Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photo Flash: VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS Welcomes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrea Martin and More

Your Kids, Our Kids presented the 6th Annual VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars For Foster Kids on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, NYC).

Hosted by Your Kids, Our Kids co-founders, Sirius XM Radio host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and James Wesley (Concert For America), the concert's line-up included Tony nominee Liz Callaway (Baby), Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Tony Award-winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Ta'Nika Gibson (Ain't Too Proud), Emmy Award-winner Judy Gold ("Kill Me Now" podcast), Tony nominee Anika Larsen (Beautiful), Carrie Manolakos (Wicked), Emmy and Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin (Pippin), Emmy and Tony Award-winner Laurie Metcalf ("The Conners"), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate), NFL Running Back Ty Montgomery (NY Jets), Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara (The King & I), and the popular singing collective The Broadway Boys.

An event that brings together the very best performers from the American stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 and older who are in danger of aging out of the foster care system alone, VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars for Foster Kids combines celebrity, music, and everyday people sharing their incredible stories, and directly benefits You Gotta Believe, a New York nonprofit specializing in finding permanent families for older kids in foster care.

This year's event has earned the organization $387,000 (current tally).

Husbands Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley created VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS in 2015, when You Gotta Believe abruptly suffered major cuts from governmental funding. The two men decided to do what they have always done when faced with a crisis: gather their friends and put on a show! In the previous five years, VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS concert events have raised $1,998,000.00 to support You Gotta Believe's efforts to ensure that every child leaving foster care does so with the support of a family.

Previous VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS concerts featured appearances and performances by Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Chita Rivera, Darren Criss, Rosie Perez, Jonathan Groff, Gloria Gaynor, BD Wong, Willie Garson, Melissa Gilbert, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Josh Colley, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Rachel Crow, Carole Demas, Eden Espinosa, Richard Kind, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Alec Mapa, Olga Merediz, Janet Metz, Lisa Mordente, Orfeh, Christine Pedi, Caroline Rhea, Alice Ripley, Roz Ryan, Sherri Saum, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Kate Shindle, Charlene Tilton, Adrienne Warren, Tony Yazbeck, Antwone Fisher, Janice Huff, Andrea McArdle, Jeffrey Seller and more.

Today, more than 400,000 children are in foster care in the US, and every year, as many as 22,000 of them will age out of the foster care system. Without the safety net of a forever family to provide the security and comfort most take for granted, these young people are left on their own to face a future filled with hardships - from lack of education to unemployment, higher rates of incarceration, poor health, early parenthood and homelessness (as much as 40 percent of these kids will experience this devastation in their lifetimes). In New York City alone, there are more than 1000 kids currently awaiting adoption, with more than 900 kids on the verge of aging out.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel


BroadwayWorld Shop
Shop BroadwayWorld

Shop this season's new musicals! Get dressed up for a night at the theatre, or just a night at home, with merch from some of Broadway's biggest hits including SOME LIKE IT HOT, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and more!

Start Shopping



Related Stories
Listen: Filmmaker Liz Garbus Talks Her Career and More on LITTLE KNOWN FACTS Photo
Little Known Facts is a weekly podcast hosted by stage and film actress Ilana Levine. This week's episode features filmmaker Liz Garbus!  In the episode, Liz discussed her career, how she got her start, and more.

Viola Davis Achieves EGOT Status at the GRAMMYs Photo
Following her new GRAMMY win, Viola Davis has become the 18th person in history to achieve the EGOT status. Davis has won two Tony Awards for King Hedley II in 2001 and then for Fences in 2010. She won an Emmy Award for How to Get Away With Murder and an Oscar for reprising her stage role in the film adaptation of Fences.

Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for A CHORUS LINE Starring Drew Lachey Photo
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be a singular sensation this spring with the opening of Moe and Jack's Place - The Rouse Theatre and an all-new production of A Chorus Line. Previews are set to begin on Saturday, March 11 with an official opening scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2023. Check out photos from the first rehearsal here!

Tony Nominee Charles Kimbrough Passes Away at 86 Photo
According to various sources, Tony-nominated actor Charles Kimbrough passed away in Culver City, California on January 11th at the age of 86. 


More Hot Stories For You


Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for A CHORUS LINE Starring Drew Lachey at Cincinnati Playhouse in the ParkPhotos: Go Inside Rehearsals for A CHORUS LINE Starring Drew Lachey at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
February 5, 2023

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be a singular sensation this spring with the opening of Moe and Jack's Place - The Rouse Theatre and an all-new production of A Chorus Line. Previews are set to begin on Saturday, March 11 with an official opening scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2023. Check out photos from the first rehearsal here!

Tony Nominee Charles Kimbrough Passes Away at 86Tony Nominee Charles Kimbrough Passes Away at 86
February 5, 2023

According to various sources, Tony-nominated actor Charles Kimbrough passed away in Culver City, California on January 11th at the age of 86. 

Listen to the 2023 Grammy Nominees for Best Musical Theater AlbumListen to the 2023 Grammy Nominees for Best Musical Theater Album
February 5, 2023

As BroadwayWorld reported in November, six new recordings have earned nominations for Best Musical Theatre Album at the 2023 Grammy Awards, including Caroline, Or Change, Into The Woods, MJ The Musical, Mr. Saturday Night, Six: Live On Opening Night, and A Strange Loop. Take a listen to all six of the nominated albums!

TAKE ME OUT Plays Final Broadway PerformanceTAKE ME OUT Plays Final Broadway Performance
February 5, 2023

Take Me Out officially concludes its Broadway run today after 17 previews and 99 regular performances.

VIDEO: ROOM Releases Trailer Featuring Adrienne WarrenVIDEO: ROOM Releases Trailer Featuring Adrienne Warren
February 4, 2023

Watch the new trailer of ROOM on Broadway featuring Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren.