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Watch: Broadway Legend Rachelle Rak Talks Showbiz, Career and the Fight Against AIDS

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017
Rachelle Rak and Michael Cavanaugh
Rachelle Rak and Michael Cavanaugh  

In advance of her appearance at the Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards on Monday October 16, Broadway legend Rachelle Rak opened up about her career on Broadway, her association with "Dance Moms"'s Abby Lee Miller and her commitment to raising money for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Nicknamed "Sas", Rak began her dance training at the age of 2 under the direction of her mother in Pittsburgh. She is labeled a Triple Threat on Broadway for her immeasurable talent in dance, singing, and acting. She has delighted audiences on Broadway for her work in "Fosse", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", "Catch Me If You Can", "The Look of Love", "Oklahoma!", "Thou Shalt Not" and "Cats." She is best-known to small screen audiences for her appearances on Lifetime series "Dance Moms" and "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" She was presented with an award by Dance Educators of America for her contribution to the world of dance and has had a huge impact on the Broadway Community. 

Rak will be honored at the Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards on Monday October 16 in New York. Sharing the stage with Rak will be fellow honoree and ABT principal dancer James Whiteside. Dancer Michael Campayno ("Wicked") will be honored with the John Adams HERO Award for best Broadway debut. The 2017 HERO Partner Award will be given to the Jed Foundation (JED) for their work in protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults.

The annual event will feature 15 original performances and a cast of over 30 stars from the worlds of Broadway and ballet including: Rak, Campayno, and Whiteside, as well as: Casey Trenary (ABT Soloist), Michael-Leon Wooley "Little Shop of Horrors"), Michael Cusumano ("American in Paris"), Patrick Boyd ("Grease"), Sean Stewart (American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alum), Jose Sebastian ("American Ballet Theatre"), Luis Villabon ("A Chorus Line"), Morgan Stinnett (Ajkun Ballet Company), Cristy Candler ("Rock of Ages"), Georgina Pazcoguin (New York City Ballet soloist), Brandon Leffler ("On The Town"), Chris Messina ("A Bronx Tale"), Jesse JP Johnson ("Wicked"), Neil Starkenberg ("Mamma Mia"), Travis Nesbitt ("Altar Boys"), Seeley Stephens ("American Idol" finalist), Evan Lacombe ("The Christmas Spectacular" at Radio City Music Hall), Gabrielle Salvatto (Ballet West demi-soloist).

The evening also promises special performances by principal dancers from Ballet West, Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics, Icaurs-Ioannis Melissananidis, The Boy Band Project, the dance department of Pace University with an opening number choreographed by Madeline Rodrigue, and more.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $100 for VIP Seated and are available at www.hivhero.org


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