Photo Coverage: embrace! Concert for the Matthew Shephard Foundation Soundcheck

On February 17th, Michele Helberg and Jamie McGonnigal presented a special one-night-only concert to benefit The Matthew Shepard Foundation. The Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded in December 1998 by Dennis and Judy Shepard, was established in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime. The Foundation carries out Matthew's legacy by supporting educational projects, activities and documentaries that raise awareness of the issues involving discrimination and diversity. The Foundation's goal is to educate and replace hate with understanding, acceptance and compassion. Visit for more information.

embrace! will feature songs which celebrate diversity, inspiration and hope and all proceeds will benefit The Matthew Shepard Foundation in its mission to replace hate with understanding.

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Kelli O'Hara

Tom Hewitt

Kate Pazakis

Max von Essen

Nikki Renee Daniels and Max von Essen singing a duet from Dorian

Nikki Renee Daniels

Nancy Anderson

Matthew Stocke

Randi Driscoll

Patrick Wilson

Marc Kudisch

Jai Rodriguez and Tina Maddigan

Emily Skinner

Darius de Haas

Jenny Giering

Adam Fleming

Bryan Batt

Laura Benanti

Linda Benanti, Laura's Mother and Renowned Voice Teacher...

...who made a rare stage appearance to duet with her daughter.

Running Order:

Act 1

Darius de Haas - Nature Boy
Bryan Batt - The Caveman Song
Adam Fleming - When the Earth Stopped Turning
Julia Murney - Baltimore
Max von Essen and Nikki Renee Daniels - Listen
Christine Rowan - Trip to the Library
Jenny Giering - The Light
Nancy Anderson - Love Me For What I Am
Matt Stocke - That's All
Laura and Linda Benanti - No One is Alone
Nikki Renee Daniels - Spark of Creation

Act 2
Randi Driscoll - Original Song
Marc Kudisch - Straight Man
Kelli O'Hara - How We Say Goodbye
Max von Essen - Leave
Kate Pazakis - Flying Home
Laura Benanti - The Waitress Song
Jai Rodriguez and Tina Maddigan - Grass is Always Greener
Emily Skinner - Will the Sun Ever Shine Again?
Patrick Wilson - Breeze Off the River
Tom Hewitt - Forgiveness' Embrace

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