MILLBURN, NJ -  Broadway’s best will come together for the holidays to support the second annual Broadway Beats Hunger performance at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on December 10 at 7 p.m. All proceeds raised will go directly to Summit Medical Group Foundation and Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s joint initiative, Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabeteswhich is committed to reducing the impact of New Jersey’s deadly diabetes epidemic.

Summit Medical Group Foundation has partnered with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in an ambitious effort to broaden and strengthen statewide awareness about the direct link between choosing nutritious food and managing diabetes.

Leading Broadway stars will perform live during Broadway Beats Hungerfrom shows including Hamilton: An American Musical, Mean Girls, School of Rock, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, The Band’s Visit, The Lion King and many more. General admission tickets are $50 for adults ($25 for children) and VIP tickets at $100 offer premium seating and access to a special VIP reception.  

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“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to present this energetic, live musical performance with Broadway’s best actors, dancers and singers to raise critical funds for the Food, Health and Hope diabetes initiative,” said Dr. William Tansey, Summit Medical Group Cardiologist and member of the Board of Directors for SMGF. “Helping minimize the impact of diabetes throughout New Jersey starts with education and access to nutritious foods. By partnering with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, we can draw much-needed attention to this life-changing initiative and provide hope for the millions at risk.”

Summit Medical Group Foundation, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and seven community/faith-based agencies are making a great impact through the Food, Health and Hope  program to help reduce the impact of diabetes among New Jersey adults with incomes below the federal poverty level. In New Jersey, diabetes affects urban areas more prevalently: In Essex, Passaic and Union counties, adults with the disease account for 7.2 to 10.6 percent of the population. 

“Diabetes is an epidemic among our neighbors in need,” explained Carlos M. Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Providing nutritious fruits and vegetables, along with health screenings, are important ways to help them maintain positive lifestyles, which is what makes our partnership with the Summit Medical Group Foundation so critical.”

Overall, an estimated 39,000* people are diagnosed with diabetes each year in this state and the epidemic continues to grow.   

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Broadway Beats Hunger charity musical will benefit the Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes nitiative to support continued free diabetes screenings; fresh, healthy and diabetes-friendly food at no cost; access to nutrition programs; education on diabetes self-care; assistance with low-cost diabetes medication; eye and foot examinations and much more. Full details are available at:

Broadway performers scheduled to impress at Broadway Beats Hunger include: 

Norbert Leo Butz | two-time Tony Award winner, My Fair Lady& Netflix series Bloodline

Kyle Dean Massey | The Boys in the BandPippin& TV series Nashville

Erika Henningsen | Mean GirlsLes Misérables

Sarah Walsh | School of Rock, daughter of Dr. Lisa Coohill, Summit Medical Group Neurologist

Jennie Harney-Flemming | HamiltonThe Color Purple

Alysha Umphress | Smokey Joe’s CaféOn the Town

Bradley Gibson | The Lion KingA Bronx Tale the Musical

Ellyn Marie Marsh | Pretty WomanKinky Boots

Taylor Frey | How to Succeed in Business, South Pacific

Jacob Gutierrez | Aladdin

Joey Taranto | Kinky Boots, Spider-Man Turn off the Dark

Wallace Smith | Hamilton, Les Misérables 

Andy Kelso | Kinky BootsWicked

Sheila Coyle | Rent

Natalie Joy Johnson | Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde the Musical

Kyle Post | Kinky Boots, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

Jonathan Raviv | The Band’s Visit

Rachel Prather | The Band’s Visit, Once

Catherine Brunell | Something Rotten!, Les Misérables

Judy McClane | Mamma Mia, Chess

Haven Burton | Kinky Boots, Violet, Shrek the Musical 

For more information on Broadway Beats Hunger and to secure interviews with SMGF, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and/or Broadway performers, please email

Tickets are available for purchase at

*Statistics from the American Diabetes Association:


Summit Medical Group Foundation is deeply rooted in the community in a steadfast effort to better the health and well-being of each member through wellness promotion and medical education. Summit Medical Group—New Jersey’s oldest and largest private multi-specialty physician group—established SMGF in 2013 to grow its culture of philanthropy and further its more than 85-year legacy of building a healthier tomorrow through programs and services that extend far beyond traditional medical care. Among other initiatives, the foundation provides scholarships and supports health programs that reflect its mission. For more information, visit

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, has been delivering food, help and hope across the state for more than 40 years. Last year, CFBNJ provided nutritious food for more than 47 million meals through its network of more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. For our hungry neighbors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful agent of change that fills the emptiness caused by hunger and provides resources that are essential to earning a sustainable living.