Last weekend the Marist Singers hosted their 15th annual “Night on Broadway” benefit concert featuring both individual student performances and group musical numbers. All proceeds, over $6,500, were donated to Broadway Care/Equity Fights Aids.
The Singers presented a wide range of selections, from classic musicals like “Man of La Mancha” to modern sensations like “Hamilton”. The event poignantly ended with a “Rent” medley performed by the entire Singers ensemble, met with standing ovations at each of the three performances.
Sarah Williams, Director of Choral Activities, said the event has grown tremendously since she started ten years ago. Her first Night on Broadway (NOB) took place in the Cabaret, with only 10 to 15 acts, and raised $300. Each year, attendance and production value steadily increased until NOB “evolved into the beast it is today,” Williams said.
The slate of musical acts presented at NOB is meant to provide the audience “with the best box of chocolates…with funny, poignant, classic, sad, and wacky music,” Williams said.
Junior and outgoing Singers President Michael Yelovich completed his third NOB.
“It was my time to give back to the Marist community and use my influence as president to help Broadway Care and Equity Fights Aids,” Yelovich said.
For freshmen and new Singers members experiencing their first NOB, Yelovich said he hopes “they learned that they are singing for something bigger than themselves and also had a fun time knowing they are supporting a great cause.”
Williams said the music performed at NOB is meant to uplift the audience and leave them with an impactful message, and the “Dear Evan Hansen” selections epitomized the message of this year’s NOB.
“No one is alone. All you have to do is reach out and someone will be there,” Williams said.
Sarah Lynch, Class of 2021
Photos: Courtesy of Stephanie Jones