After seeing photos of children separated from their families at the Mexican border, Rudetsky and Wesley quickly organized the event and texted Broadway stars – including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer and Chita Rivera – to take part.
“Seeing the images, we were really depressed,” Wesley told the Associated Press Friday. “It was so overwhelming. What do you do? All we can do is put on a show and hopefully educate people.”
The benefit concert is taking place at 5 p.m., the window between matinee and evening performances, allowing many of the Broadway stars to attend. The concert promises a mix between musical performances and comedy; Fey’s Mean Girls musical is currently running at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will go to four non-profit groups on the frontlines of the border crisis: Al Otro Lado, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Foundation of Texas and Florence Project.