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Aaron Lazar Announces Star-Studded Debut Album After ALS Diagnosis: An ‘Impossible Dream Come True!’

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Josh Groban, Neil Patrick Harris, Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and more will be featured on the LP, out on August 16.

Aaron Lazar has long said that healing from ALS is his “impossible dream,” adopting the popular song of the same name from The Man of La Mancha as his personal mantra after being diagnosed in January 2022 with the progressive neurodegenerative disorder.

Now, the phrase takes a new meaning for Lazar. On Aug. 16, the stage actor — known for his two decades of work on Broadway and beyond — will release Impossible Dream, his first album.

For the milestone, Lazar has gathered a collection of decorated megastars from across the music, film, television and theater industry including Josh Groban, Neil Patrick Harris, Leslie Odom Jr., Kelli O’Hara, Kate Baldwin, Norm Lewis, Loren Allred and Kristin Chenoweth.

“I first sang ‘The Impossible Dream’ 24 years ago as a grad student in Cincinnati playing Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha, as my impossible dream of becoming a professional actor was coming true,” Lazar said in a statement. “All these years later, the song and its message have become an anthem for me.”

“This album is incredibly special not just because it is my debut album, but also because it is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate what I’m learning: we all have the power within us to make the impossible possible, and we help each other heal.”

A portion of the proceeds from Lazar’s album will benefit the ALS Network, which provides comprehensive, integrated, multidisciplinary community-based care at no cost to the ALS community. Back in January, the organization presented Lazar with the Essey Spotlight Award for his commitment to raising ALS awareness around the globe.

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