Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Team Up with Broadway Play for HIV Awareness
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are still riding off the success of their now platinum selling debut studio album, The Heist, are currently planning to head to Broadway for their next fundraiser.
The duo has partnered with the Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons at the Golden Theater to raise awareness and funds for the Construction for Change, which will help build medical centers for victims of HIV.
Post-show donations will be collected and merchandise, including posters and packs of Oreos signed by the cast and playwright Terrence McNally, will be sold, and 30/30 will put the proceeds toward the organization.
The 30/30 was created by Ryan’s mom Julie, who is a 30-year HIV survivor. The project aims to create worldwide healthcare facilities in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, and also hopes to offer comprehensive general healthcare.
On Tuesday, June 11, Julie will attend the performance and join the cast for a post-show TalkOut to discuss the topics the play and the organization share. Take a look at what lead producer Tom Kirdahy had to say below:
“It’s always been my goal to marry commercial productions with social justice. June is pride month so it feels right to be launching this at this moment. It starts here on Broadway, and hopefully it will extend well beyond New York. The mission of 30/30 is universal. There’s no expiration date and there’s no reason to stop.”
The play, Mothers and Sons, centers on a mother who returns to New York City years after her son’s death from AIDS and visits his former partner, who is married with a son.
Producers of the play reached out to Julie Lewis about working with 30/30 after the play raised more than $100,000 during last season’s two Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fund-raisers. Thoughts?