In two weeks, Broadway starlet and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (known for her work in Kinky Boots, Wicked, You Can’t Take it With You, Rent and Legally Blonde) will perform her cabaret show at Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College. Her cabaret show Lost in the Stars is a tribute to Studio 54 that features songs from the disco era.
KU Hillel and Gilda’s club partnered together to plan and promote this event. Amy Sandler, KU Hillel’s Development Director, said working with Gilda’s Club over the past few months has helped with the excitement of the event.
“Partnering with Gilda’s Club Kansas City has been a wonderful experience,” Sandler said. “While this event is a terrific fundraiser for KU Hillel, we are glad to be part of an event that is also raising funds for Gilda’s Club—they do such important work in our community.”
KU Hillel engages students at the university and provides them with leadership roles. This this event gives some of those students an extra opportunity to work in the Kansas City community. “While this event is not directly targeted at students, it is still a wonderful opportunity for us to utilize our student leaders,” Sandler said. “Many of our interns will work as volunteers prior to the show and intern Dani Malakoff has been working on an incredible video about KU Hillel that will premiere before the show.”
Thanks to a few generous donors in the Kansas City community, 50 KU Hillel student leaders will attend the show at no cost.
“I am obsessed with Broadway, and the chance to actually see a Tony Award nominated actress does not come around often. Annaleigh Ashford is a spectacular performer and I am beyond excited to get to see her live,” KU sophomore Mackenzie Haun said.
Tickets are selling quickly. If you are interested in becoming a patron for this event or buying individual tickets for $50, please check out KU Hillel’s website www.kuhillel.org or contact Amy Sandler and Amy@Kuhillel.org or 785-749-5397.
Lost in the Stars Committee Members are Gail Appelbaum, Herb Buchbinder, Susie Greenberg, Fred Kahn, Arlene Kaseff, Eric Kaseff and Sally Katz.