Drum­roll please…Covenant House Florida hosts ‘Night of Broad­way Stars’

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Broward Center for the Per­form­ing Arts will bring to­gether the de­lights of Broad­way for “Night of Broad­way Stars,” ben­e­fit­ing the home­less youth shel­tered by Covenant House Florida Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion shel­ters and serves more than 1,500 teens and young adults each year.

“Night of Broad­way Stars” is a one-of-a kind mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, show­cas­ing Broad­way tal­ent. Lead mae­stro spon­sor is City Fur­ni­ture and mat­inée spon­sors in­clude Ac­cen­ture USA, T&G Con­struc­tors and Batchelor Foun­da­tion.

This year’s event hon­ors the mem­ory of Kevin Koenig, co-founder of City Fur­ni­ture, and rec­og­nizes his con­tin­u­ing sup­port. Un­der Koenig’s lead­er­ship, the “Kevin Koenig Me­mo­rial Covenant House Golf and Fish­ing Tour­na­ment” has raised more than $2 mil­lion for Covenant House over the last 18 years.

Paige O’Hara, known as Belle from Dis­ney’s Os­car-an­i­mated film “Beauty and the Beast,” will also be hon­ored. O’Hara is a na­tive of Fort Laud­erdale, who at­tended Park­way Mid­dle School of the Arts in Lauder­hill and Nova High School in Davie. Her ca­reer has since spanned from Broad­way to opera, con­cert stages and record­ings. The guest host for the event is Rox­anne Var­gas, the en­ter­tain­ment host and reporter for “6 in the Mix” on NBC 6 South Florida.

“Night of Broad­way Stars,” cre­ated by lyri­cist and per­former Neil Berg, will in­clude selec­tions from Broad­way shows such as as “Phan­tom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” “Les Misérables,” “Wicked,” “Evita” and “Jekyll & Hyde,” per­formed by Broad­way vet­er­ans Ca­p­athia Jenk­ins, Rita Har­vey, John Treacy Egan, Natalie Toro and Quentin Earl-Dar­ring­ton. Cel­e­brated tap dance artist Ted Louis Levy also will show­case his tal­ent.

The evening will be­gin with din­ner sta­tions and pre­mier cock­tails in the Peck Court­yard, while guests bid on silent auc­tion items. Af­ter­ward, guests will head to the Broward Center’s Amaturo The­ater for the Broad­way event. Dur­ing the show, a live auc­tion will fea­ture an $8,000 cruise do­nated by Aza­mara Club Cruises, the lux­ury brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Af­ter the auc­tion and Broad­way per­for­mance, guests will min­gle with the Broad­way stars and Covenant House youth at a dessert and cham­pagne re­cep­tion in the Peck Court­yard.

Tick­ets are $225 per per­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Elisa Stone at 954-568-7914 or visit www.NightOfBroad­wayS­tarsFla. org.

Pho­tos by Kara Starzyk

Jim Gress, left, and Jeff Rich­man

Cindy Schutt, left, and Jeff Cato

Jill Horowitz, left, and Jim Norton

Kath­leen Scheuer­mann, left, and Elisa Stone

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