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Drama League Tributes Audra McDonald for thier 29th Annual Benefit Gala

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The Drama League’s 29th annual benefit gala, A Musical Celebration of Broadway, will honor 5 time Tony award winner Audra McDonald on February 11. The soiree will be hosted by one of Audra’s costar on the ABC drama Private Practice, Taye Diggs, and the legendary star of the stage and screen, Phylicia Rashad.

The Musical Celebration of Broadway will feature songs from McDonald’s long Broadway career. Expect to hear songs from The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class, Marie Christine, 110 In The Shade and her award-winning albums “Way Back To Paradise,” “How Glory Goes,” “Happy Songs” and “Build A Bridge.” All of this will be performed by some of the stars that Audra has shared the stage throughout her career. Performers include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Lupone, Zoe Caldwell, Steve Kazee, Nikki M. James, Anthony Crivello, Victor Garber, Norm Lewis, Mary Testa, Tony Sheldon, David Alan Grier, Michael Arden, Seth Rudetsky, Valisia Lekae and New York State Senator Tom Duane.

For tickets head over to the Drama league’s website. Individual tickets start at $750 and tables start at $7,500. Unfortunately, you won’t see catch us there unless we have some gracious reader who is willing to pay our way in but if you have an extra $750 lying around think about attending. The proceeds from gala will go to help support educational initiatives to inspire and cultivate promising young artists.

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Once On This Island’s Hailey Kilgore Will Make Her Solo Concert Debut!

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Tony & Grammy Nominee Hailey Kilgore will make her solo concert debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below this month! The Once On This Island star makes her debut following the closing of the Tony-winning revival, and she’s clearly got more stories to tell!

The concert entitled Mirrors is a night of celebration including the music that has influenced her meteoric rise. On January 30th 9:30 pm she shares her personal life story as a young girl to a young woman on the Broadway stage.

The 19-year-old vocalist has a set list that ranges from Jason Robert Brown to Alicia Keys. One thing we can say is that this show will sell out! So, stop waiting for life to begin and mark your calendars.

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Sydnee Winters returns to The Lion King on Broadway

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Sydnee Winters is back in the Shadowland at the Minskoff Theatre. Winters is returning to The Lion King in the role in which she made her Broadway debut. Taking over the role of Nala, from Adrienne Walker, who left the production to appear in the forthcoming Kiss Me, Kate revival.

Winters’ other Broadway credits include Pippin, Motown The Musical, and Hamilton. She’s back in the role after five years away from it. Having had this time to grow and have other experiences beyond the show, she’s back and she’s better! You can catch her on Broadway right now!

Included in the current cast is are Bradley Gibson as Simba, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Bonita J. Hamilton as Shenzi, Mikee Castillo and Demi Singleton as Young Nala, Kenneth Aikens and Joshua Dubose as Young Simba,

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