Fundraising concert ‘The Janice Jam’ coming to NYC’s Haswell Green’s to benefit breast cancer research

A roster of stars from the stage and screen will come together at NYC’s Haswell Green’s on Monday, May 13, for the second annual fundraising concert The Janice Jam, benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Begun by Broadway’s Matt DeAngelis (Waitress), who lost his mother Janice to metastatic breast cancer in 2022, the event is an evening of celebration, remembrance, and awareness, to honor Janice, her love of theater, and the countless people affected by the disease. 100% of the net proceeds will go to funding metastatic breast cancer research grants through BCRF – the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993.

Doors open at Haswell Green’s at 6 pm, with pre-show entertainment for all guests by Margo Mayhem (Midnight Mayhem Burlesque) and special acoustic sets for a VIP pre-show reception featuring AJ Holmes & Caitlin Cook (2/3rds of a Threesome) and John Gallagher Jr. The main concert begins at 7:30, with DeAngelis and friends singing, dancing, and helping bring funding to this special cause.

Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill; TV’s The Gilded Age), and Tony Award nominees Will Swenson (A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical) and Norm Lewis (Porgy & Bess) will join the special evening virtually, with live performances from Omar Jose Cardona (NBC’s The Voice), Jackie Cox (Ru Paul’s Drag Race), Kayla Davion (TINA: The Tina Turner Musical), Lissa DeGuzman (Wicked), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Tony-Award winner John Gallagher Jr. (Swept Away), Julia Hoffman (ONCE National Tour), Bre Jackson (SIX), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Parade), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), 2024 Olivier Award nominee Caissie Levy (Leopoldstadt), Jelani Remy (Back to the Future), Colleen Sexton (Jekyll & Hyde), Talia Suskauer (Wicked), Ryan Vona (Parade), Nik Walker (Spamalot), and DeAngelis (Waitress), along with some additional surprises. The evening’s band, led by musical director Jacob Yates (keyboards), features Rich Mercurio (drums), Lee Nadel (bass), Meg Toohey (guitar), Yair Evnine (guitar and cello), and special guest Andrew Gutauskas (sax).

Matt DeAngelis. Photo courtesy of The Janice Jam.

When The Jam is over, you can keep the party going at Janice Jam Afterglow, presented by Stage Time. Dance the night away with DJ Mike Borowski, live music from Julia Hoffman and Andrew Gutauskas, sword swallowing by Gin Minskey, burlesque performers, and more. Specialty cocktails, a cash bar, and a full menu will be available to all attendees throughout the evening, with special beverages sponsored by DE-NADA Tequila, New Amsterdam Vodka, Pink Whitney Vodka, and High Noon Spirits, and additional support from Clarins.

In addition to the concert, a Virtual Auction is now live to raise more donations to BCRF. Donated items up for bidding include: tickets to Back to the Future, The Book of Mormon, Gazillion Bubble Show, Hadestown, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Hell’s Kitchen, The Lion King, Stage Time NYC, SIX, Titaníque, The Who’s TOMMY, and Wicked; restaurant vouchers from Dutch Fred’s, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, Glass House Tavern, Haswell Green’s, Hurley’s, L’Adresse NoMad, McHale’s, Ruth’s Chris, and Sir Henry’s; signed Broadway posters; celebration videos from Broadway stars; an original illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson; studio coaching from The Working Studio; an original song written by Tom McGovern; a Clarins gift basket; and more. To submit your bids, click here.

The Janice Jam plays on Monday, May 13, 2024, beginning at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:00), at Haswell Green’s, 240 West 52nd Street, NYC. For tickets (priced at $65-99, and $50 for the afterparty add-on), go online.



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