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Billy Gardell and John Lloyd Young Will Perform to Fight Cancer


Stars of television, stage, and stand-up are joining together to support weSPARK's second annual "Broadway & Beyond" variety show. Billy Gardell (CBS' "Mike & Molly")  and Tony-winner John Lloyd Young ("Jersey Boys") are among the stars who will perform to raise money and awareness for the cancer support center on Monday, September 26 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.

“'Broadway & Beyond' is a unique opportunity for the public to see their favorite stars performing live,” said weSPARK’s Executive Director Nancy Allen in a statement. “This fundraising effort helps weSPARK keep our services completely free of charge for cancer patients and their families.”

Produced and directed by Barbara Epstein, the event will also include performances by "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta and percussion group Rhythm Extreme. Choreographer and cancer survivor Mary Murphy, judge of "So You Think You Can Dance," will receive the "HEART OF weSPARK" Award; Marc Cherry, creator of "Desperate Housewives," will receive the "CREATION OF AWARENESS" Award; and reconstruction and plastic surgeon Dr. Leif Rogers will receive the "COMMITMENT TO CARE" Award.


Founded in 2001, weSPARK Cancer Support Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families, and friends. weSPARK provides free services designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

UPDDATE: Other performers include Alonzo Bodden ("Best Comic Standing"), Russell Ferguson ("So You Think You Can Dance"), David Burnham ("Wicked"), Steven Weber ("Wings"), Lindsey Alley ("Bedtime Stories"), Tracie Thoms ("Rent"), Kevin Hunte ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Valarie Pettiford ("House of Payne"), Jason Graae, and Gev Manoukian ("So You Think You Can Dance").

"Broadway & Beyond" will be on Monday, September 26 at the Alex Theatre (216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203) at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets by phone please call 818-243-ALEX or purchase online at www.alextheatre.org. Members of the Screen Actors Guild will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets. For more information please contact Wren Claire Sellz at 818-906-3022 or [email protected]

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