Telethons to Save Broadway – Lincoln native hosts fundraisers that saved theaters, organizations and nightclubs | Entertainment
For the York Theater Telethon, D’Angora filmed a musical that was written for the venue on a green screen.
“We did an entire show, one actor at a time. It was really funny, ridiculous and campy, ”he said. “Each of them had their own production. We wanted it not to be just another stream of people singing show tunes. We wanted to produce a show that people would want to listen to and watch and give. “
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Some 600 celebrities took part in the six virtual shows. None of them were paid.
“Tom and I didn’t take a dime,” he said. “It was for the cause. It was us, Tim and Joe, sitting behind our computers, doing all we could to get publicity, get stars and get people to contribute.
And given that they did, the D’Angoras raised $ 1.4 million in six months to save some of Manhattan’s iconic locations, including The LAByrinth Theater Company, The Theater World Awards, and The Stonewall Inn Safe. Spaces.
For Michael D’Angora, the price for all the hard work came days after Christmas, when the West Bank Cafe secured the money that would allow him to keep the doors open.
“The owner said,” I expected to close this forever. Today, I am able to offer the staff, who accompanied me during the pandemic, a Christmas bonus, ”said D’Angora. “It was very moving.”