Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side
Virtual benefit concert
Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Jackson is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning songwriter/composer and a Tony Award® nominated actor best known for originating the role of George Washington in the cultural phenomenon Hamilton.
Accompanied by a live band, Jackson will be performing songs from his favorite musicals, pop standards, and some of his original material, and will share stories from his time affiliated with two of the most important musicals of the last decade In The Heights and Hamilton. Audience members will also be invited to text in questions, some of which will be answered during the live event.
Tickets for Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side are $40 per household and include access to the livestream performance plus an additional 72 hours of on-demand viewing of a video recording of the livestream, available beginning one hour after the live broadcast ends. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will support Hennepin Theatre Trust’s mission of creating positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations to create and enjoy cultural experiences. One example being through our Spotlight Education program, which instills confidence and community connection in more than 6,000 students statewide.
“As the Hennepin Theatre District remains dark, we are all adapting to new ways of bringing the excitement and joy of live entertainment to our audiences,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “Broadway and concerts have been an enduring driver of cultural vibrancy in the District. However, with social distancing and health concerns, we can’t offer those in-person shared experiences in our theatres.” Nerenhausen is optimistic that alternatives such as livestreaming concerts and events, combined with world-class artists, will help fill the void of live entertainment during this time of change.
Katie Simpson, Bank of America’s Minneapolis St. Paul market president said, “As the presenting sponsor of the Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin season, we love Broadway and we love that Hennepin Theatre Trust makes Broadway possible in our community.” Simpson hopes musical theater lovers will take advantage of this unique opportunity by adding “when you buy a ticket for the Christopher Jackson concert — you’ll get to hear a great artist while at the same time supporting the work Hennepin Theatre Trust does in Minnesota including public art initiatives and education programs in more than 100 schools across the state.”
“Nonprofit arts presenters are the lifeblood of the performing arts industry and a pipeline for young talent. Without them there is no Broadway,” said Jackson. “While everything is shutdown during this terrible pandemic, I am delighted to be able to help spread some joy and help raise some much needed support for these deserving organizations.”
More about Christopher Jackson
His Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, After Midnight, The Bronx Bombers (Derek Jeter), In The Heights (Benny), Memphis (Delray Farrell) and The Lion King (Simba). Off Broadway includes Bronx Bombers (Primary Stages), The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Co.), Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage), In the Heights (37 Arts), and Cotton Club Parade (ENCORES at City Center).
In film and TV, he has appeared in Freestyle Love Supreme (Pivot Network) Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife.