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October 10, 2018

Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars In Concert Returns, Featuring Annaleigh Ashford, Megan Hilty, and Cynthia Erivo

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Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars In Concert Returns,

Featuring Annaleigh Ashford, Megan Hilty, and Cynthia Erivo


Broadway Stars To Perform Live Concerts At Lincoln Center, December 18–20

Tickets on Sale to General Public October 24


Live From Lincoln Center to Broadcast Concerts on PBS in 2019


New York, NY (October 10, 2018) — This December, Live From Lincoln Center will welcome some of Broadway’s brightest stars—Annaleigh Ashford, Megan Hilty, and Cynthia Erivo—for the second edition of the critically acclaimed Stars in Concert performance series. Each evening will spotlight one of these leading voices of musical theater, combining the intimacy of cabaret with the razzle dazzle of Broadway.


Last year’s inaugural run showcased the talents of Leslie Odom Jr., Andrew Rannells, Sutton Foster, and Stephanie J. Block, illuminating their musical journeys to stardom, revisiting favorite songs, and offering glimpses of future projects for an intimate live audience, and the millions of viewers at home.


Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars in Concert will run over three consecutive evenings in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Each artist will perform a 7:30 pm and a 9:30 pm set: December 18 with Annaleigh Ashford; December 19 with Megan Hilty; and December 20 with Cynthia Erivo. More information on each show can be found at


In addition to the live performances, each concert will again be taped by Live From Lincoln Center to air on PBS nationwide in three hour-long episodes in 2019.


“We are thrilled to have such an amazing group of artists join us for the second year of Stars in Concert,” said Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center. “Last year, the series received such a warm welcome by fans and artists alike, with more than 8 million at-home viewers, in addition to the live audience in the intimate Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. I can’t wait to see Ms. Ashford, Ms. Hilty, and Ms. Erivo shine on the Lincoln Center stage this season."


Annaleigh Ashford (FX’s American Crime Story: Versace) won a Tony Award for her portrayal of “Essie” in the Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It with You and recently starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. Megan Hilty, Tony-nominee for Noises Off, is best known as “Ivy Lynn” from NBC’s Smash and for her starring role in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical. Cynthia Erivo, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner for The Color Purple, is currently filming the title role in Kasi Lemmons’ highly anticipated Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet and can soon be seen in Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale opposite Jeff Bridges and Steve McQueen’s Widows opposite Viola Davis. Hilty and Ashford wowed audiences during past Live From Lincoln Center New Year’s Eve broadcasts; Hilty in 2012 and Ashford in 2017.


Tickets to all three Stars in Concert dates go on sale October 19 for Friends of Lincoln Center and on October 24 for the general public. Passes can be purchased online at, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices at Broadway and 65th Street.





Annaleigh Ashford

Described as “luminous” and “a sly comic genius” (New York Times), Broadway favorite Annaleigh Ashford has thrilled audiences in Sunday in the Park with GeorgeKinky Boots, and You Can’t Take It With You, for which she won a Tony Award. She also earned television fame with critically acclaimed turns on Masters of Sex and American Crime Story. For this special one-night engagement, Ashford lends her stunning vocals and comic verve to the gorgeous Appel Room, bringing ebullience and warmth to a New York winter evening.


Megan Hilty

With an operatic voice range and sunny charm, Tony-nominated songstress Megan Hilty is the epitome of musical stardom. After making her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked opposite Idina Menzel to critical acclaim, Hilty went on to star in Noises Off, 9 to 5, and NBC’s musical drama Smash. For one night only, the multifaceted artist brings her immense talents and infectious charisma to the twinkling Appel Room with a versatile set of songs celebrating favorite musical-theater composers and classic standards.


Cynthia Erivo

Bursting onto the scene with her star-making performance in The Color Purple, Cynthia Erivo is swiftly approaching the haloed EGOT status. The classically trained actor—she graduated from the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art—with a powerhouse voice already has a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award under her belt, and is now seamlessly making the transition from Broadway to the big screen. During this momentous time in her career, Erivo brings her rich vocals and radical talent to The Appel Room for a soulful evening of song.





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Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by The family of Robert Wood Johnson III, The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Stars in Concert is made possible through generous support from Meg and Bennett Goodman.




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