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Daniel Quadrino: Rise Up

Broadway Sings for Pride

Daniel Quadrino is a New York City based actor, singer, and songwriter. He entertained audiences as "Mike Teavee" in the 1st National Touring of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Previously, Quadrino was seen on Broadway as Boq in "Wicked", Albert in Disney's "Newsies", and as part of the ensemble in the revival of "Bye, Bye, Birdie". He was also seen in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!". In 2021, Quadrino released the song "Feel Your Love", in a creative response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 20, 2016, Broadway Sings for Pride premiered its 6th anniversary benefit concert "Ovation" in New York City, at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. This milestone event was filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests, and more. The show honored Tyler Clementi Foundation and AIDS pioneer and activist Ruth Coker Burks. Broadway Sings for Pride is a multiple award-winning, non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists, and celebrities, to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, and support these young people, so that they may reach their full potential.

Quadrino performed the song "Rise Up" during the benefit concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "Rise Up" is a song by Andra Day, from her album "Cheers to the Fall". The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2016, for the first time ever, Broadway Sings for Pride wanted to honor someone special. They flew AIDS/LGBTQ+ activist Burks for their 6th annual pride event in New York City. Burks had no idea that during the event her story would be told, along with a special heartfelt performance dedicated to her.

Burks, also known as the Cemetery Angel, is a former caregiver of AIDS crisis victims and an AIDS awareness advocate based in Arkansas. During the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, she used her salary as a real estate agent to care for AIDS patients whose families and communities had abandoned them. Due to the stigma surrounding the disease at the time, she was often the patients' only caregiver until they eventually died. She is additionally recognized for burying a number of AIDS victims in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


  • Videographer: Shefik

Last Updated: April 30, 2023

About Shefik

Celebrating over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, and MTV World. He currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on over 20 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally distributed video series of the same name via Prime Video and other notable outlets.

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