The Covenant House granted six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald their Beacon of Hope Award and honored Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and Take-Two Interactive at their A Night of Broadway Stars gala concert June 18.
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert emceed the evening at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre alongside CBS’ John Dickerson. The concert, directed by Newsies’ Jeff Calhoun, featured appearances by Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir, Lauren Ambrose, Christine Baranski, Corey Cott, Ariana DeBose, Brandon Victor Dixon, Angela Grovey, Caissie Levy, Marilu Henner, Jeremy Jordan, Adam Kantor, Patti Murin, Paul Alexander Nolan, Laura Osnes, Lonny Price, Marc Shaiman, Will Swenson (who sang a special tribute in honor of his wife, Audra McDonald), and Kate Walsh.
The Covenant House serves 80,000 youth each year across 31 cities and six countries in the fight against youth homelessness. During the evening, some of the youth will have the chance perform alongside the Broadway favorites.
Covenant House has two homes in New York City—one with 240 beds for homeless youth and another with 50 beds for homeless teen mothers and their babies. Approximately 1,600 kids come through the front doors of Covenant House each year. Readers may be most familiar with the fundraising events known as the Broadway Sleep Out, in which the New York theatre community comes together to sleep outside for a night in solidarity with homeless youth.