Jessica Hendy and the Cast of CATS Sing for Seniors in Midtown
SFYS Founder and Artistic Director Jackie Vanderbeck said, "Sing For Your Seniors' Broadway Sessions bring the essence of a particular show to a community of people who would otherwise not get the opportunity to experience the wonder and thrill of Broadway because of their physical health or financial need."
"The CATS performance in particular allowed our members to interact with wonderful actors of all ages," said Steve Wilkinson, SAGE Center Midtown Site Manager. "The intergenerational aspect of SFYS is a crucial part of SAGE's Strategic Plan priority of creating ties across generations and we are thankful for the support of this fantastic group."
"I was so happy to be a part of my first Sing For Your Seniors with my castmates from Cats," said Jessica Hendy (Broadway: Amneris in AIDA, Grizabella in Cats, Amoure). "All the guests at SAGE were so excited to see us perform some of our favorite songs. It reminded me that telling the story of songs is about reaching people, no matter how big or small the stage is."
Performers from CATS included Christopher Gurr (Broadway: Cats, Amazing Grace, Kinky Boots, Tuck Everlasting, All the Way, Spamalot), Quentin Earl Darrington (Broadway: Cats, Coalhouse in the Ragtime Revival, A New Brain at Encores), Sarah Jane Shanks (Broadway: Cats, Bright Star, Shrek, Promises, Promises, Off Broadway: Far From Heaven), Harris Milgrim (Broadway: Cats. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, West Side Story National Tour), Jessica Hendy (Broadway: Amneris in AIDA, Grizabella in Cats, Amoure), Richard Todd Adams (Broadway: Cats, The Pirate Queen, Woman in White, National Tours: The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Miserables), Meghan Ort (Broadway: Cats, EVITA First National) and William Waldrop (Broadway: Cats, Evita, Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, On the Town) on piano.
Sing For Your Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides live musical performances and social enrichment to seniors in need. Professional performing artists not only entertain but also build relationships within the senior community through the creative and connective power of theatre arts. With a focus on seniors who are low-income, have dementia or Alzheimer's, and/or require palliative and rehabilitation care, we are passionate about using music to bring joy to those who need it most. For more information on Sing For Your Seniors or to apply to perform with them in NYC, visit www.singforyourseniors.org.