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2019 Sleep Out Campaign

Audra McDonald lends her support to Covenant House International’s annual Sleep Out. On Monday, August 19, she and other members of the stage and screen community will sleep out on the streets of New York City as an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million youth who experience homelessness each year. A board member of the organization since 2014, Audra describes the Sleep Out as “a life-changing, life-affirming event” that genuinely touches the young people affected by homelessness.
In advance of the event, Audra is raising funds for the youth of Covenant House International. To learn more about the organization and how to contribute, click here.

Final Weeks of Frankie & Johnny

Hailed as “a modern classic and a testament to human connection” (Deadline), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune announces its final performance on Broadway. The upcoming shows celebrate the artistic achievements of playwright Terrence McNally, recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, director Arin Arbus in her Broadway debut, and stars Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon in their first collaboration. McDonald and Shannon’s moving portrayal of the seemingly mismatched Frankie and Johnny, cheered as “two of the best performances on Broadway” by The Daily Beast, can be seen at the Broadhurst Theatre until Sunday, July 28. As the first production of Broadway’s 2019-2020 season, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will have played 70 regular and 26 preview performances upon closing. Click here for tickets.

Labor Day Weekend Concerts with Seth Rudetsky

Over Labor Day Weekend, Audra joins Sirius XM Radio Star and longtime friend Seth Rudetsky in Massachusetts for three evenings of sensational songs and conversation. Audra and Seth’s collaborations often center around philanthropic efforts: their recent Broadway @ Town Hall concert series raised funds for Sandy Hook Promise, Audra was featured on a recording co-produced by Seth and his husband James Wesley to raise money for the Orlando shooting victims (“What The World Needs Now”), and she also performed in a benefit entitled Concert For America presented by Seth and James’s foundation, Your Kids, Our Kids.

Click here for tickets and more details on these upcoming performances.

A Night of Broadway Stars

On June 3, Audra performed at A Night of Broadway Stars in support of Covenant House International, an organization dedicated to providing services for homeless youth. Along with Caitlin Kinneun and Celia Kennan-Bolger, Audra sang “Dance With You” from The Prom. The organization’s annual fundraiser honored Rachel Brosnahan with the Beacon of Hope Award as well as Jim Burke and Doug Blagdon.

Audra has served on the organization’s board since 2014. The 2019 charity event raised over $1.9 million for Covenant House.

 

Op-Ed: Every homeless child is more than a statistic.

Audra McDonald shares her thoughts on youth homelessness and the work of Covenant House International with NBC News THINK. In this unique op-ed, she talks about how preparing the role of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” lead to thinking about young people in dire situations.

Audra has served on the organization’s board since 2014 and will perform in their upcoming “A Night of Broadway Stars” on Monday, June 3. Click here for tickets.

Let Freedom Ring! – A tribute to MLK

On January 21, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell will headline Let Freedom Ring!, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert. The duo will join the Let Freedom Ring Choir and music director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. for an evening of music and spoken tributes. Thanks to the Millenium Stage performance series, free tickets will be offered to the performance. If you are in the D.C. area, general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For those unable to attend, the performance will be streamed live at 6:00 PM Eastern on the Kennedy Center’s website as well as their Facebook and YouTube pages.