Broadway Belts for PFF!

Broadway Belts for PFF! 2018

Thank you to all of the performers, attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and donors for an unforgettable Broadway Belts for PFF!  The event raised a record-breaking $350,000, bringing its eight-year fundraising total to nearly $1.2 million. 

The sold-out event on March 12 featured a “Sweet 16” reunion of the Tony Award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY original cast members to honor Margo Lion, an original producer and a longtime supporter of Broadway Belts for PFF!  The reunion, helmed by its Tony Award-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and featuring stunning performances by Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Andrew Rannells, Jackie Hoffman, Chester Gregory, Clark Thorell and many original Hairspray cast members, drew standing ovations from the crowd.  

In addition, Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton, Motown: The Musical), Robert Creighton (Cagney Frozen), Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea), Stephanie Gibson (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Alex Getlin (Anything Can Happen in the Theater) were among the Broadway talents that graced the stage. Making a special appearance, New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy-nominee, Bernie Williams, performed in memory of his father who succumbed to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2001. 

The exclusive fundraiser at New York City’s Edison Ballroom was hosted by Broadway star and comedienne Julie Halston. As leading advocates for the PFF, Halston and her husband Ralph Howard co-created the event after their friend, Associated Press theater critic Michael Kuchwara, passed away from IPF.  Coincidentally, Howard was subsequently diagnosed with IPF and has received a lung transplant.

Broadway Belts for PFF! was directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister) with Christopher McGovern (Cagney) as Musical Director and Ed Windels as Music Coordinator, to honor Broadway producer Margo Lion. The benefit was produced for the eighth straight year by D. Michael Dvorchak, Sue Frost (Memphis, Come from Away), Julie Halston and Ed Windels.

Thank you again to everyone that helped make this event possible – we can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Check back soon to experience some of the most incredible moments from the evening on the highlight reel. 

To learn more about PFF events in your area, contact Jackie Williams at or 312-224-4667.


Gay and Doug Lane Charitable Foundation

Steffy Family Foundation

Margo Lion

 Daryl & Steven Roth Foundation

Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation

Debby and Rocco Landesman

David Rockwell

Broadway Cares

Dr. Dan Rose

Hales Family Foundation

Jerry & Sis Levin 

Kathy Tullis Memorial

Judith Z. Friedman

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