Upstage Lung Cancer

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

October 27, 2020

Broadway’s Greatest Impresario


Upstage Lung Cancer has postponed our spring “Sing-Out!” concert, Celebrating Ziegfeld! Broadway’s Greatest Impresario, previously scheduled for May 11  to October 27, 2020. This decision speaks to our commitment to flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

ULC is dedicated to using music and the performing arts to raise awareness and meaningful funds in support of exceptional research and diagnostic efforts to detect lung cancer early and save lives. By putting the performance on hold, we affirm our pledge to ensure the ongoing health of patients, allies, advocates, and the broader community for the future.

If you have any questions about Upstage Lung Cancer or the postponed concert, please contact us at or 617.835.9722.

Our Past Performances

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

A Musical Tribute To Walt Disney
When You Wish Upon A Star

Performed October 29th, 2019

One joyful musical evening celebrating Walt Disney, featured most beloved songs, for young and old alike. Emcee A & E Critic, Joyce Kulhawik with an all-star cast: Brian De Lorenzo,  James Fernandes, Hildy Grossman, Michael Hammond, Paula Markowicz and guest, Candy O’Terry performed your favorite Disney tunes. Proceeds supported cancer research.

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Here's to the Ladies
From Lady Day To Lady Gaga

Performed April 18th, 2019

A spectacular evening of riveting music hailed the powerful voices of women of song. We featured the unforgettable music of exceptional female performing artists known for their gifts of song and courage. Musical selections were from jazz standard icon Billie Holiday (known as Lady Day) to modern pop superstar Lady Gaga. Acclaimed recording artists The Follen Angels showcased women who use their voices to highlight critical social issues, like poverty, racism, patriotism and abuse. Legendary WBZ radio personality Jordan Rich served as the evening’s host. Guest performers include the celebrated Boston cabaret artist Annie Sharkey and Northeastern University’s a cappella group, the UniSons. Guest speakers included Dr. Jacob Sands of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mr. Stephen Huff, a courageous young lung cancer survivor. Proceeds benefited Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute’s Young Lung Epidemiology Project.

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10th Annual Fall Concert

Honoring the Voices of Three Show Stopping Women
Barbara, Bette & Bernadette

Performed October 23, 2018

Renowned vocalists and entertainers from around New England gathered together to celebrate music legends, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters. These powerhouse women are among the most beloved Broadway and popular music performers of our time.  Our renowned host for the evening, Emmy Award-winning A&E critic, Joyce Kulhawik, joins an exceptional cast, including Candy O’Terry, , Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Paula Markowicz, and Michael Hammond. We bestowed our Fan Award to survivor and inspirational patient advocate, Bonnnie Addario. Unforgettable songs, included: The Rose, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Broadway Baby, Hello Dolly Medley and more!  What a night!

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In Love with Gershwin and Cole Porter

Performed April 5, 2018

International jazz/cabaret recording artists The Follen Angels created a toe-tapping good time with their production of the most beloved songs of iconic composers, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. The concert was hosted by WBZ’s celebrity radio personality Jordan Rich, and featured Dr. Jacob Sands of the Dana-Farber Institute and Stephen Young of Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) as  guest speakers. The wonderful music had everyone humming tunes as they left the theater. Proceeds from this concert are invested in the ALCMI Young Lung Genome Project.

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From Bench to Broadway
Songs Where the Science Is

Performed December 7, 2017

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

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

Performed June 25th, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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