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Cabaret for Joel Markowitz, May 1

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Update: May 9, 2017

The Cabaret in Tribute to Joel Markowitz was an outstanding success.

Here's the DC Theatre Scene article

Video greetings from out of town fans, included a special song by Sandy Bainum

Joel and his five brothers have sent this message:

"Joel and the entire Markowitz Family want to extend their deep appreciation to all those who attended the Cabaret in Joel’s honor last week at Metro Stage. In addition we are extremely grateful for all of the contributions, well wishes, love and support that have been extended to Joel. A very special thanks to Lorraine Treanor and Carolyn Griffin for producing and sponsoring the wonderful Gala for Joel!
We are all very humbled by the outpouring of love and affection for Joel."

Those of you wishing to support Joel as he battles ALS may donate here:

Original story:

Joel Markowitz is a man passionately in love with theatre, its audiences and its artists. His friendships run deep and wide and reach from Washington, DC to Broadway and beyond.

He formed The Ushers theatre going group,  has written and recorded podcasts for DCTheatreScene, and founded DCMetroTheaterArts where he currently serves as publisher and editor.

As many of you know, Joel has been diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative  disease.  A GoFundMe campaign is underway to raise money for the considerable medical expenses he is facing.

On May 1, 2017  a very special cabaret evening will be performed for Joel and his friends by some of Joel's favorite performers at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA. Joel has attended many performances but he has never seen a show like the one we are planning for him.
It will be a night of surprises, ending with the presentation of DC Theatre Scene's Gary Maker Award and a reception where guests will have a chance to schmooze with Joel.

All monies raised will go directly to Joel. We thank all of the artists who are donating their services to create this evening.


  • John Rentz
    • $100 
    • 7 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Lorraine Treanor
Alexandria, VA
Joel Markowitz

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