Women of Broadway: Vanessa Williams

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm


The Women of Broadway: Vanessa Williams | Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

One of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry, Vanessa Williams, will perform a mix of Broadway showtunes, pop songs and share stories from her career and personal life in the Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway concert series. Her performance will take place at The Shubert Virtual Studios on Manhattan’s West Side. At-home audience members will be invited to email in questions to be answered during the livestream.

Tickets for Vanessa Williams’ performance are $30 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.

Not only is this an exclusive show you can only get here, it’s also a chance to help small local theaters across Minnesota survive this difficult time. The Trust has teamed up with the Duluth Playhouse, Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria and the Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. Every ticket purchased supports efforts to ensure these community gems will raise their curtains when we can gather in person once again. As a statewide organization, we are grateful for our friends at these theaters for helping us bring high-quality, live cultural events to audiences across Minnesota.

About Vanessa Williams

Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz.

Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney’s Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Vanessa is a strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the LGBTQ+ community and minorities. She was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. Vanessa also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

Vanessa’s autobiography, “You Have No Idea,” co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Her recent Broadway credits include co-starring with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, (the #1 play of the 2013 season), After Midnight (2014), and a special limited engagement in Hey, Look Me Over at New York City Center in 2018. Vanessa was recently in previews for Josie Rourke’s City of Angels in London’s West End, when production was suddenly forced to pause due to COVID19.

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