Ted Leonsis In Tune with Broadway Stars to Perform at Covenant House Concert

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Ted Leonsis
Ted Leonsis

Theodore “Ted” Leonsis, sports team owner, internet pioneer and filmmaker, has been named honoree for the 2012 Covenant House Washington gala and concert, “A Night of Broadway Stars,” to be held Wednesday June 20 at THEARC Theater in SE Washington, D.C.

Leonsis is founder, chairman, and majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Verizon Center.

He is founder and chairman of SnagFilms and vice chairman of Groupon.  A Georgetown University graduate, Leonsis was a founder of AOL.  He is actively involved in many philanthropic causes.

But can he sing?

Neil Berg on piano; Natalie Toro singing (Photo by: Covenant House) Neil Berg on piano; Natalie Toro singing

Well, he doesn’t have to, since others whose professions are onstage will be here to fulfill that role. The show is being hosted by composer and lyricist Neil Berg, whose credits include The Prince and the Pauper, Grumpy Old Men and 100 Years of Broadway.

Broadway stars will belt out show tunes from hits such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, DreamGirls, Evita, Funny Girl, Chicago, Wicked, Rent, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Honorary co-chairs for the concert are Mayor Vincent Gray and Linda Mercado Greene. Gray was the first executive director of Covenant House Washington for 10 years before he chaired the D.C. City Council and then went on to be elected mayor. The cause remains one of his favorite charitable projects.

Covenant House Washington protects hundreds of homeless, abused and trafficked youth each year.   It has multiple locations throughout the District.

Craig Shulman & Rita Harvey performing Phantom of the Opera (Photo by: Covenant House) Craig Shulman & Rita Harvey performing Phantom of the Opera

Covenant House is funded through 78% private philanthropic funds. It has 30 houses in 60 countries.

Individual tickets are $250, which includes one ticket to the show, a cocktail buffet reception, admittance to the After Party with the Broadway stars, and valet parking.

The theater is located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE (Anacostia).

www.covenanthousedc.org. Tel: 202.610.7897.