Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 – 5:19 PM
Broadway and TV stars will sing, do comedy, and present commentary in the “Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr.
Ben Vereen (Roots), Juan Pablo Espinosa (La Fan), Mary Birdsong (Reno 911), Stacey Oristano (Friday Night Lights), Anthony Fedorov (American Idol), Quinn Cummings (The Goodbye Girl) and Mary Bond Davis (Hairspray) join the previously announced Chita Rivera (The Visit), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), recording artist Helen Reddy, Megan Hilty (Smash), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray Live!) and more.
In addition, May 24 has been designated by Mayor Eric Garcetti as “Concert For America Day” in the city of Los Angeles, in recognition of the support the concert series provides for a wide array of non-profits that serve a diverse audience and for the direct impact the concerts have on communities at the local and national level.
Created and hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who also organized the “Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love” recording,” “Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” debuted its monthly series in New York and is traveling to L.A. for the first time. “The show is pretty much just the two of us organizing this and calling on our friends,” says Rudetsky. “We want to bring the show to all the major cities and we really want to come to L.A.” San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta will follow.
Rudetsky, host of the popular Seth Speaks on Sirius Radio’s On Broadway station, says he tells friends and fans who want to see him to “come to the show” where he’ll be playing piano, singing, offering commentary and leading a “sassy” full band.
Both Rudetsky and Wesley say highlights of the show will be Tony-winners singing songs they introduced on Broadway: Rivera bringing All That Jazz from Chicago, Winokur with Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray and Vereen recreating Magic To Do From Pippin.
Reddy will sing her iconic I Am Woman and Bloom is writing an original song for the show.
Proceeds from the concert 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.
“We wanted to find organizations fighting for civil and human rights and the environment,” says Rudetsky. “These are organizations that are looking out for all of us,” adds Wesley. Part of the show will be representatives from the organizations “talking about what they do,” Wesley says, along with people who have been effected or helped by them.
“This is like a variety show,” says Rudetsky. “It chatty with great music and conversation. James’ concept for the show is that it be joyous, unifying with a lot of humor, and be positive and hopeful.”
Tickets start at $25 and are available at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of $250 VIP tickets, including a post-show reception with cast members are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Participating performers are subject to change.
For those unable to attend the concert, it will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 24.