It’s not every day you see Magneto brushing elbows with Tony Micelli, but that’s exactly what happened at a benefit event in New York City last week. Mona? Jokes aside, Sir Ian McKellen hosted Only Make Believe’s 14th Annual Gala on Nov. 4, and stars ranging from Tony Danza to honoree Susan Sarandon roamed the red carpet. Only Make Believe is an incredible non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. The program is actually free for hospitals. The event specifically, which was themed “Make Believe On Broadway” and was directed by Joe DiPietro, respectively bestowed Sarandon with the Sir Ian McKellen Award for her philanthropy and activism and Dr. Alex Karp with the Founders’ Award for his commitment to philanthropic causes.
A-Sides caught up with McKellen, Sarandon, Danza, and guest Josh Lucas at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater to chat about the cause and the strength of music in general. Watch on.

A-Sides theme song performed by Blondfire. Filmed by shootmepeter.com.

About A-Sides Music
Jon Chattman’s “A-Sides Music” series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I’m hoping this is refreshing.