On February 6 five of Young Broadway's favorite blondes presented BLONDE AMBITION a one-night-only concert to benefit Broadway Barks, Bernadette Peters' and Maty Tyler Moore's shelter animal charity. Check out our photo coverage of the event below, which features Bernadette Peters and Phillys Newman as well as the stars of the show.
The evening featured Hunter Ryan Herdlicka ("A Little Night Music"), Lora Lee Gayer ("Follies"), Tess Soltau ("The Addams Family"), Ryah Nixon ("9 to 5" national tour), and Jessica Waxman, with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala.
Broadway Barks is a charity all five of the performers hold near and dear to their hearts, particularly Herdlicka and Gayer, who both shared the Broadway stage with ‘Barks' founder Bernadette Peters, and Waxman, who adopted her beloved puppy Woody through ‘Barks.'
Broadway Barks came about as a result of Bernadette Peters' and Mary Tyler Moore's passion for animals. Originally conceived as a program to promote the adoption of shelter animals, Broadway Barks has evolved into an event that has not only focused on the plight of homeless animals but has opened the door of communication and fostered a spirit of community among the number shelters and rescue groups working throughout the city. Previously many of these groups struggled in anonymity and isolation left to their own devices for promotion and fundraising in a job which is emotionally draining.
Photo credit: Joshua David Brown Photography
Ryah Nixon, Benjamin Rauhala, Lora Lee Gayer, Bernadette Peters, Tess Soltau, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Jessica Waxman
Phyllis Newman and Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters and Michael Ersch
Bernadette Peters and Benjamin Rauhala
Ryah Nixon and Tess Soltau
Lora Lee Gayer
Ryan Melia, Tess Soltau and Michael Thurber
Ryah Nixon, Lora Lee Gayer, Jessica Waxman, Tess Soltau and Michael Thurber
Tess Soltau, Ryah Nixon, Lora Lee Gayer, Jessica Waxman and Ryan Melia
Lora Lee Gayer
Lora Lee Gayer, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Ryah Nixon
Michael Thurber and Lora Lee Gayer
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Ryah Nixon and Jessica Waxman
Benjamin Rauhala, Jessica Waxman, Lora Lee Gayer, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Ryah Nixon and Tess Soltau
Benjamin Rauhala, Ryah Nixon and Jenna Leigh Green
Steffanie Leigh and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Steffanie Leigh and Robert Lenzi
Steffanie Leigh and Barrett Davis
Ryah Nixon, Jessica Waxman, Tess Soltau and Lora Lee Gayer
Terese Genecco and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Lora Lee Gayer
Benjamin Rauhala and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka