Last month No Bully hosted a one-night-only event to benefit No Bully and its work to end bullying in schools, at Feinstein’s 54 Below, Supper Club, New York.
Broadway Against Bullying, New York was the first event by No Bully on the East Coast, with a full house of 150 people who gave generously to support the launch of No Bully in New York.
Broadway stars shared their experiences of bullying and performed songs based on the theme of the event. The audience were on the edge of their seats and many were moved to tears as they heard the stories.
Featured performers were from some of Broadway's biggest musical hits - Lesli Margherita ("Dames at Sea", "Matilda, The Musical”), Doug Lyons - ("Book of Mormon", “Beautiful”), Alysha Umphress ("On The Town", “Beaches”), Julia Murney ("Wicked", “Lennon”), Alexander Nifong ("Pretty Little Liars, “Glee”), Andrea McArdle ("2 Across", "Newsical, The Musical”), Kevin Duda ("Book of Mormon", “Beautiful”), Shapiro Sisters - Milly and Abigail ("Matilda", “Grinch”), Jenna Pasqua - ("Tess: A Rock Opera”) and Kenton Duty ("Lost", "Shake it Up”). The evening was directed by two time Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated producer and internationally acclaimed Music Director/Pianist, Michael J. Moritz Jr.
Carly and Martina,14 year old twins, performed a song themed on anti-bullying called "Make Me Happy”. The song's message was one of finding happiness from within and not allowing other people to dictate how you feel resonated with everyone. “We played for a wonderful cause, had so much fun, met some really amazing people and made new friends”.
Jenna Pasqua shared this message with the audience - “When you think things are terrible in life and then something changes and you need to hold on to that hope and there is something waiting for you around the corner”
Speaking after the event Nicholas Carlisle, CEO of No Bully said
“The event was a huge hit, and we are very thankful to all the stars who performed at the show. We are aiming to partner with fifty schools in New York City and on the East Coast starting in fall 2015. I am very excited to announce the next Broadway against Bullying will will take place in San Francisco on Monday October 17, 2016 at Feinsteins at the Hotel Nikko”