The Beautiful City Project Partners with the Columbia Theatre Department to Raise Funds for Nonprofit

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Columbia Theatre Department to take part in cabaret performance benefiting local nonprofit chapter.

The Beautiful City Project, a theatre organization founded by Columbia Theatre faculty member David Fiorello, will be partnering with Columbia’s Theatre Department on a cabaret performance benefitting Todd Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for music education for children, particularly in public schools and to providing opportunities for personal development and self-expression through music, regardless of socioeconomic status, geographic location, or ability.

Fiorello started The Beautiful City Project in 2020 with the sole mission of raising funds and awareness for local charities and nonprofits. “We theme our content to the organization and utilize top tier musical theatre talent in the city,” said Fiorello.

The Beautiful City Project plans to put on two cabaret performances in conjunction with a Chicago college or university with a musical theatre program each year. For their first College Edition Cabaret in the series, they are partnering with Columbia College Chicago on “Disney Deep Dive” which will introduce audiences to more obscure songs from the Disney catalogue. “I’m truly excited to feature a school that I have a connection to and care about,” said Fiorello.

In addition to featuring the talents of the Columbia Theatre Department, the performance will also involve the talents of additional Columbia community members including Founder and Artistic Director David Fiorello (Adjunct Professor), Broadway veteran Justin Brill (Professor of Music Theatre), Juwon Tyrel Perry '19, Kelan M. Smith '20, Dylan Kerr '23, Peyton Knowski '23, and Callan Roberts '22.

“Disney Deep Dive” will be performed on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Venus Cabaret Theatre. Tickets are $25 and are available at The entire cost of each ticket will go to Todd Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony Foundation.

Audience members are invited to bring a musical instrument with them to donate to Spirit of Harmony. All who do, will receive a small gift and free three-month subscription to an upcoming offering of The Beautiful City Project—their very own Patreon, with exclusive content unavailable elsewhere.