Fifty percent of the proceeds from each of the concerts at the five non-profit theatres will be shared between the theatres and The Actors Fund. Concert dates for the remainder of the tour will be announced shortly.
Each performance, according to press notes, is "designed to promote cooperation and giving, emphasizing the importance of the arts in the lives of people everywhere. Stokes intends for this series to encourage people in all occupations and professions to partner in this manner to help sustain the national philanthropic spirit."
The concert tour will celebrate the release of the Tony winner's second solo recording, "Simply Broadway," which will be available Oct. 30 on Amazon.com and iTunes and through CD Baby, where pre-orders will be available starting in mid-October.
The new recording, featuring Broadway classics, was created without the benefit of overdubs or audio separation. The songs are performed in the tone and spirit of the original versions, but "are unique thanks to the exciting new arrangements and the live interaction with Stokes and his remarkable pianist of five years, Tedd Firth." The disc features tunes from Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Company, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, among others.
The Actors Fund is the national human services organization that helps everyone – performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,800 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online.