Shining Stars of the Great White Way to Light Up Broadway Rocks Cancer at SOPAC
Proceeds of Concert to benefit Summit Medical Group Foundation’s Cancer Comfort Project
October 30, 2019 - More than twenty Broadway stars will take the stage for an inspiring evening of music at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 18, 2019, for the Summit Medical Group Foundation (SMGF) Broadway Rocks Cancer concert. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit SMGF programming that provides comfort, care and compassion to individuals and their families facing cancer. The evening will be hosted by Tommy Bracco (of CBS Big Brother Competition, Pretty Woman and Newsies), and will honor Linda Wacks and the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund for their generous support, which helped establish SMGF’s “Music in the Park” program. The Memorial Fund was established in 1996 by Linda and Ed Wacks in honor of their son Jeffrey (an avid musician), who lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after an eight-year battle. Linda was an early proponent and passionate advocate of music therapy; she cites the countless studies that demonstrate the positive impact music has on patients with cancer, including lowered heart rates, reduced pain and increased feelings of well-being.
“The Broadway community is an incredible intersection of talent and passion.” says Joey Taranto from Broadway’s Kinky Boots, who will be performing at the event. “When those qualities are focused into any project, it is nothing short of brilliant, and that’s exactly what Broadway Rocks Cancer will be. This is a night of electric performances by singers who understand the importance of taking care of our communities. We have all been affected by cancer in some way. I certainly have. The Cancer Comfort Project funded by the Summit Medical Group Foundation does beautiful work in bringing ease to families and friends during their time of need. I’m proud to support them. It’s going to be an amazing night.”
Summit Medical Group Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, established the Cancer Comfort Project to provide physical and emotional relief to patients who are literally fighting the battle of their lives. While conventional therapies such as individual psychotherapy and support groups are helpful for many people, offering a suite of additional services allows patients and families to build a comprehensive, whole-person approach that works best for them.
SMGF’s Cancer Comfort Project includes weekly Chair Yoga and Meditation classes, Reiki, Pilates classes for strength after surgery, music and art therapy, pet therapy, and Jin Shin Jyutsu for self-healing. These activities not only assist the healing process, they can give patients and their families the ability and resolve to go on with their treatments. “I find that this is a very positive atmosphere,” says Marion, a patient. “The Reiki and the dog therapy and the music just add to that; they make it a great experience and help me heal.” Patients also have the opportunity to choose complimentary hats, blankets and snacks from the Foundation’s “Comfort Cart” (circulated by volunteers), and every day, the Foundation provides a free healthy lunch from Barth’s Market to each patient who is receiving chemotherapy.
To help mitigate the shock, fear, and confusion that many people can feel upon receiving a cancer diagnosis, the Foundation has a dedicated Patient Navigator who meets with patients and their families as they begin treatment, and works with them throughout their journey, easing their anxieties and helping to connect them with needed resources in the community. “My tagline is that I have cancer; it doesn’t have me,” says Janet, another patient. “I am living with cancer—with emphasis on the living. Coming here gives me the opportunity to embrace each day and know that I can move forward. Because there are a lot of people in my corner…”
Individual tickets for Broadway Rocks Cancer are $30-$100 (the $100 ticket includes premium orchestra seating and a post-concert VIP Reception) and may be purchased at https://www.smg-foundation.org/event/broadway-rocks-cancer/. Doors open Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM with performances starting at 7:00 PM.
The Summit Medical Group Foundation would like to thank the 2019 Broadway Rocks Cancer sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Investor’s Bank, and additional supporters Wacks Debona Beilin & Weber, Dr. Sheila Nadiminti & Dr. Hari Nadiminti, Daiichi Sankyo, Eisai, BASF, Genomic Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Saxum Real Estate, Summit Medical Group and Walgreens.
About the Summit Medical Group Foundation
A non-profit organization, Summit Medical Group Foundation was established in 2013 by the Summit Medical Group (SMG). The Foundation is committed to improving access to healthcare for the underserved in our communities; educating and inspiring future healthcare providers; and promoting the courage, confidence and emotional well-being of individuals and their families facing cancer. For more information on SMGF’s Cancer Comfort project, visit https://www.smg-foundation.org/how-we-help/the-comfort-project/. To make a special donation in support of the Cancer Comfort Project, visit https://www.smg-foundation.org/donate/ or call 908-277-8788.
2019 BROADWAY ROCKS CANCER - PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Annaleigh Ashford (Tony Award winner, Wicked, Kinky Boots & Showtime series Masters of Sex), Norbert Leo Butz (two time Tony Award winner, My Fair Lady & Netflix series Bloodline), Shoshana Bean (Waitress, Wicked, Hairspray), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Phantom of the Opera, On the Town), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Tina, King Kong, Kinky Boots), Ashley Loren (Moulin Rouge!, Jekyll & Hyde), Ryann Redmond (Frozen, Escape to Margaritaville, Bring It On), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud, The Lion King), Joey Taranto (Kinky Boots, Spider-Man, Rock of Ages), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Adam Kaplan (A Bronx Tale, Kinky Boots, Newsies), Tony LePage (Come From Away, Rock of Ages), Tamika Lawrence (Come From Away, Beautiful), Julie Reiber (Come From Away, Newsies, Wicked), Happy McPartlin (Come From Away, Hands on a Hardbody), Sara Walsh (School of Rock), Bob Egan of Bob Egan Entertainment, Jacob Dickey (Aladdin), Bart Shatto (Les Miserables), Jai’len Josey (Spongbob Squarepants), Tommy Bracco (CBS Big Brother Competition, Pretty Woman & Newsies), John Allyn (School of Rock, Peter Pan LIVE! on NBC), Benjamin Eakeley (She Loves Me, Cabaret & On A Clear Day You Can See Forever) and more.