A Benefit Concert presented by The PATH Fund and The Schoch Foundation
Melissa Etheridge – Lifetime Achievement
Rick French – Ambassador Of Rock
Michael Cerveris – Tony Award winner (The Who’s Tommy, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Fun Home)
Will Chase – Tony Award nominee (The Mystery Of Edwin Drood*, Kiss Me Kate, Rent)
Morgan James (Motown The Musical, The Addams Family, Godspell)
Constantine Maroulis, Tony Award nominee (Rock & Roll Man, Jekyll & Hyde, Rock Of Ages*); American Idol
Apollo Levine (MJ The Musical)
Ryann Redmond (Once Upon A One More Time, Bring It On, Frozen)
….many more to be announced in the coming weeks!
Proceeds to Benefit: Broadway Bound Kids, Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, The Felix Organization, Teen Cancer America, The PATH Fund
Sponsored by: The Schoch Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. J. Barry Howell
• Full Dinner Menu Available
• All Ages
• VIP Doors 6pm
• GA Doors 7pm
ROCKERS ON BROADWAY® is the original Broadway rock concert series created in 1993. For 30 years this unique charity event, features a powerhouse lineup of Broadway’s best sharing their inner rock star with an amazing band and tons of special guests.
Each year ROCKERS ON BROADWAY honors an industry luminary who has inspired and enhanced the community. This year we are honoring the legendary Academy Award and Grammy Winning Melissa Etheridge with a Lifetime Achievement Award. And, our Ambassador of Rock is Rick French, a leader in PR, advertising and digital media who is a huge supporter of the arts and sits on the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame amongst others.
The PATH Fund, Inc.® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting arts education. PATH, which stands for “Performing Artists That Help,” is guided by the premise that as artists, we have a responsibility to nurture our community and empower the next generation in performing arts. We aim to support and inspire artists in finding their artistic path. We are committed to making a positive impact through music and theater and strive to bring people together and create a sense of belonging and connection within our community.”
“This series of annual shows is always a great occasion, and everyone who takes part is honoring the fact that good rock music has a place on Broadway.” – Pete Towshend, The Who
“What a F*cking crazy night! Like I don’t wanna say anything except, these performances just knocked my socks off! Such a great cause but man, I didn’t realize their were so many great f*cking singers and their all here tonight! So thank you!” – Diane Warren, Academy & Grammy Award Winner
“I’ve had a great, great night tonight. This was the most wonderful show…great charity.The performers in the show were so talented. I had such a ball. It’s phenomenal.” – Berry Gordy, Motown Records
ABOUT MELISSA ETHERIDGE
Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs,” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest-charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. In February 2007, Melissa Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy® Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. As a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won. Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy® telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so, she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.
On October 7, 2016, Melissa Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E., recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis. The album received stellar reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and more. She followed that up with the release of The Medicine Show in April 2019. For The Medicine Show, Melissa reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks and sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion, and, most profoundly, healing.
In June 2020, Etheridge launched her own live-streaming subscription and single-ticket concert platform, Etheridge TV, and has done over 200 live streams in 2020.
On September 17, 2021, Melissa released a new album called One Way Out. The 9-track album is a collection of songs Etheridge wrote in the late ’80s and early ’90s that never made the cut … until now! The time is finally right, and fans will finally get a deeper glimpse into who Melissa was then.
October 2022 saw Melissa’s return to the theatre with her one-woman show, My Window – A Journey Through Life. The critically acclaimed, sold-out run premiered at New World Stages in 2022, and comes to Broadway in this fall.
ABOUT RICK FRENCH
Rick French is chairman and chief executive officer of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), a public relations, public affairs, advertising, and digital media agency with offices in Raleigh, New York City, Boston, Tampa, and L.A. Every year since 2007, FWV has ranked as one of America’s 20 largest independently owned public relations agencies and one of the world’s 75 largest integrated marketing agencies, independent or otherwise. It is a 20x National Agency of the Year recipient that was also named both the 2017 and 2019 Global PR Agency of the Year by a selection committee representing some of the world’s leading media outlets. Three times he has been named one of the “World’s 300 Most Influential Communicators” by PR Week.
In addition to serving the Board of Directors of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, Rick is a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the internationally-renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, Ohio; and he serves on the Board of Directors and leads the National Advisory Council of Teen Cancer America. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association.
Rick is also co-owner of the Daytona Tortugas, the Advanced-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds.
Highlights Videos from past Rockers On Broadway events.
Rockers On Broadway 2018 with a surprise from Pete Townshend
Rockers On Broadway: The 70s
Rockers On Broadway Celebrating the 60’s
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