Judy Kuhn to Perform FINDING HOME Benefit for The 52nd Street Project

Judy Kuhn, the acclaimed actress and singer who stars in the groundbreaking Broadway musical Fun Home, will perform Finding Home, a concert to benefit The 52nd Street Project, which makes a difference in the lives of Hell's Kitchen (Clinton) kids by pairing them with theater professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theater. The event will take place Sunday, February 28, at 7:30pm at the Project's Five Angels Theater (789 Tenth Avenue, 2nd floor, in Manhattan).

Tickets are $150 (tax-deductible except for $30 per ticket) for the performance only, or $400 for the performance and a post-performance reception with the artists (tax-deductible except for $75 per ticket).

In Finding Home, Kuhn will sing a selection of songs about home, joined by Fun Home cast mates Beth Malone and Joel Perez; Broadway stars Celia Keenan Bolger & John Ellison Conlee, who are friends of The 52nd Street Project; Music Director Chris Fenwick; drummer Damien Bassman; other special guests and several kids from the Project.

Judy stars as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home on Broadway, a role for which she has received a 2015 Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Featured Role. She won a Lucille Lortel award for her performance in the musical's premiere run at The Public Theater. Kuhn's other Broadway appearances include She Loves Me (Tony nomination), Chess (Tony & Drama Desk nominations) and Les Miserables (Tony & Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Rags (Drama Desk nomination), Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYSF). Most recently she appeared as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's Passion at CSC, directed by John Doyle, and The Visit by John Kander, Fred Ebb & Terrance McNally at The Williamstown Theater Festival, also directed by John Doyle. She was the singing voice of Disney's Pocahontas and has released four solo albums-most recently, Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel, celebrating the music of Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Adam Guettel.

About The 52nd Street Project

The 52nd Street Project was founded in 1981 by actor/playwright and 1994 MacArthur Fellow Willie Reale in response to a deepening need to improve the quality of life for New York's inner-city children. Reale, an actor, playwright, and company member of the Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), used his company privileges to reach out to the children of the neighborhood by creating theatrical endeavors specifically for them. This was done with the cooperation and support of EST and its across-the-street-neighbor, the Police Athletic League's Duncan Center. The Project is now an independent not-for-profit organization that creates over eighty new plays and serves over 130 children every year.

The 52nd Street Project has been a place where many preeminent theater-makers have volunteered their efforts to mentor kids from Hell's Kitchen. To name just a few: Billy Crudup, Peter Dinklage, Edie Falco, Nancy Giles, James McDaniel, Frances McDormand, Cynthia Nixon, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton and Lili Taylor.

The Project is about making children proud of themselves. The Project is not about teaching children to act, although they will learn to. It is not about teaching them to write plays, although they will learn that as well. What it is about is giving a kid an experience of success. It is about giving a kid an opportunity to prove that he or she has something of value to offer, something that comes from within that he or she alone possesses, something that cannot be taken away.

In order to make The 52nd Street Project experience available to children in other locations, The Project has published a manual and other supporting materials, which have been distributed as far as Vancouver and South Africa. There are now projects underway across the country in places such as Los Angeles; Chicago; Trenton, NJ; Williamstown, MA; Providence, RI; and London, England.



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