André De Shields, Laura Benanti, Orfeh, Andy Karl, Jessie Mueller, Deborah S. Craig, Tamyra Gray, Santino Fontana, Kyle Carter and More Join BALLOTS OVER BROADWAY to Benefit Higher Heights and Field Team 6 on August 7

FEMINISTS IN ACTION and MOMTIVIST in partnership with HODG, CIVIC SUNDAYS, PERSIST HAPPY HOUR, and FACE THE MUSIC are presenting Ballots Over Broadway, an intimate evening of Broadway musical performances by your favorite stars of stage and screen on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8 PM PST / 11 PM EST, hosted by Chris Mann.

Tony, Grammy, Emmy winner and Hadestown star André De Shields will reteam with Doug Peck, who served as Musical Director for the world premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, a co-production of The Goodman Theatre and The Huntington Theatre Company in 2013. Mr. De Shields received a 2013 Jeff Equity Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical for his critically-acclaimed role as King Louie and Mr. Peck won a Jeff Equity Award for Musical Director.

Anjali Bhimani, André De Shields, NIkka Graff Lanzarone, Monique Haley, Geoff Packard, Akash Chopra, Ed Kross and Govind Kumar in The Jungle Book at The Huntington Theatre in Boston on September 5, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang
The Jungle Book’s Jeff Award winners Doug Peck (musical direction) and André De Shields (Outstanding Achievement in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical) at the Drury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Il, on November 4, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening will also feature performances by Tony winners Laura Benanti, Jessie Mueller and Santino Fontana as well as Eden Espinosa, Jared Gertner, Tamyra Gray, Shanice Williams, Andy Karl, Orfeh, John Tartaglia, Christina Bianco, Mykal Kilgore, Sabrina Sloan, Michaela Watkins, Bradford Anderson, Deborah S. Craig, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Melissa Fumero, Daheli Hall, Kyle Carter, Anthony Fedorov, Diana Huey, Kay-Ta Matsuno, Jennifer Paz, AJ Rafael, Jasmine Rafael, Christina Sajous, Heath Saunders, Nik Walker, and The UCLA Musical Theatre Class of 2020.

The evening will also include an appearance from special guest, Rep. Katie Porter.

All proceeds from the event will be divided between two organizations, Higher Heights and Field Team 6.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

** Line-up subject to change. Click to RSVP. Virtual link to be distributed on RSVP and link to recording will be posted after the event.

Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards Tony Award winner André De Shields, others tapped for ‘Ballots Over Broadway’ voter-focused benefit concert 

Playbill: André De Shields, Laura Benanti, Eden Espinosa, and More Tapped for Ballots Over Broadway

Broadway World: Orfeh, Andy Karl, Laura Benanti, André De Shields, Jessie Mueller and More Join BALLOTS OVER BROADWAY 

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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