Charles Busch Hosts Feb. 19 Embrace! Concert; Esparza and Benanti Among Performers

News   Charles Busch Hosts Feb. 19 Embrace! Concert; Esparza and Benanti Among Performers A host of theatre favorites will take part in a one-night-only concert at the Westside Theatre to benefit The Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Charles Busch
Charles Busch Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Taboo's Charles Busch will host the Feb. 19 evening, which is entitled Embrace! and will feature songs that celebrate diversity, inspiration and hope. The performance will boast the talents of Nine's Laura Benanti, Miss Saigon's Hinton Battle, Victor/Victoria's Anne Runolfsson, Jane Eyre's Marla Schaffel, Dance of the Vampire's Max von Essen, Taboo's Raul Esparza, Cabaret's Kate Shindle, Big River's Michael Arden, Falsettos' Janet Metz and Bombay Dreams' Sriram Ganesan. The concert will also feature The Wild Party composer Andrew Lippa and songwriter Randi Driscoll, whose "What Matters" single has raised over $30,000 for the Foundation. Show time is 8 PM. Presented by Michele Helberg, Mark Matukewicz and Jamie McGonnigal, the concert marks the first major New York theatrical event to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Embrace! will feature direction by Jamie McGonnigal and musical direction by Mat Eisenstein.

The Westside Theatre is located in Manhattan at 407 West 43rd Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 730-9500, ext. 202 or by visiting www.MatthewShepard.org.