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BroadwayGlobal says' Simply Broadway is the Benefit Concert of the Holiday Season! The performance by Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell will benefit Maltz Jupiter Theatre and The Actors Fund. Just last year in January, countless Florida Artists from middle school age to our professional entertainers all gathered for a Sandy Relief Actors Fund Benefit at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre.

Theatre Chat invited the Facebook Florida Theatre Chat group of artists and patrons with now over 7,000 arts lovers, to come together in support for new funding for The Actors Fund. Benefits like this one night only performance at Maltz Jupiter Theatre must be held throughout our Nation to help keep The Actors Fund sustained.

"We are thrilled to see that Maltz Jupiter Theatre has followed our lead. Having the largest local Florida regional theatre, who has the credibility to bring Broadway's biggest leading man, Brian Stokes Mitchell to the stage. Stokes powerful voice and one man hit show Simply Broadway, will help support vital needs of Actors around the Nation. Last year at this time NYC had just been hit by the huge storm, Sandy. The Actors Fund not only helped Actors in need at that time, but The Actors Fund also assist with Social Services, Emergency Financial Assistance, Health Care, Insurance Counseling, Housing, and Employment and Training Services year round.

The Actors Fund serves as a lifeline for workers in the performing arts. Having Broadway, television and film star and multi-award winning performer Brian Stokes Mitchell headline the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Benefit is sure to raise important funds. The show will also help support our largest local regional theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, who offers so many special programs. "Concerts like these Hosted by Maltz Jupiter Theatre are vital to countless arts programs and artists. I can't think of a more important ticket this Holiday Season. Simply Broadway is the most Important Benefit Concert this Holiday Season." Richard Cameron of BroadwayGlobal.

Simply Broadway was first a hit at at Lincoln Center in New York City, where it had tremandous turnout and support. Now local Florida arts lovers can take part by enjoying a special concert at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Brian Stokes Mitchell will entertain South Florida for this special one night event at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Simply Broadway is an intimate 90-minute concert entitled Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway. The evening of music will showcase Brian's newest album for Maltz Jupiter Theatre and The Actors Fund.

“As our Chairman, Brian Stokes Mitchell is dedicated to The Actors Fund and arts organizations across the country,” said Fund CEO Joseph Benincasa. “The proceeds from this Simply Broadway evening, as it was with Lincoln Center, will support the vital programs of The Fund and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.”

“We are thrilled to be working together with The Actors Fund and sharing, with Brian Stokes Mitchell, his passion for the importance of the arts in the lives of people everywhere,” said the Theatre’s managing director Tricia Trimble.

Since 1882, The Actors Fund has served as a lifeline for workers in the performing arts and provides a wide range of social services that now help 13,500 professionals each year. Since 2004, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has emerged on the theatrical scene offering award-winning productions among some of the best in the country. As a LORT B regional theatre Maltz Jupiter Theatre brings the most Equity union contracts to South Floirda, keeping artists employed and patrons entertained at a professional level.

“I’ve been a supporter of The Actors Fund for many years,” said Dr. Sidney Lesowitz, a Palm Beach resident and Maltz Jupiter Theatre supporter. “I think it’s a wonderful cause and I can’t image a better representative than Brian Stokes Mitchell. I think he’s an extraordinary performer.”

Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by the New York Times, Stokes has enjoyed a rich and varied career. His Broadway work includes Man of La Mancha (Tony Award nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Ragtime (Tony Award nomination); August Wilson’s King Hedley II (Tony nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman; and Jelly’s Last Jam.

As part of the exclusive benefit concert, up to 70 supporters can choose to attend an elegant pre-concert sit-down dinner onsite at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in the new upstairs club level, The Green Room, before moving to their VIP seats in the orchestra. After the performance, Stokes will join the guests for dessert, coffee and cordials.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway is sponsored by Bonnie Osher, Chris Kritikos, Muriel and Ralph Saltzman, Roberta and Harvey Golub, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Dee Topol and Kretzer Piano. The benefit concert will take place at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Tickets begin at $50. For more information, call the box office at (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.

The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws over 70,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,611 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence in 2012. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone performers and those behind the scenes, who work in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 13,500 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund for 131 years has been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.

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