Broadway Corner benefit for AIDS is sold out

February 12, 1993|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer

The people who run Dick Gessner's Broadway Corner in Annapolis have two words for their upcoming AIDS benefit: sold out.

It took about three weeks and simple word of mouth to sell all 600 tickets at $35 apiece for four dinner shows, Feb. 25 through 28. So great was the demand that the club decided to sell tickets for dress rehearsals on Feb. 23 and 24. The 24th is sold out, and as of yesterday, only 19 tickets at $15 apiece remained for Feb. 23.

"We knew we were going to get a good response, " said Sylvia de la Rua, Mr. Gessner's partner, but the sellout is "beyond our expectations."

The show, featuring 33 songs written by Baltimore-born lyricist Howard Ashman, will benefit the Baltimore chapter of HERO, a nonprofit organization that provides public education about AIDS and services to AIDS patients.

Mr. Ashman, who won Academy Awards for his lyrics in the Disney movies "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast," died of AIDS-related illnesses in March, 1991. He was 40.

The benefit will feature a 36-member chorus and Mr. Gessner on piano.

Mr. Ashman's mother, Shirley Gershman, is a regular at Dick Gessner's. Ms. Gershman, her husband, Al, and Mr. Gessner organized the benefit. It is expected to raise $10,000 to $15,000 for HERO (Health Education Resource Organization).

The benefit will raise money to buy tickets for AIDS patients who could not afford to attend a bigger HERO benefit in Baltimore on April 18. That dinner and show at the Fifth Regiment Armory is expected to raise $250,000, said Gina Wilson, HERO's development director.

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