Broadway fills the Hall
They brought Broadway to Barbados, and did it all for charity; and the packed Frank Collymore Hall had a grand time.
Last night, the New York Broadway performers filled the hall with the sweet sounds of music all in the name of the Broadway To Barbados Charitable Trust. The trust aims to acquire diagnostic and special monitoring equipment for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital –– in the Intensive Care Unit and the Accident & Emergency Department.
Project coordinator Robert Bourque said since the inception of the trust, the initiative had raised in excess of $1 million in cash contributions and or commitments. He said that to date the trust had committed $743, 581 towards various equipment, specialized training programmes, furniture and critical supplies. He further called on the private sector business to stick together to help improve the running of the hospital, because the QEH could no longer rely on the Government to do it.
The performers included acclaimed Broadway actress Jeannette Bayardelle, who is best known for her roles in the revival production Hair and The Colour Purple on Broadway. Jeannette was a definite hit with the crowd as she belted out hit after hit. Her cover of Saved was definitely one of the favourites as she brought church to the hall, shoes off and stomping included.
Also performing were Danny Zolli, Rita Harvey, Alan Green, Carole Demas, Carter Calvert and Chuck Wagner who were all well received by the audience.
The cast ended the night with the hit Don’t Stop Believing, bringing listeners their feet, and moving them to sing along to boot.
Broadway To Barbados continues tonight and tomorrow, and February 25 to 28 at Frank Collymore Hall.