ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR FOREST WHITAKER TO HOST ALL-STAR BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMERS4PEACE, TO SUPPORT THE WHITAKER PEACE & DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Cast to Include Tony Award Winner James Monroe Iglehart and American Idol Alum Constantine Maroulis
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award & BAFTA winner and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler, Bird, Broadway’s Hughie) will host the Performers4Peace benefit concert Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8pm at 42West (514 West 42nd Street www.42west.com), featuring performances by Broadway artists to support the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative’s work in peace and community building.
Performers include Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Memphis, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda, Zorro the Musical [West End]), Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker (Book of Mormon, Passing Strange, Shrek the Musical), American Idol & Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wedding Singer, Friend Art), Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris, Baby It’s You!), Mara Davi (A Chorus Line, Drowsy Chaperone, Dames at Sea, White Christmas),Carly Hughes (Chicago, Pippin, Book of Mormon), Marcus Paul James (Rent, In the Heights, Motown), Mykal Kilgore (The Wiz Live, Motown, Book of Mormon), Jill Paice (An American in Paris, Matilda, The 39 Steps), Catherine Ricafort (Disaster!, Allegiance) and Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, co-author’s of Invisible Thread recently at Second Stage, who will kick off the night performing the title song “Invisible Thread.” Additional performers to be announced.
Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (Allegiance, The Secret Garden in Concert, Ragtime [West End], Carrie, Altar Boyz) will direct.
Performers4Peace is produced by Untitled Theatricals (An American in Paris, Hughie, Dames at Sea) in association with Langfelder Presents. The concert will be music directed by Juilliard alumna Annastasia Victory (Little Dancer, Leap of Faith, 3 Mo’ Divas), and the band will be comprised of musicians from various Broadway shows (The Lion King, Les Miserables, An American in Paris and The Color Purple, among others).
ABOUT THE WHITAKER PEACE & DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Founded in 2012 by Forest Whitaker, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative’s mission is to help societies impacted by chronic violence and destructive conflicts transform into safer and more prosperous communities. WPDI works to empower and inspire youth, women and global citizens to build peace across the planet. WPDI currently has projects in South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico, Myanmar and the United States. For more information: www.wpdi.org.