Broadway star Nick Adams will host a benefit concert to support The International Theatre and Literacy Project's (itlp.org) youth programs in Rwanda and South Africa. He will be joined onstage with performances by special guests Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon (his co-stars in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Alison Luff (Matilda), Julia Murney (Wicked), Tryphena Wade (The Lion King) Ariana Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me) Eliseo Roman (On Your Feet) and The Skivvies. Nick Adams recently played Fiyero in the first National Tour of Wicked. Previous Broadway credits include Adam/Felicia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, La Cage Aux Folles, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, The Pirate Queen and Chicago. Nick is the proud winner of two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. Will Swenson has been seen on Broadway as Javert in Les Miserables, Tick/Mitzi in Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert, Berger in Hair , 110 in the Shade with his wife Audra McDonald, Lestat and Brooklyn. Tony Sheldon is a Tony nominee and Theatre World Award winner for his performance as Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He is currently playing Julius Caesar in Charles Busch's Cleopatra at Theatre For The New City.
Julia Murney has appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked and in Lennon. Alison Luff's Broadway roles include Miss Honey in Matilda, Fantine in Les Miserables as well as Mamma Mia, Scandalous and Ghost the Musical. Eliseo Roman is currently appearing on Broadway in On Your Feet. Previously he was seen in In The Heights. Tryphena Wade appeared as Sarabi in The Lion King. Ariana Groover was last seen on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me and Off-Broadway in Bare. The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley award winning Broadway actors lauded by the New York Times as "a hot musical comedy duo".
The International Theatre and Literacy Project (itlp.org), Stephen DiMenna, artistic director, uses theatre as a means of social and educational uplift for teen-agers struggling with the challenges of poverty, crime, violence, gender inequity and inequality in developing countries. ITLP conducts theatre workshops to teach English literacy, develop independent thinking, self-empowerment, leadership skills and gender equity. They strive to help young people advance their educational and employment opportunities and nurture their voices as leaders to enable growth, change and community development with programs in South Africa, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Tickets are $75 for center seating and $50 for side and bar seating, with a $10 food/drink minimum and a portion is tax-deductible.Tickets are available at birdlandjazz.com . Birdland is at 315 West 44th Street, New York. Nick AdamsHosts Broadway For Africa! Monday, April 4, 7pm Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC $75 center seating, $50 side/bar seating, $10 food/drink minimum www.BirdlandJazz.com