When You Wish Upon A Star…

Think back to a time when, whether or not you were asked, you’d explain that when you grew up, your name would be all lit up on Broadway.  No matter where you’re from (except New York), you were headed straight to the city that never sleeps to prove the adage that if you can make it there, you’d make it anywhere. Somewhere along the way, for any number of reasons, those dreams changed – perhaps your name is now written in sky blue on personalized stationary or is embossed on your business card.  For a select few, that dream has become a brightly lit reality.  Those are the ones who, while singing in some very green makeup, for example, keep the dream alive for kids of every ilk.

Everyone from the ingénue to the witch has a role to play in the theatre and this Saturday night, there are some big names coming together to make sure kids are still dreaming big.  Make-A-Wish Orange County president Mark Pilone and theatre producer Robert Krueger have joined forces to not only raise money for Make-A-Wish, but to do so in a way that, as Pilon says, “goes beyond the chicken dinners in a hotel ballroom.”  Their lineup includes Broadway heavyweights like Norm Lewis (Les Miserables, Little Mermaid), Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde), Tim Howar (Rent), and the girls from Wicked that we recently sat down with: Megan Hilty and Eden Espinosa.  According to associate producer Elyse Barton, their opening act will be a “very special performance by a local star.”  We are sure that Saturday night will be the truest form of wish fulfillment!

Make-A-Wish Orange County is one of the hardest working chapters in the country.  With 300 local wishes a year and 425 wishes they coordinate for kids across the nation, the organization decided to branch out with this “Broadway Wishes” concert in order to reach new supporters and a new audience.  They developed a team of local volunteers, producers, and familiar names to come together and remind Southern California how worthy and inspirational this cause really is.

Each performer will get on stage and do just what it is that he or she does best; Megan Hilty and Eden Espinosa will be singing tunes from Wicked, Kate Shindle and Laura Bell Bundy,we have a hunch, will perform a selection from Legally Blonde, and so on – think of it as their “greatest hits.”  What better way to make sure kids are inspired by the performing arts – get a bunch of brightly lit names on stage, give them all microphones, and by the way, they’re here to support Make-A-Wish.  They say we should all dream big… Mission accomplished.

P.S. We got a chance to chat with Megan Hilty and Eden Espinosa from Wicked about why they’re passionate about this performance, what made them want to do what they do, and why they still love it.  Check it out!

“Broadway Wishes” is on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm at the Orange County Pavilion.  For more information, please call or click here.  To buy your tickets, please click here.

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