Arts for Autism, a benefit concert for Autism Speaks, will be held June 19 at 7:30 PM at the Gershwin Theatre. Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara will host the evening directed by David Alpert. Music direction is by Sonny Paladino, and orchestrations are by Assaf Gleizner.
The lineup of performers includes Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Jennifer Laura Thompson (Dear Evan Hansen), Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along), Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland), John Michael Dias (Beautiful), Betsy Struxness (Hamilton), Abby Mueller (Beautiful), Kelvin Moon Loh (The King and I), and more.
The evening will also feature a duet between O’Hara and Mina Cuesta, a young lyric soprano on the spectrum who was non-verbal in early childhood. Music became her pathway to communication. “Mina’s love of theatre and singing is infectious and endearing. When she sings it’s obvious she has found the thing that makes her feel most alive," said Jacque Carnahan, artistic director and producer, in a statement.
For tickets visit artsforautism.net. Arts for Autism is produced by Educational Travel Adventures and Believe NYC.