was to find beneficiaries where the money we raised went directly to people on the ground, and both these organizations not only are funneling the money to people now, they're both invested in long-term recovery efforts," Fisher said.

According to the event organizers, the fundraising efforts for "Broadway Blows Back" will extend past Monday night's benefit. For folks looking to give back to those affected by the hurricane, log onto www.broadwaycares.org.

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