Concert For America

Star-studded musical benefit

Presented by the Bulis Family, and Andrea & David Tracy

“Striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future.”

-The New York Times

An evening of entertainment with stars of film, television, music, comedy, and Broadway raising funds for five national organizations working to protect civil rights, human rights, and the environment. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the Sierra Club Foundation, the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the National Immigration Law Center.

*A Premium Ticket Purchase includes an invitation to a private reception following the show with the entire cast!

Learn More about Concert for America

CONCERT FOR AMERICA

After years of doing fundraisers and volunteering for a myriad of non-profit organizations, husbands Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley decided in 2015 to form their own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Through creative means, they wanted to directly help one of the most vulnerable populations in our society—children. Thus, Your Kids, Our Kids was born.

Even though the initial focus was intended to be only children, it became clear by the end of 2016 that the number of people at risk in the United States had increased greatly and the net had widened immensely.

James and Seth decided to do what they have always done when a crisis arises: gather their friends and put on a show! They wanted to benefit a wide array of non-profit organizations serving a diverse audience but all having a similar focus: fighting for civil and human rights for all Americans. And, so, on January 20, 2017, the first edition of Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! premiered at The Town Hall in New York City, with the intent of going around the country every month for the foreseeable future with the same mission: to raise money and infuse fellow Americans with hope and inspiration and the desire to become more active citizens.

For more general information about Concert for America, please visit the website here.


The Cast FOR BIG SKy


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Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts – America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts – from President Barack Obama. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world. -> 
WATCH AUDRA MCDONALD PERFORM


hs_williamsVanessa Williams has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and she has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.  Her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days earned multiple Grammy nominations and have yielded the Academy Award-winning single Colors of the Wind from Disney’s Pocahontas: The Musical Tradition Continues (1995). She has won or been nominated for numerous individual and ensemble awards, including the Emmy, SAG Award, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Awards. Vanessa achieved a career pinnacle, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer. ->WATCH VANESSA WILLIAMS PERFORM


hs_jmuellerJessie Mueller: Jessie Mueller is a Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy Award-winning artist who was last seen on Broadway in Sara Bareilles’ Waitress. Other broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Edwin Drood, and On A Clear Day… She’s honored to be a part of this wonderful evening and amazing cause. Thank you for your support!!!->WATCH JESSIE MUELLER PERFORM



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Andrea McArdle: Pulled from the chorus to become the star of Annie on Broadway in 1977, singer-actor and Tony Nominee Andrea McArdle has continued to wow audiences with leading roles on Broadway (Starlight Express, Les Miserables, State Fair, Beauty and the Beast) as well as in national Broadway tours, off-Broadway shows and regional theaters and festivals.->
WATCH ANDREA MCARDLE PERFORM

 



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Norm Lewis: As the first African American to play the role of the Phantom on Broadway, Lewis made history. But this role was a natural progression for the stage Tony-nominated veteran who has also starred on Broadway in Porgy and Bess, The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Chicago, Miss Saigon and many more. On television, he’s been seen in Gotham, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, and a recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on Scandal.->
WATCH NORM LEWIS PERFORM



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Abby Mueller: ABBY MUELLER is thrilled to be a part of Concerts for America! She recently concluded her run as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole Musical on Broadway, after originating the role on the First National Tour. NYC credits include Kinky Boots (Broadway), A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), School of Rock (Off-Broadway Workshop, Gramercy Theatre), as well as numerous regional work across the country. Instagram/Twitter: @abcmuell. www.abbymueller.com WATCH ABBY MUELLER PERFORM



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Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miz and Phantom. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and Hair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination).


 

Past Concerts and Stars

The charitable event is touring the country, curating original concerts with stars from Broadway, Television, and Film.  Past performance locations include New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Past stars include Vanessea Williams, Barry Manilow, Ben Vereen, Jessie Mueller, Chita Rivera, Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, Oskar Eustis, Kate Flannery, and many, many more.

 

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