The previously announced Broadway in South Africa 5th Anniversary Celebration - a star-studded concert of original music based on essays and letters from South African students who participate in their youth development programs - will now take place at Avenues: The World School, a brand new state-of-the-art 'world school' and 'integrated learning community, located on the High Line. The concert will still begin promptly at 8pm with a reception to follow.
"A cross cultural exchange between youth in need and artists who seek to use their talents for change", Broadway in South Africa facilitates arts programming to empower youth living amongst violence, poverty, and disease in the townships of South Africa.
Manuel will lead an evening of performances from singers and composers from the stage and screen, as well as music industry professionals, who will donate their talent for the evening to support this cause.
Confirmed performers include Tony Nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown, The Scottsboro Boys, The Color Purple), Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray), Frankie James Grande (Mamma Mia!), Sean Bradford (The Lion King, The Scottsboro Boys), Christopher Spaulding (The Nutty Professor, Curtains), Celina Carvajal (Kinky Boots), Emma Hunton (Next to Normal, Spring Awakening), Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In The Heights), Lilli Cooper (Wicked, Spring Awakening), Erik Altemus (Pippin, The Fantasticks), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Kelly King (Winner of the 2013 Viña Del Mar Festival), Alexa Green (Wicked), and Marissa Rosen (My Big Gay Italian Wedding).
Composers for the evening include Jeremy Schonfeld, Grammy Award Nominee Ryan Shaw, and Joey Contreras. Sonny Paladino (Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot) will serve as Music Director, with Tim Drucker and Frankie Grande as Co-Directors.
Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Condé Nast, will provide scholarships for students in South Africa who have been part of Broadway in South Africa's programming for the last five years and who continually work to inspire others in their communities.
At the event, Broadway in South Africa will announce a major expansion into disadvantaged communities of the world outside of South Africa, as well as a transition to becoming a charitable foundation. Broadway in South Africa is soon to be a major force in international arts education for the underprivileged, and with a global expansion, will reach that point within the next five years.
Individual tickets begin at $125 and opportunities to sponsor an academic scholarship are also available. For additional information visit www.broadwayinsouthafrica.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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