Pete Townshend and Tony Award-winning director, Des McAnuff, will be honored on November 11 at Rockers on Broadway for their collaboration on the 1993 musical “The Who’s Tommy,” Playbill reports.
Following his performance in the Tommy musical, actor Donnie Kehr realized the artistic value created by fusing Rock & Roll and Broadway. He went on to create the event Rockers on Broadway later in 1993 and will be celebrating 20 years of success at this year’s show, which will take place at the Poisson Rouge in Soho.
“This year, for our 20th anniversary, we're honoring Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff because they gave me the idea for the event. Rock & Roll and Broadway were never a mix. They were able to change that,” Kehr said (via Playbill.com).
The show will feature performances by several Tony Award-winning actors including Michael Cerveris and Alice Ripley as well as Rock and Roll artist, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees.
Rockers on Broadway has benefited numerous charities since its inception, raising over $300,000 for The Broadway Dreams Foundation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the ASCAP Foundation’s Children Will Listen Program.
For more info, head to RockersOnBroadway.com.