Concert for America
A star-studded concert of songs, comedy, and commentary, CONCERT FOR AMERICA has been hailed by the New York Times as "striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future." The Seattle concert will be hosted by SiriusXM's Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley and feature Broadway superstars Megan Hilty, Sierra Boggess, Kerry Butler and an assortment of amazing Seattle talent including Spectrum Dance Theatre and Diverse Harmony.
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After years of fundraising and volunteering for a myriad of non-profit organizations, in 2015 husbands Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley decided to form their own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They wanted to help one of the most vulnerable populations in our society—children. Though their initial focus was intended to be children, it became clear by the end of 2016 that the number of people at risk in the United States had increased greatly. It was decided to widen the scope of the organization to provide more support to more communities in need.
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 diverse audiences but all with 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. Concert for America has the intent of going around the country 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.
Proceeds from Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! will benefit five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
For more information, visit www.concertsforamerica.com.
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Concert for America
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Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
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Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid.
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Concert For America Seattle Performers:
A native of Bellevue, Megan has had an interesting and varied career on Broadway since her debut in Wicked in 2004 as Glinda the Good Witch. She originated the role of Doralee Rhodes in the musical adaptation of 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton played the character in the movie). She was nominated for multiple awards for her performance. She was nominated for a Tony for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton in Noises Off at Roundabout Theatre Company. We are happy to welcome Megan back to the Pacific Northwest!
A darling of Broadway, Boggess is most known for her roles in various international productions of The Phantom of the Opera, its sequel Love Never Dies and Les Misérables. She made her Broadway debut with the original production of The Little Mermaid. The recipient of multiple Broadway.com Audience Awards, Boggess' last foray in the Great White Way was in School of Rock last year. 5th Avenue audiences may remember her from our 2005 production of Princesses.
After originating the role in workshops and on The 5th Avenue stage, Butler played Penny Pingleton in Hairspray on Broadway in 2002 and immediately stood out to critics. Her extensive list of credits includes Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can (also at The 5th) and Disaster!. She's also an accomplished television actress, with credits on 30 Rock, White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, The Mindy Project and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Melissa won her Grammy Award in 1983 for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," and has other well-known and loved songs like "Don’t Cry Out Loud" and "Through the Eyes of Love." Her film and TV career includes acting, songwriting, and voice acting. Melissa's music career spans five decades, with her most recent single released in 2016 "Let There Be More Light."
We'll always remember Dinah for her iconic performance as Marty in the movie Grease. Audiences will also remember her from the stage and film adaptations of I Ought to Be in Pictures, Soap, and Empty Nest. A resident of Bainbridge Island, Dinah will bring her many talents to the stage for one night only.
Maureen is a multi-Grammy nominee, as well as a Broadway and recording artist. Known as "The Stradivarius Voice," her career includes more than 45 years of recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting. Maureen's Oscar-winning record "The Morning After" was featured in the The Poseidon Adventure. Her music has been featured in films such as Superman and The Towering Inferno. Maureen played the role of Sr. Angelina in the Airplane! films. Her Broadway credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Nine, Threepenny Opera and Little Women, co-starring Sutton Foster. We're pleased to welcome Maureen to our stage!
After many sublime performances from Billie in our musicals, we are proud to have her back again for his one night only experience! Other 5th Avenue credits: Guys and Dolls, Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Broadway's Scandalous (Saving Aimee at The 5th). Also: ACT, Village Theatre, Ordway, Shakespeare Theatre Company.
As executive producer of her own entertainment company, and with many credits to her name, Naomi knows a thing about performing! She's been seen on our 5th Avenue stage in RENT, in our coproduction of Little Shop of Horrors at ACT, and at Village Theatre. Don't miss Naomi's return!
Diverse Harmony is the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Based in Seattle, Washington, our 58-member chorus presents music that opens the hearts and minds of communities and provides a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are.
Spectrum Dance Theatre
Spectrum Dance Theatre
Spectrum Dance Theater (SDT) was founded in 1982 to bring dance of the highest merit to a diverse audience composed of people from different social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Our principal objective is to make the art form of dance accessible through contemporary dance performances and high-quality training in a variety of dance styles.
Under Donald Byrd’s visionary artistic leadership since 2002, the organization has embarked on an exhilarating transformation that has attracted world-class dancers, produced some of the most ambitious works in contemporary dance, and generated local and national praise.
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley
With a long history of volunteering with organizations in New York City, Seth, with husband James, bring together their expeirences and connections to fundraise for deserving non-profit organzations.
After starting his NYC volunteerism with God’s Love We Deliver (meal delivery for people with AIDS), Seth began working with Hearts and Voices, an organization that brings live weekly performances to hospitalized people with AIDS at Rivington House, Roosevelt Island Hospital, the prison ward at St. Clare’s Hospital and the Cardinal Cooke AIDS ward. In 1998, Seth was asked to write the opening number for The Easter Bonnet Competition, the big spring fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He also hosts their fall fundraiser, the Gypsy Of The Year Competition.
Broadway conducting and producing credits include Dreamgirls, Funny Girl, Chess, Hair (Grammy nomination), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and On The Twentieth Century.
He is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM Radio and recently co-wrote and co-starred in Disaster! on Broadway, which was co-produced by his husband. He was also a co-producer on the Broadway for Orlando recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and Voices for the Voiceless, he and his husband’s annual foster care event on Broadway.
As a writer, he was nominated for three Emmy awards for comedy writing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and is the author of My Awesome Awful Popularity Plan and The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek (published by Random House), a young adult series about a teenaged gay kid who’s obsessed with theater and sports a Jewfro.
He, James and their daughter Juli have three rescue animals running rampant in their apartment: doggies Mandy and Bagel and kitty Romeo. Shout out to Animal Care Center in New York City!
In 2015, after devastating cuts were imposed on the only two foster care organizations working with older children and youth in New York City, James conceived and co-produced Voices for the Voiceless on Broadway. It shined a spotlight on foster care in a unique and entertaining way, combining celebrity, music, and everyday people sharing their stories. The concert raised $500,000 for You Gotta Believe! and the Council on Adoptable Children. The following year, the successful concert returned to Broadway.
In the wake of the massacre in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub in June 2016, James conceived the idea of the Broadway community uniting to sing “What the World Needs Now is Love” with all of the monies raised going to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. The result, two days later, was Broadway for Orlando, a stellar group of celebrated singers. It charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was featured on NBC the day after its release. To date, it has sold over 50,000 copies and raised over $100,000 for the Orlando LGBT community.
James also co-produced From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando, with proceeds going to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida and Zebra Coalition.
As a writer, he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, Unbroken Circle, starring Eve Plumb and Tony nominees Anika Larsen and Jennifer Simard. He also wrote Art and Science, a comedy-drama dealing with the generational differences between two gay men starring Tony nominees Tony Sheldon and John Tartaglia.
James was also proud to be one of the lead producers last year on Broadway of his husband’s musical, Disaster!.
James and Seth are the proud recipients of the 2016 National Leadership Award from the LGBTQ Task Force for their work on Broadway for Orlando’s What the World Needs Now is Love.