Tony Winners Jason Robert Brown and Lindsay Mendez Will Join Forces for Kennedy Center Concert | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Tony Winners Jason Robert Brown and Lindsay Mendez Will Join Forces for Kennedy Center Concert
The evening will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Jason Robert Brown and Lindsay Mendez
Jason Robert Brown and Lindsay Mendez

Three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) and 2018 Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked, Dogfight) will join forces April 18 for a concert in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Eisenhower Theater.

The evening, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, will also feature the nine Musical Theater Fellows of KCACTF from across the U.S. and Helen Hayes Award winner Tracy Lynn Olivera (the Kennedy Center’s Me…Jane and Ragtime), one of the teaching artists of the students’ residency.

The festival, running April 15–20, includes short play readings; the National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions; master classes; visits to Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre Company; and the opportunity to network with peers from across the nation. The festival closes with the presentation of awards for excellence in production, directing, choreography, acting, writing, design, stage management, dramaturgy, and dramatic criticism.

Gregg Henry, artistic director of KCACTF, said in a statement, “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has been offering professional development opportunities to thousands of young artists for the past 50 years. Jason has been a staple of KCACTF over the years—his students have been past recipients of the Musical Theater Award and he served as a teaching artist for several Festivals. We are thrilled that high caliber artists such as Jason and Lindsay will be performing in the 50th anniversary tribute as well as meeting with the playwriting and musical theater students while in residence.”


Look Back at Tony Winner Lindsay Mendez on Stage

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