ABC Daytime is going back to Broadway! “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!” enthused Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) on Instagram. Stars from AMC, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a special one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m ET.
“This event is truly one of a kind,” said Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”
The annual tradition began in 2005 as a benefit concert to celebrate AMC’s 35th anniversary and then continued until 2011 as it expanded to include stars from GH and OLTL as well as THE VIEW. The stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at NYC’s Town Hall each year to perform musical numbers and comedic skits for an audience full of loyal fans. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an amazing $1.85 million.
Now, the actors are revisiting their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The show will include numbers by AMC stars Bobbie Eakes (Krystal), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Vincent Irizarry (David), Eva LaRue (Maria), Lucci, Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Eden Riegel (Bianca), Chrishell Stause (Amanda), and Walt Willey (Jackson), OLTL stars Kristen Alderson (Starr), BethAnn Fuenmayor (Talia), Kathy Brier (Marcie), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), David Gregory (Ford), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Evangeline), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), Mark Lawson (Brody), Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Jason Tam (Markko), and Brittany Underwood (Langston), as well as GH’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), and Anthony Geary (ex-Luke).
“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us. We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”
The event will be streamed for free online at BroadwayCares.org, and will be free to watch. But dedicated fans will have the opportunity to make donations in exchange for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with some of the stars on Saturday, Feb. 13. Information about tickets and which stars will be available is not yet available, but we’ll be sure to add that information as soon as it becomes available so keep checking back!