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I can defy gravity! This month we recruited three Elphabas in support of our annual benefit concert, Arts for Autism. Yes, you heard me right. We sat down with three Broadway actresses that played the green-faced, Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked and recorded an arrangement of the famous song “Defying Gravity.” Performed at the Gershwin Theatre, home to Wicked, Arts for Autism is bringing the two shows together in support of autism awareness.

“You know you’re doing something right when you ask people from the Broadway community to sing something for your concert and they all say yes,” Says Jacque Carnahan, Arts for Autism Producer. She says, “I think that speaks volumes about the generosity of performers in general, but also it speaks to the importance of the cause and that there are a lot of people who want to help in any way they can.”

Arts for Autism is an annual benefit concert where students from around the country are joined by a star studded Broadway cast as they perform together on one of the most famous stages on Broadway.  It’s an evening of dancing and singing to entertain and promote awareness and education about autism. The event is hosted by Tony Award winner, Kelli O’Hara, and last year more than 20 Broadway stars jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the event.

“The song “Defying Gravity” is a perfect fit for our event,” says Michael Holzer, ETA General Manager and Arts for Autism Producer. He says, “It’s about a struggle and it reminds us that every day people overcome all kinds of obstacles that they face.”

The vision for this event is to raise awareness and inspire a feeling of kindness, compassion, tolerance and understanding. Last year the event raised $36,000 for Autism Speaks with more than 1,000 people in attendance.*  This year we are hoping to double our impact and hope you will join us for an incredible night of defying gravity!

Join us on June 19th at the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are on sale NOW at www.artsforautism.net.

*100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Autism Speaks

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