An Akron teen has been chosen to perform in New York City in a Broadway-style production called "Hemophilia: The Musical."
Elijah Johnson, who has the bleeding disorder, is one of 25 students from around the country who will participate in the production, which is being organized by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and produced by Believe Limited.
The musical will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the New World Stages. A live stream will be available at BreakingThroughHemophilia.com.
The students will undergo a three-day workshop before the performance at the "Breaking Through!" Musical Theater Intensive.
"Young adults with bleeding disorders need a creative outlet that allows them to express what they are thinking or feeling, and specifically showcase how their lives are impacted," Believe Limited CEO and Breaking Through Director Patrick James Lynch said in a prepared statement. "We were blown away by the talent and thoughtfulness of the applicants. We applaud BioMarin for helping these teens bring their stories and talent to life as we also introduce them to just how beneficial the arts can be for young people affected by chronic illness!"
BioMarin announced the "Breaking Through!" Musical Theater Intensive on July 9 and accepted applications through Sept. 1. For more details, go to: BreakingThroughHemophilia.com.