Broadway Revue Raises $4,000

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Two performances of annual show doubled 2010 donations for AIDS relief
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The fifth annual Broadway Revue raised $4,000 for the Alliance for AIDS Services Carolina-Durham and Zoe Ministry, doubling the previous year’s donations.Smith and Hays in "To Life"

While tickets to the April 15-16 performances at Durham’s historic Hayti Heritage Center were free, audiences were invited to make donations to support Durham’s Alliance for AIDS Services and Raleigh-based Zoe Ministry, which empowers children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.

Co-directed by seniors Megan Burt and Lizzie Wright, the revue featured tunes from Broadway hits performed by a cast of students, faculty, and administrators, including Dean Richard B. Hays.

The performances included:Chapman as Hook

Dean Hays, G.W. Ivey Professor of New Testament, and the Rev. Charles Michael Smith, pastor-in-residence at the Divinity School, who lifted their mugs in celebration as they sang “To Life”—“L’chaim” in Hebrew—from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Stephen Chapman, associate professor of Old Testament, as Hook, replete with moustache and heavy black eyebrows, who wowed the crowd with his performance of "Hook's Waltz" from "Peter Pan." 

Master of Divinity student Bryant Manning D’13, soloist in the "Circle of Life" from the "Lion King," opened Act 2 with an ensemble of dancers embodying the creatures of the savannah.  Special effects for the number included large origami paper birds that “flew” over the audience, and the use of huge pieces of colored cloth raised and lowered on the stage to suggest streams and mountains. Students in "Circle of Life"

This was the first year that the Broadway Revue offered two performances. The 2010 show, held at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, raised almost $2,000 for AIDS relief.

Photos by Franklin Golden.