Upstage Lung Cancer

Using performing arts to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research

December 7, 2017

From Bench to Broadway
Songs Where the Science Is

  • Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
    500 Main Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 6:00 pm Silent Auction

    7:30 pm Showtime

    A reception follows the show

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On December 7th Upstage Lung Cancer will collaborate with the scientists at Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (KI) to make music where the science is.

Emmy Award-winning Arts, Entertainment Editor, and President of Boston Theater Critics, Joyce Kulhawik returns to emcee our 9th annual cabaret concert. This year, Candy O’Terry, Award- winning radio & television personality, singer & recording artist, and founder and former co-host of WMJX, Magic 106.7/Boston’s Exceptional Women radio show will add her vocal talents, along with Guest Artist, Sheree Dunwell, and our celebrated cast of Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Michael Hammondand Paula Markowicz. They will create a powerhouse evening of smash Broadway hits that benefits ground-breaking early detection of lung cancer. Lisa Rafferty, Director, and Tim Evans, Music Director, team up again to insure an unforgettable evening.

We are thrilled to partner with MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research in investing in their Frontier Research Program. The goal is to create a new, reliable, non-invasive method of early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer. Upstage Lung Cancer and The Koch Institute are deeply committed to supporting boldly conceived, highly innovative, and highly collaborative research that all too often does not qualify for funding from traditional government sources. Proceeds from “From Bench to Broadway” will be invested in potential life-saving technology.

This year’s musical salute to Broadway’s best will focus on innovation in arts and science. In addition, we will bestow our “FAN AWARD” on someone who has shown exceptional leadership in the fight for a cure. To round out the evening’s entertainment, there will be a silent auction and post-concert reception.


I wanted to take a moment, and thank you for such a wonderful evening of music and fun. 

On a personal note, when my Father was on hospice; I would play Peggy Lee songs and Big Band music. The music spoke to his heart, where words could no longer go. 

Amy B.

Our Past Performances

Upstage Lung Cancer has been staging performances since 2008. Below are some of our recent past productions.


A Breath of Fresh Air
A concert to benefit lung cancer research in memory of John H. Kornblith

Performed June 25th

We enjoyed an afternoon of live music from Golden Oldies to the 60s, a performance of Indian dance, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and lavish libations.

Watch on YouTube


The Sensational ‘60’s
Classic Rock & Roll Lives On

Performed April 27, 2017

The Sensational ’60’s was an upbeat evening of classic tunes. WBZ’s Jordan Rich emceed an outstanding musical evening featuring The Follen AngelsInternational Cabaret, jazz, and classic pop recording artists. This inspirational night of music also featured the delightful a Cappella group, Custom Blend, and the NU Downbeats from Northeastern University, who helped strike a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer.

Watch on YouTube


Ella Fitzgerald
Celebrating the 1st Lady of Song

Performed October 25, 2016

It was an extraordinary evening of music featuring Boston’s most outstanding musical entertainers Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Paula Markowicz, John King and Davron Monroe.
Joyce Kulhawik, Emcee, Emmy-Award winning A&E Critic; Lisa Rafferty, Director; Tim Evans, Music Director; Russell Garrett, Choreographer; and Francine Jacobson, MD, MPH, Guest Speaker.

Watch on YouTube


To Upstage Lung Cancer

Performed May 20, 2016

An inspirational evening of music where we struck a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer. Featured:

  • The doctor musicians of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet
  • The Bo and Bill Winiker  Jazz Trio
  • Peking and the Mystics, a Capella group
  • Linda Marks, Singer/Songwriter & Dave Birkin (Sax) with young singer, Claire McFarland
  • Hildy Grossman, of The Follen Angels with Greg Woodsbie (keyboard)
  • Northern Lights, young a Capella singers

Popular WBZ radio host, Jordan Rich, emcee, joined guest speakers Dr. Deborah Morosini,  leading pathologist and sister of the late Dana Reeve, and K.C. Oakley of Jill’s Legacy for an unforgettable night of song. The evening also featured an Opportunity Drawing which included a 50/50 drawing, 2 Red Sox tickets, and gift certificates from Boston restaurants. Our partners are the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Concert proceeds supported the ALCMI Young Lung Genome Project.

Watch on YouTube

High Hopes cast

High Hopes
Celebrating Sinatra’s Centennial

Performed November 10, 2015

Renowned vocalists and media personalities from around New England gathered in Boston to celebrate the music of the “chairman of the board”, Frank Sinatra, on the eve of his 100th birthday. Joyce Kulhawik, was joined onstage by Leigh Barrett, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, John F. King, Paula Markowicz, and Scott Wahle. With Lisa Rafferty (director), Catherine Stornetta (music director), and Michelle Hayes (choreographer).

Watch on YouTube