Upstage Lung Cancer

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

April 27, 2017

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

  • Listen to Charlie Brown
    (Hildy Grossman, Follen Angels)
  • Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Auditorium
    35 Binney Street Boston, MA
  • 7:30 Showtime

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Join us for an upbeat evening of classic tunes you will love. WBZ’s Jordan Rich emcees an outstanding musical evening featuring The Follen AngelsInternational Cabaret, jazz, and classic pop recording artists. This inspirational night of music also features the delightful a Cappella group, Custom Blend, and the NU Downbeats from Northeastern University, who will help strike a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer.

The Follen Angels are uniquely versatile performers. Their repertoire is vast, from their current homage to classical rock music from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s to the American Songbook covering the finest composers, lyricists, and performers of the 20th Century. The Angels have filled concert halls and radio airwaves, and continue to draw enthusiastic audiences from Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Mechanics Hall in Worchester, the Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama in New York City, sharing the stage with HBO Comedian, Lewis Black, and sold out shows at Columbia Station in Washington, DC. Their 5 cd recordings have won praises and represent the diversity of this very entertaining group. Their newest CD, “Summertime Six-Pack: Great Tunes of the 50s, 60s and 70s” confirm the fun and toe-tapping abilities of this group. Hildy Grossman, lead vocalist, has a special touch of telling engaging stories and anecdotes that places the musi into the context of the era. Ken Dantzig, drummer and former DJ, adds humor and patter to further involve audiences in the fun. The other members of the group, Shinichi Otsu, keyboard, Milt Reder, Guitar, Ken Dantzig, drums, and Sven Larson, bass are outstanding musicians. See for more information.

Custom Blend is an 11-person, mixed voice, community a cappella group based in Acton, MA that has been performing together since 2004. Their repertoire of over 100 songs features an eclectic variety of genres, including nostalgic 40’s war tunes, 50’s doo-wop, memorable hits from the 60’s by the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Drifters, James Brown, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and later pop performers such as Billy Joel, U2, Queen, Sting, and Imogen Heap. The group’s specialty is treating audiences to surprising twists on old and new music, including some original arrangements by director Keith Daniel. Custom Blend enjoys a “have pipes, will travel” attitude, bringing their music to venues throughout New England and New York.

The Downbeats are Northeastern’s fun co-ed a cappella group. Their aim is not only to create and perform music, but also to encourage one another to grow as musicians and individuals. The Downbeats are comprised of a diverse community of 16 individuals from all over the world, who each bring unique talents to the table. All music that the Downbeats perform is arranged and coordinated by members within the group.

All lung cancer survivors are welcomed to come with free registration.

Proceeds support research on young people with lung cancer.

Don’t miss this show filled with hope and song. Mark the date on your calendar. Will take place at the Jimmy Fund Auditorium, Dana-Farber with Free Parking!

Students must present ID at the event to validate discounted tickets.

Tickets available now!

Photo Contest
This year is our first ever photo contest. Just take and post your favorite moment from our event on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to include #ULCSingOutPhoto in your post. All submissions are due 24 hours after the show. 1st place winner receives a J.P. Licks ice cream cake & coffee mug. 2nd place — a ULC hoodie, 3rd place goes home with a ULC hat. JOIN THE FUN!

P.S. 60’s style attire is highly encouraged.

Our Past Performances

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


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

Upstage Lung Cancer Sing Out 2015

SING OUT! Youth Music Festival
A Coast-to-Coast Effort Using Music to Fight Lung Cancer

Performed March 22, 2015

Talented young musicians used their breath and voices to deliver a message that ANYONE CAN GET LUNG CANCER, regardless of age. The program included three a cappella groups: Testostertones, Note-a-fy and Perfect Pitch; as well as The Unity Gospel Choir of Northeastern University and Sociedad Latina Youth Leaders of Boston. The Emcee for the event was WBZ radio personality, Jordan Rich. In addition, Deborah Morosini, MD, Hildy Grossman and Jim Swaim joined Wendy Covell and special guests.

Watch on YouTube

Dean Martin and the Rat Pack cast

“Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”
Celebrates the music of Dean Martin and the Rat Pack

Performed October 28, 2014

Dean Martin died of lung cancer in 1995, but in this performance, we celebrated his wit and love of life through his music. Joyce Kulhawik, emcee, joined our talented cast: Leigh Barrett, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Paula Markowicz, and Scott Wahle. With Lisa Rafferty (director), Timothy Evans (music director), and Ilyse Robbins (choreographer).

Watch on YouTube