“Broadway & Beyond”: A Musical Night of Humor and Hope

“It’s a musical. A musical. And nothing’s as amazing as a musical!”

October 14, 2017
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On Saturday, October 14th, Voices of Hope (VOH), will present its 9th annual gala performance at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. The local non-profit, which is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research through musical performance, will donate proceeds from the show to support cutting edge work being conducted at the Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at the Mass General Cancer Center.

“This is an invitation, across the nation, a chance for folks to meet. There’ll be laughing, singing, and music swinging. Dancing in the street!”
-Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, & William Stevenson, Motown the Musical

Broadway & Beyond highlights the amazing vocal range and spectacular dance moves of the multi-talented VOH cast. The evening will blend traditional favorites from Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, and Hello Dolly with breakout contemporary numbers from Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, and Something Rotten. This performance is guaranteed to lift the collective spirits of the audience and instill one and all with hope for a future where cancer is a curable disease.

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”
-Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

“Each of our productions is created to spread joy and hope, while honoring the strength and resilience of individuals meeting the tremendous challenges cancer brings,” said Greg Chastain, VOH Founder & President. “Our common experience helps us appreciate the significance of being able to celebrate one more birthday, be present for a first day of school, or dance at a loved one’s wedding. I can’t imagine a better gift than helping to make those important dreams come true.”

“One more dawn. One more day. One day more!”
-Herbert Kretzmer, Les Miserables

“The efforts we have undertaken in the past several years –accelerated by Voices of Hope’s support–have allowed us to understand why it is that one patient responds to a therapy so much better than another,” says Keith Flaherty, MD, Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy at MGH. “Specifically,” he further explains, “we use these funds to augment our robust tumor biopsy program, where we procure, deploy, and analyze patient’s specific genetic testing to help us link the best possible treatment for their unique mutation(s).”

“You are not alone. You will be found.”
-Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen

From the performers, to the choreographers, musicians, back-stage tech, and directors, this production represents more than 100 dedicated members of VOH. Personally impacted by cancer or dedicated to finding a cure, these volunteers collectively donate thousands of hours to rehearsal and planning in the months leading to this single night. Don’t miss this celebration of the new possibilities born by significant advances being achieved through cancer research.

Broadway & Beyond is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Walmart, Conquer Cancer Coalition, Fuddruckers, By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, and media partners: 89.7 WGBH, 90.9 WBUR, and Clear Channel Outdoor

“I’ll paint a ray of hope around you, circling in the air, lighted by a prayer.”
-Joel Hirschorn and Al Kasha, Pete’s Dragon

The VOH gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 7 pm in the theatre lobby, followed by the performance of “Broadway & Beyond” at 8 pm. Tickets for the event are: $40, $50, and $75 (includes VIP reception) and can be purchased by contacting the Theatre Box Office by phone at 978-232-7200, online at www.nsmt.org , or in person at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly, MA. More information is available at www.voicesofhopeboston.org.

About Voices of Hope
Voices of Hope is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research through song and dance. Conceived by local performer, Greg Chastain, who lost his mother in 2009 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Voices of Hope is comprised of local performers whose lives have all been changed by cancer. Honored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center as part of the one hundred in 2011 for their efforts in the fight against cancer, Voices of Hope has donated more than $500,000 for cancer research since 2009.