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The Kennedy Center Gala with Idina Menzel

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:00 PM

Enjoy an experience of a lifetime when the Tony Award®–winning icon Idina Menzel takes the stage for an evening of music and festivity. 

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The Kennedy Center Gala with Idina Menzel
Celebrating the Human Spirit

Honoring Recipients of the 2019 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit:
Forest Whitaker, Citizen Artist

Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan, Distinguished Philanthropists
Event Chairs, Carol Melton and Jodie W. McLean

Enjoy an experience of a lifetime when the Tony Award®–winning icon Idina Menzel takes the stage for an evening of music and festivity. Perhaps best known for the Broadway blockbusters Wicked and Rent and the Disney animated hit Frozen, she shares her considerable talents as a vocalist and songwriter in a specially curated concert celebrating the recipients of the 2019 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit. With a set list mixing fan favorites and original songs, you know it’s going to be a wickedly good time.

Make this star-studded Gala evening even more special with a Party Pass! Starting at $350, Party Passes give you exclusive access to both the performance and an after-party with cocktails, dessert, and special performances. Additional event packages include access to the Human Spirit Award dinner and other unique benefits. Your package purchase also includes a philanthropic contribution to the Kennedy Center. Funds raised from the Kennedy Center Gala ensure the future of the organization’s programs, which set the national bar for arts learning, creativity, and accessibility, and also provide powerful, culturally relevant experiences for all of us.

More about Idina Menzel
Tony Award®–winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television, and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as “Elsa” in Disney’s Oscar®-winning Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, won the Oscar® for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award® for Best Song Written for Visual Media. A skillful songwriter, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes multiple cast albums and the solo albums Still I Can’t Be Still, Here, I Stand, and her latest album idina., released September 2016 on Warner Bros Records as well as idina: live in October 2018. Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award®–winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl in the blockbuster Wicked, and in her Tony®-nominated role as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize–winning Rent. Menzel was most recently seen on Broadway in the original production If/Then, for which she earned her third Tony® nomination. In May 2018, Idina starred in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway production of Skintight as Jodi Isaac, a woman reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman. Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs.

More about the Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit
The Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit recognizes recipients who have had an enduring impact on the advancement of arts, contributing to a culture of giving through philanthropy and through service. This year’s Distinguished Philanthropist Award goes to Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan of Chicago in recognition of their long and transformational contributions to Chicago’s cultural institutions. The Citizen Artist Award goes to artist, producer, and social activist Forest Whitaker for his work on peace-building initiatives in the U.S., Africa, and Latin America.